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Rahul Gandhi’s TV debut ideas are right but won’t win votes, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi’s TV debut ideas are right but won’t win votes

After ten years refusing to face a big media interview, Rahul Gandhi spent an hour and a half on a leading television channel at prime time last night explaining how he wants to reform the way that India and his Congress Party are run. His aim, he said, was to end rule by dynasties, introduce [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 11:02 am

Jaipur’s open and free literary extravaganza attracts 200,000, Arts

Jaipur’s open and free literary extravaganza attracts 200,000

India’s annual Jaipur Literature Festival, which finished two days ago, is different things to different people. With a total of over 200,000 footfalls and nearly 20,000 people registering for the first time each day, it is an enormous free-wheeling extravaganza of debate, humour and conversation. It has grown from just a few hundred people when [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 23 January 2014 at 7:04 pm

Manmohan Singh, 81, looks forward to history while Arvind Kejriwal, 45, makes it, The Foreign Desk

Manmohan Singh, 81, looks forward to history while Arvind Kejriwal, 45, makes it

As he approaches the end of his ten years’ as India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh hopes the “history books will be kinder” to him than the media and other critics. That was a recurrent theme at a large press conference lasting about 100 minutes that he gave in Delhi today. It was only his third [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 3 January 2014 at 2:36 pm

Christie’s wakes up the Indian art market with a $15m Mumbai auction, Arts

Christie’s wakes up the Indian art market with a $15m Mumbai auction

India’s slumbering modern art market came alive last night at Christie’s first auction in the country when astonishing prices were achieved totalling $15.45m (Rs96.5 crore), roughly doubling estimates. Collectors say that this was the result of extensive marketing by a big Chrisite’s team and the excitement of a live auction, though some of the top [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 20 December 2013 at 1:33 pm

Anti-America and anti-corruption key issues as India general election looms, The Foreign Desk

Anti-America and anti-corruption key issues as India general election looms

It’s almost general election time in India and the two main political parties are on the move to prove their credibility. In the past 24 hours, India has uprooted cordial diplomatic relations with the US that have been carefully nurtured for the past decade or more. It has also passed the Lok Pal Bill creating [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 18 December 2013 at 6:13 pm

India state elections demand political change without the Gandhis’ Congress Party, The Foreign Desk

India state elections demand political change without the Gandhis’ Congress Party

India is tired of the Congress Party and its dominant Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and will demand sweeping changes in the general election that is due to be held in just over four months’ time. It may not however just want a switch between the established Congress and the Bharatiya Janata (BJP) parties, but could demand something [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 8 December 2013 at 2:56 pm

India’s street kids fight back: with a broadsheet newspaper, Notebook

India’s street kids fight back: with a broadsheet newspaper

More than 11 million street children live in India – with no official existence and little hope of escaping the poverty cycle. But an extraordinary group of street kids in north India are raising their voices for change – they publish their own broadsheet newspaper, writing about the difficult issues that affect their lives.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 at 8:14 am

Odisha’s cyclone shows India can handle disasters but longer-term action is needed, The Foreign Desk

Odisha’s cyclone shows India can handle disasters but longer-term action is needed

When a massive cyclone hit the eastern Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) at the end of October 1999, at least four district officials abandoned their posts in panic or rushed to their homes, and the chief secretary flew on a private visit to the US a few days later. Some 10,000 people were killed as [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 14 October 2013 at 11:29 am

Rahul Gandhi lands Lalu Yadav in jail, but can he be a national leader?

The past week will be seen as a milestone in Indian history. Lalu Prasad Yadav, one of the most famously corrupt and once-powerful regional politicians, is losing his Lok Sabha parliamentary seat after today being sentenced to jail for massive embezzlement. This followed an astonishing public outburst last Friday by Rahul Gandhi, heir apparent to [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 3 October 2013 at 7:22 pm

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government, The Foreign Desk

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government

Much has been written about the findings of the United Nations report into the chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta area outside of Damascus on August 21, but there is one key piece of evidence contained in the report that stands out.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 5:54 pm

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