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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

Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head, Battle of Ideas

Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head

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 [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 4:20 pm

Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins

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 [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 4:14 pm

Narendra Modi wows the US and sweeps the streets – now for the hard part, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi wows the US and sweeps the streets – now for the hard part

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 [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 4:49 pm

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy, Arts

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy

It hasn’t taken much to lift the gloom of Delhi’s elite. Three good months of economic growth plus a booming stock market were capped last night when India’s modern art market came alive with sales totalling Rs38.27 crore ($6.38m – £3.8m) at an auction mounted by Saffronart of Mumbai.
Only four of ninety works on offer [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 2:37 pm

Narendra Modi kick-starts India’s government in his first 100 days, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi kick-starts India’s government in his first 100 days

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata government is now celebrating its first 100 days in power. Modi is now in Japan on his first big international visit as the guest of prime minister Shinzo Abe, who has given him an effusively warm personal welcome that reflects their rapport
Two days ago it was announced that economic growth reached 5.7% for the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 31 August 2014 at 1:56 pm

Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort, The Foreign Desk

Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort

Narendra Modi has yet to show that his government can make a significant difference to the way that India is run and performs, but this morning he impressed critics as well as supporters with his first Independence Day speech as prime minister from the ramparts of Delhi’s majestic Red Fort.
Breaking with tradition, he ad-libbed his [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 15 August 2014 at 5:39 pm

Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark, The Foreign Desk

Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark

The current disillusionment with India’s new government is not surprising given the images built up in the past by prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi, a powerful regional politician, blasted his way to power in a presidential style campaign with the theme that he alone could save India from its declining [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 10:39 am

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings, The Foreign Desk

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings

In a society ridden with crony capitalism and crony politics, businessmen and politicians inevitably try to stop people writing books that reveal their goings-on. But there is a limit to how much disruption they can achieve.
This has been shown by the recent publication of three books, one of which uncovers many of the secrets of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 10:34 pm

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