The Foreign Desk
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has caused some consternation and controversy by saying to an audience of doctors and scientists last weekend that plastic surgery and genetic science existed and were in use thousands of years ago in ancient India. That, he said at the dedication of a hospital in Mumbai on October 25, was [...]
Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a ten-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. Today (Oct 19) they have put two more building blocks in place with two state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they [...]
Two trends emerged from Sotheby’s auction of contemporary and modern India art in London on October 7, which achieved sales totalling £4.7m ($7.6m). The top lot was Tyeb Mehta’s notable Blue Painting with a bid of £930,000 (£1.12m including buyers’ premium), which was 50% above the lowest estimate.
The first trend is that, in the current [...]
Just back from a tumultuous five-day visit to the US, Narendra Modi yesterday launched his Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) by sweeping up rubbish in Valmiki Basti, a Delhi neighbourhood where Mahatma Gandhi, once stayed. It was the father of the nation’s birth anniversary, and a public holiday at the beginning of the long festival weekend [...]
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