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Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?, Arts

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?

Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 8:18 pm

Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit, The Foreign Desk

Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit

President Obama flew out of Delhi this morning after a visit spread over three days that, as he put it, was “rich in symbolism but also in substance”. The symbolism included choreographed meetings and hugs and embraces with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, and the substance included a potential solution to a long-awaited deal on [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 2:30 pm

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest, Arts

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest

Arvind Panagaria one of India’s top economic advisers has a short fuse and shouts. Eighty-two year old Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul, the Nobel prize winning author has given what might turn out to be his last long interview, and Abdul Kalam, the 83-year old space and missile scientist who became India’s president, is greeted by young Indians [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 1:46 pm

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results, The Foreign Desk

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results

Delhi’s international airport was closed for two hours yesterday morning because President Obama is visiting India. He’s wasn’t however in the country and is not arriving for another four days, but everything is being rehearsed down to the finest detail, even closing the airspace around the capital.
That is partly because of intense and almost suffocating [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 11:06 am

India’s Seven Sisters – so near and yet so far

“Are you going on to India?” I found myself asking two Swiss tourists whom I met over New Year in India’s north-eastern state of Assam. I could try to justify the question by explaining that they had been talking about going next to the nearby countries of Bhutan and Nepal, but that wasn’t what was [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 7 January 2015 at 10:13 am

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda

An essential skill for being a successful head of government is to manage the troublemakers in your own party. David Cameron is failing to do that now with the anti-European Union wing of Britain’s Conservative Party, but Tony Blair did it successfully in the late-1990s when he curbed the power of trade unions and left-wingers [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 22 December 2014 at 11:51 am

Uber taxi rape displays India’s social and institutional flaws, Eagle Eye

Uber taxi rape displays India’s social and institutional flaws

When the international Uber taxi hire firm opened in India last year, it was seen as a potentially efficient and easily accessible alternative to creaky unreliable rivals cabs. That image was shattered late last Friday evening when an Uber driver allegedly raped a young woman in Delhi.
This demonstrated how little has changed since rapes hit [...]

By | Eagle Eye, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 8 December 2014 at 1:20 pm

After 30 years (tonight), little hope for Union Carbide’s Bhopal victims and contamination, Battle of Ideas

After 30 years (tonight), little hope for Union Carbide’s Bhopal victims and contamination

BHOPAL: India’s central government and the state government of Madhya Pradesh are in denial over the scale of the tragedy that occurred 30 years ago (right) when at least 5,000 people died here in a devastating Union Carbide gas leak that has caused continuing ill health for some 500,000. Neither government has even begun to deal [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 9:07 am

Bribe-free Railways Minister in India’s expanded cabinet, The Foreign Desk

Bribe-free Railways Minister in India’s expanded cabinet

Suresh Prabhu, who has been made India’s new railways minister, is most famous for losing his job in 2002 as power minister in the last Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government because he was not collecting bribes for his Maharashtra-based Shiv Sena party. His party boss, the late Bal Thackeray, insisted that he was replaced by [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 10 November 2014 at 4:15 pm

India at last commemorates, with Britain, its role in the ‘forgotten’ 1914-18 war, Battle of Ideas

India at last commemorates, with Britain, its role in the ‘forgotten’ 1914-18 war

It has taken a century for Britain and India to commemorate more than 70,000 Indian troops who died fighting in World War One, and it has taken India over 60 years to decide fully to mark the fallen in that and later wars. Over 1.4m Indian volunteers served in Europe, Africa and elsewhere between 1914 [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 9 November 2014 at 2:21 pm

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