India Insight

Why Rahul Gandhi stepped into the spotlight

January 20, 2013

The Congress has for a long time acknowledged Rahul Gandhi as heir apparent and several party members had openly said that he is their leader. Which means his appointment on Saturday as the party’s vice president — a post just below that of Congress chief and Rahul’s mother Sonia — was in many ways just a matter of finding him a suitable title.

Rahul Gandhi takes first step in race to be India’s next PM

By Reuters Staff
January 19, 2013

It’s the news some Congress leaders have waited for with bated breath. On Saturday, spokesman Janardhan Dwivedi announced the party’s decision to make Rahul Gandhi its vice-president.

‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ meets ‘Indian Idol’ in West Bengal

January 16, 2013

(Any career-destroying attempts at irony or humour are the responsibility of the author, and not of the chief ministers of Gujarat or West Bengal or any of their associates.)

Firing on LoC: Blame game and spillovers continue

January 15, 2013

Firing between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed region of Kashmir has left five soldiers dead (two Indians and three Pakistanis). In India, the issue became a front-page story with the media expressing outrage over reports that the body of one Indian soldier was allegedly mutilated by the Pakistanis.

LoC killings: Is a third-party probe the way ahead?

January 10, 2013

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Interview: Satisfied with response from police, government: rape victim’s father

January 7, 2013

Five men accused of the rape and murder of the 23-year-old student appeared in court on Monday to hear charges against them.

Photo gallery: Cold snap hits Delhi

January 3, 2013

Delhi winters typically are short, but they also get cold. This winter has been one of the worst in more than four decades. Temperatures have fallen to just above the freezing mark, and on Thursday rose to no more than 9.8 degrees Celsius, or 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Media reports say over 100 people have died in northern India as a result of the cold.

Responsibility or censorship: why Bollywood should pick

January 2, 2013

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Yo Yo Honey Singh: A vulgar obsession or our own creation?

December 31, 2012

(WARNING: Post contains graphic language. Reader discretion is advised. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily of Thomson Reuters)

Photo gallery: vigils after Delhi rape victim dies

December 29, 2012

Here are some photographs from our India Insight contributors that show vigils following the death on Saturday of a 23-year-old woman after six men raped her aboard a bus in Delhi on Dec. 16. We will update this post as more photos arrive. Thanks to Soumya Bandyopadhyay in Kolkata, Anoo  Bhuyan and Anuja Jaiman in Delhi and Vidya L. Nathan in Bangalore. Apologies for any inconsistent sizing or lack of uniformity. Note for non-Hindi readers or speakers: the sign in the first photograph says: “My voice is higher than my skirt.”