Journalist, New Delhi
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May 16, 2011
via India Insight

Women power triumphs in state polls. What next?

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The people’s verdict in the state elections of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu has put Mamata Banerjee and J. Jayalalithaa in the chief minister’s chair. With Sheila Dikshit in Delhi and Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh, India will now have four women chief ministers — no mean feat for a country that usually associates politics with the male gender.

Still, the poll triumphs can’t hide that the road to women’s empowerment in India has plenty of bottlenecks. For one, critics of the Women’s Reservation Bill (which if passed will reserve one-third of parliament and assembly seats for women) have ensured the bill has remained on the table in the lower house of parliament.

Feb 7, 2011

U.S. concerned over Indian trade barriers

NEW DELHI, Feb 7 (Reuters) – U.S. commerce secretary Gary
Locke expressed concern on Monday over India’s restrictive trade
policy, saying it impeded investment despite growing economic
and security ties between the two nations.

Despite its growing global weight, India is still only the
14th biggest trading partner for the United States, and
obstacles from outsourcing controversies to the Doha world trade
round and market access have put the brakes on faster
integration.

Feb 7, 2011

U.S. concerned over barriers to India trade ties

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Monday he was concerned about India’s tariff and non-tariff barriers, highlighting the hurdles in boosting bilateral trade despite their growing economic and security ties.

Locke’s remarks came after a meeting with Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma where the two sides reviewed progress on thorny issues such as market access and non-tariff barriers.

Feb 3, 2011

“Black beauties” fire up India’s railway tourism

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The pounding of pistons, the rhythmic chuff of a locomotive and storybook names such as “Fairy Queen” are all part of the allure of India’s old-fashioned steam railways, which once tied together this vast nation.

Now, heritage train aficionados are turning their passion toward the foreign tourist market, hoping for even more attention — and preservation — for the “Iron Ladies” they love.

Jan 24, 2011

Pet lovers spark new fads as ownership surges

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – As incomes surge in economically booming India, pet lovers are driving the growth of a whole range of new trends, from organic pet toys to crystal healing and even nail painting for cats.

The pet care market in India has risen from $31 million in 2003 to $64.34 million last year, says pet care magazine Creature Companion quoting Euromonitor International, as millions of people moved into the middle class and disposable incomes grew.

Jan 24, 2011

India pet lovers spark new fads as ownership surges

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – As incomes surge in economically booming India, pet lovers are driving the growth of a whole range of new trends, from organic pet toys to crystal healing and even nail painting for cats.

The pet care market in India has risen from $31 million in 2003 to $64.34 million last year, says pet care magazine Creature Companion quoting Euromonitor International, as millions of people moved into the middle class and disposable incomes grew.

Jan 19, 2011

BOOK TALK: Kashimiri author writes exile odyssey

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – Once the backdrop of romantic Bollywood movies in the 1960s and 1970s, Kashmir’s idyllic image has darkened since a separatist rebellion broke out two decades ago, forcing many into exile from a beloved homeland.

Siddhartha Gigoo’s debut novel, “The Garden of Solitude,” is a poignant story about a boy named Sridar who belongs to a Hindu sect called Kashmiri Pandits — like Gigoo — and flees with his family from the divided, mainly Muslim Himalayan region.

Dec 31, 2010

Bowling, badminton and Bollywood for New Year in India

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – Urban Indians are making the most of new-found economic independence and confidence this New Year’s Eve to shed traditional celebrations for the delights of bowling, go-karting, indoor golf and other diversions.

Leisure sports, badminton and volleyball competitions as well as musical productions are some of the activities Indians with a bit of money will choose to do and see this New Year’s eve instead of long family dinners, drinking and nightclubs.

Dec 31, 2010

Bowling, badminton and Bollywood for Indian New Year

By Rohan Dua

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) – Urban Indians are making the most of new-found economic independence and confidence this New Year’s Eve to shed traditional celebrations for the delights of bowling, go-karting, indoor golf and other diversions.

Leisure sports, badminton and volleyball competitions as well as musical productions are some of the activities Indians with a bit of money will choose to do and see this New Year’s eve instead of long family dinners, drinking and nightclubs.

Nov 24, 2010

Book Talk: Dance bars show “Bombay Noir”

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A television report on Mumbai’s dance bars and the controversy over whether they should be banned or not first piqued Sonia Faliero’s interest in the vast network of bars in India’s financial hub and the women who worked there.

But the more she learned the more intrigued she became by the complicated world she found in Mumbai, once known as Bombay.