India Insight

Indian television getting too hot to handle

May 28, 2013

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

Love is in the air for Indians as V-Day police keep away

February 14, 2012

Conservative right-wing activists in India have their own version of how Valentine’s Day should be celebrated, if at all.

Moral brigade, media trials and law

May 3, 2010

In what is being seen as a significant judgement, India’s apex court recently dismissed all charges against south Indian actress Khushboo for her alleged remarks on pre-marital sex in a 2005 magazine interview.

Between the devil and the deep blue sea on V-Day

February 14, 2009

Never before have Indian lovers found themselves in such a situation. 
 
Accustomed to being chased by patrolling policemen from behind clumps of rose bushes at parks, I wonder if they are not a little bemused by the sheer number of people who have turned protector of young love.
 
They find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Hindu hardliners with a mandate to protect Indian culture from Western influence and anti-moral policing groups bent on helping them keep dates on Valentine’s Day.
 
Several citizen and political groups have spoken out against plans by the Sri Ram Sena, a little-known Hindu group, to stop couples canoodling on Valentine’s Day saying it went against Indian culture.
 
I know the lovers have always had it tough, but dating on V-Day this year might not prove to be easier.
 
If preparations are anything to go by, then one would think India was at war.
 
A concerned overseas friend, already jittery following a series of militant attacks in India, heard about the additional police deployment in parts of the country and called up. “Is everything all right? Why the additional security?”