India Insight

Delhi rape: what it says about us Indians

By Parul Gupta
December 25, 2012

 Demonstrators run and throw stones towards the police during a protest in front of India Gate in New Delhi December 23, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

Delhi gang rape: protests for women’s rights attract politicking instead

December 23, 2012

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Delhi gang rape: a case for the death penalty

December 21, 2012

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Delhi gang rape case: ‘she deserved it’ is not a good argument

December 20, 2012

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Photo gallery: Old Delhi book fair is no page turner

December 19, 2012

The Ramlila Maidan in old Delhi is a reasonably eventful place. That’s what made the National Book Fair stand out; it was practically abandoned. On the second day of the event, there were fewer book stalls, unoccupied slots, and few enough visitors that you could count them on your fingertips. Then there was one organiser bellowing into his mobile phone about a lack of adequate power, and bored stall owners like this man:

A Twitter high five from the Pope? Maybe someday

December 13, 2012

As a practising Catholic, I was eagerly waiting to read Pope Benedict XVI’s first tweets. I didn’t expect to be blown away by the first few, but interest was building on the Internet, and I was part of that. Not many in India or my home state of Goa seemed to care very much. Perhaps they didn’t even know that the Pope had joined Twitter. But the small step by Pope Benedict on Wednesday, marks a dramatic change in the way the Church communicates to its faithful.

Ravi Shankar and the West’s search for the lost chord

December 12, 2012

There is a moment in the beginning of the Concert for Bangla Desh live album when sitar master Ravi Shankar and his fellow musicians play some notes on their Indian instruments. When they stop, the audience at Madison Square Garden applauds and cheers. “Thank you,” Shankar said. “If you appreciate the tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing more.”

Ravi Shankar, a song more felt than heard

December 12, 2012

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from The Human Impact:

Dial-a-maid, get-a-slave in middle class India

December 4, 2012

When I arrived in India some years back as a single mother and full-time journalist, there was one thing I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about – finding domestic help.

Window closing on Prime Minister Singh’s planned visit to Pakistan

November 29, 2012

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