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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

Indian democracy a fig leaf that obscures failures, The Foreign Desk

Indian democracy a fig leaf that obscures failures

India has been in a state of denial for years. It is rightly proud of its vibrant and chaotic democracy which is on show in the current general election and has survived and been accepted almost without question since Independence. But it is in denial because it has not been prepared [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 8:08 pm

Dish of the Day: Cooking in Bangladesh, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Cooking in Bangladesh

I’m here in Dhaka to do my little bit for Learning for Life to erase child labour in a country riddled with it. I’m not going into a charity rant, I’ll leave that to them, but what I can do is try to cook something tasty for key Bangladesh politicians. That’s the plan, anyway.

By | Dish of the Day | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 9:55 am

India’s MPs cripple parliament to protect business deals, The Foreign Desk

India’s MPs cripple parliament to protect business deals

Unprecedented chaos and violence that closed India’s Lok Sabha parliamentary proceedings yesterday graphically demonstrates how respect for India’s most revered institutions is crumbling as greed and raw politics disrupt the functioning of government and the running of the country.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 12:32 pm

Moderate sales and lots of people at Delhi’s India Art Fair, Arts

Moderate sales and lots of people at Delhi’s India Art Fair

Delhi’s annual India Art Fair, which closed tonight, is as important for the focus it brings to Indian art and for other events that happen at the same time across the city as it is for the show itself, which has settled into a predictable mould in its sixth year.
Indeed, the exhibitions away from the [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 7:42 pm

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

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

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

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