India Insight

Zubeen Garg: not Assamese enough for separatist group

April 23, 2013

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When in Assam, sing like the Assamese do. That was the message from the separatist group United Liberation Front of Assam to singer Zubeen Garg. The 40-year-old singer, born in Jorhat in Assam, irked ULFA last week when he sang Hindi songs at a Bihu festival.

Delhi rape case reignites police reform debate

April 23, 2013

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Journalist Sardesai sours on Twitter: “Had hoped to interact; failed.”

April 22, 2013

(The following post contains some essential Hindi translation help from my colleagues Arnika Thakur, Suraj Balakrishnan and Havovi Cooper. Any remaining errors or lack of precision are my fault as I reviewed and participated in all translations. Additionally, any opinions here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters Corp.)

Thirty-three percent of world’s poorest live in India

April 18, 2013

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Should India ban Internet porn?

April 16, 2013

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Suffering and apathy in Jaipur: drivers ignore hit-and-run victims

April 15, 2013

“Murderously selfish India: Woman, baby die in terrible accident in Jaipur as husband, son beg passersby for help.”

from The Human Impact:

“Urinating in dams” to solve India’s drought? Minister faces backlash

April 14, 2013

As India's western state of Maharashtra reels from the worst drought in over four decades and millions of people face the risk of hunger, a top official has sparked outrage with a crass, insensitive joke that he should urinate in the region's empty dams to solve water shortages.

State elections loom in Karnataka, a state split wide open

April 11, 2013

With legislative assembly elections in the state of Karnataka just weeks away, politicians are preparing for an ugly battle for a state whose political future looks wide open.

When did Narendra Modi become a “poster boy?”

April 8, 2013

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People say we should’ve priced our coffee higher – Tata Starbucks CEO

April 4, 2013

At first glance, Avani Davda looks like any other young person standing outside Starbucks waiting for a cup of coffee. Davda, 33, is not your typical customer. In fact, she is head of the Starbucks-Tata joint venture that brought the U.S. coffee chain to a country that traditionally wakes up to tea.