India Insight

Aung San Suu Kyi’s India visit: Killing softly with her words

November 19, 2012

Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to India last week was more than a homecoming of sorts to a country where she went to school and college, and which shaped her political beliefs. It was also about repairing ties frayed by New Delhi’s abrupt decision in the mid-1990s to engage with the military junta in Yangon after decades of support for her campaign. She ended up reminding the world’s largest democracy of how far it had strayed away from the ideals of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, in the pursuit of realpolitik.

Woman’s death poses tough abortion questions for India and Ireland

November 17, 2012

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Indians: inherently unhygienic? Indian writer touches third rail

November 16, 2012

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The emerging world’s education imperative

By Shashi Tharoor
November 15, 2012

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Madhya Pradesh chief minister exorcises English, exercises investors

November 12, 2012

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India stepping up to the challenge of post-2014 Afghanistan

November 12, 2012

Racing through the deserted streets of Kabul at nighttime, you are likely to be stopped at street corners by policemen once, twice or even more. If you are a South Asian, as I am, their guard is up even more. “Pakistani or Indian?” the cop barks out as you lower your window. When I answer “Indian”, he wants me to produce a passport to prove that, and as it happens, I am not carrying one. So I am pulled out of the car in the freezing cold and given a full body search, with the policemen muttering under his breath in Dari that everyone goes around claiming to be an Indian, especially Pakistanis.

Bob Geldof, Goa and the Maldives: take offense where you can find it

November 11, 2012

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Elsewhere in India: Maria Sharapova wins hearts, minds of cameramen

November 11, 2012

Here’s some more news that we found in the Indian press over the weekend and would like to share with you. Rather than present stories of great national importance, we would like to highlight some of the items that you are less likely to see in world news reports. Any opinions that the author might express are surely beneath contempt, and are not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters.

Elsewhere in India: girls, mobile phones and slapping your tormentors

November 11, 2012

Here’s a short roundup of regional news in India that attracted our interest this weekend. Any opinions expressed by the author are no doubt ill informed and ridiculous. Aditya Yogi Kalra contributed to this post.

Elsewhere in India: a Hitchcock escape at Kashmere gate, and more…

November 9, 2012

(Editor’s note: please bear with us as we find a digest that you can digest. Anything that causes indigestion is the result of something that the author said, and is in all likelihood incorrect, specious and wrong)