India Insight

The emerging world’s education imperative

By Shashi Tharoor
November 15, 2012

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

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

(Any opinions expressed here are the author’s own. Any offense that the author causes is unintentional.)

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)

Keep your distance, speak English

November 8, 2012

I discovered when I wrote the blog post, “Hindi, Tamil and English: linguistic lessons in pragmatism,” that I am not the only person who thinks languages in India is an interesting topic. The comments that I received in that post, in which former Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju wrote about the value of learning communal languages such as Hindi and English, reflected opinions from all over the map, and usually centered on how my language is best vs your language is worst.

Civics clashes with religion as women face bans from some Indian shrines

November 6, 2012

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Women fast for their men on Karva chauth, but why?

November 4, 2012

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