India Insight

South Indian masala remakes no longer a sureshot Bollywood hit

January 31, 2014

Once considered a permanent fixture on the yearly slate of most production houses, the masala film, a hodgepodge of romance, action and comedy that revolves around a flawless hero, is slowly losing its sheen among Bollywood audiences.

Organised players, growing acceptance boost India’s used car market

January 31, 2014

One would expect the former head of India’s No. 1 car maker to drive a glitzy new SUV or an imported luxury car, but Jagdish Khattar thinks differently. The industry veteran who spent 14 years at Maruti Suzuki now buys only second-hand cars and drives a used Volkswagen Passat.

Analysts remain positive on India’s IT stocks after 2013 rally

January 24, 2014

India’s information technology services businesses will continue to benefit from improving client demand from developed countries in 2014, pushing stocks higher after a stellar performance last year, analysts told India Insight.

Interview: AAP’s Yogendra Yadav defends Delhi protests, blames media

January 23, 2014

By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday defended his party’s protest against the police on the streets of New Delhi and blamed the media for “unsympathetic” coverage.

Catching them young to revive India’s glorious hockey past

January 22, 2014

It’s just after sunrise on a foggy winter morning in north India. Most people are snuggled up in quilts, but a group of teenagers with hockey sticks is out on the field. The ragtag bunch chasing a ball in Khera Garhi village, about 20 kilometres from central Delhi, shares a dream — to play in India’s field hockey team.

Interview: Congress session will lead to changes – Sachin Pilot

January 16, 2014

After years in the shadows as a reluctant heir-apparent, Rahul Gandhi is set for his own tryst with destiny, to lead the ruling Congress party in elections due by May that it has only a slim chance of winning.

In pursuit of the perfect lehenga in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk

January 16, 2014

Each evening, after pulling their shutters down, sari salesmen in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market sit down for three hours to fold their wares: embroidered, embellished saris and lehengas that customers browsed all day.

from Expert Zone:

U.S.-India dispute: A diplomat and a double-standard laid bare

By Jonah Blank
January 8, 2014

(The following essay is commentary. The views of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Reuters)

Interview: BJP’s Harsh Vardhan slams AAP-Congress alliance in Delhi

January 6, 2014

By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal

India’s Congress party and the upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) entered an “unholy alliance” to share power in Delhi following state elections in the national capital, the chief ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said in an interview on Dec. 31.

Equity funds underperform Sensex for first time since 2008

January 3, 2014

India’s diversified equity mutual funds rose in 2013 but underperformed the broader markets for the first time in five years, as returns were dampened by the losses in the mid- and small-cap shares as well as financial companies.