India Insight

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

(The opinions expressed are the author’s own, and may not necessarily reflect those of Thomson Reuters)

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

November 4, 2012

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author. They are not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

How to insult people, Indian politician-style

October 31, 2012

If you were a reporter covering the Shiv Sena in 2006, the place to be was a nondescript restaurant located midway between party offices and those of Bal Thackeray’s nephew Raj, who rebelled and formed a new party after a fall-out with his uncle.

Subbarao: an RBI governor who can hold his own

October 31, 2012

When RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao had his tenure extended last year, a TV channel reported that 90 percent of bankers, economists and bond dealers in a poll felt the extension was good for the economy.

Market-friendly Chidambaram toes socialist line with fiscal plan

October 29, 2012

The usually crisp and precise P. Chidambaram was uncharacteristically vague on Monday while announcing the government’s fiscal consolidation plan. While pledging to bring the fiscal deficit down to 3 percent in 2016-17 from around 5.3 this fiscal, the Harvard-educated minister gave no details on how the government would achieve this feat.

Women shouldn’t have mobile phones, politicians should: politician

October 23, 2012

Witness the latest public relations trap for a loose-lipped Indian politician, courtesy of the Deccan Chronicle: