India Insight

Dharavi’s once-booming leather industry losing its edge

April 1, 2014

A busy street in Asia’s largest slum Dharavi leads to a quiet lane where Anita Leathers operates its colouring unit. As children play near shops that sell everything from mobile phones and garments to raw meat and sweets, the mood at the leather unit is sombre.

Mumbai’s local delicacies no longer everyone’s cup of tea

January 27, 2014

Every day, for the past few decades, Dayanand Shenoy has taken an early morning train to Grant Road station in south Mumbai from his home in the suburb of Borivali. Initially, it was for work but now it’s just for oven-fresh mava cakes from B Merwan.

Mumbai police look to Bollywood for image makeover

November 19, 2013

Mumbai’s police department has deployed an unusual strategy to revamp its sagging reputation and to counter criticism that it hasn’t done a good job at solving crimes against women in the city – it called the biggest game in town and asked for help.

Kids rule the roost as Bollywood woos audiences

August 30, 2013

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Mumbai resident Gopal Das doesn’t usually go to the movies. It’s the children who drag him and his wife to the cinema to watch the latest Bollywood film.

A safe city no more: what went wrong in Mumbai

August 30, 2013

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An increasingly globalized city that has grown indiscriminately, a metropolis where inequality festers, and an urban sprawl blind to the needs of the poor. Mumbai is where a twentysomething photojournalist was gang-raped by five men this month, shattering perceptions that it is India’s safest city for women.

Reactions on Twitter to the Mumbai gang rape

By Reuters Staff
August 23, 2013

A photographer in her early 20s was gang-raped by five men in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests.

Not so safe in Mumbai any more

August 23, 2013

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When the Delhi gang rape made headlines last December, most Mumbai residents thought such a thing could never happen in their city.

Photographer gang-raped in Mumbai

August 23, 2013

A 22-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, evoking comparisons with a similar incident in Delhi in December that led to nationwide protests.

Anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar shot dead

By Kaustubh Kulkarni
August 20, 2013

Narendra Dabholkar, who campaigned against superstition in India for more than two decades, was shot dead in Pune on Tuesday, police said.

Mumbai blames lingerie-clad mannequins for sex crimes

May 28, 2013

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