India Insight

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:

Slayer extends its ‘reign in blood’ to Bangalore

October 23, 2012

Bangalore houses what might be an outsize share of India’s metal heads, so it’s appropriate that this was the city that thrash metal band Slayer picked for their first show in India. The band played in one of the city’s outlying suburbs, and drew a crowd from all over, including Vietnam, as they played a set list that stretched back through albums such as “Reign in Blood,” to “Show No Mercy,” their debut album from 1983.

Starbucks arrives in India, gains spice, loses flavour

October 19, 2012

(Warning: there’s barely a lick of reporting in this blog post. Opinions are the author’s only, and almost certainly are wrong.)

Photo gallery: from Dussehra melas to Durga Puja pandals

October 18, 2012

I don’t know if the smartphone-toting Indian of the shopping malls still frequents festival melas. As for me, I can’t help but feel drawn to these vibrant mass gatherings during festivals.

Selling your spouse: when is it legal?

October 16, 2012

Don’t ever think that I ask only smart questions.

Here’s a story that I found in the Times of India today: a man sold his wife to a broker for Rs. 6,000 (about US$114). This was the money that he needed to keep himself in liquor, the Times reported.

From AlertNet: Water scarcity compounds India’s food insecurity

October 16, 2012

These are the personal views of Siddharth Chatterjee  and do not reflect those of his employer, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Follow him on Twitter: @sidchat1