Betwa Sharma
Politics Editor, HuffPost India

Entries by Betwa Sharma

Maneka Gandhi's Sex Determination Proposal Is All Manner Of Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:47 PM

NEW DELHI -- At a loss of how to deal with the crisis of female foeticide, described by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a "national shame," Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi recently suggested mandatory sex determination and registration of a foetus, which could...

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Ashok Chavan To Be Prosecuted For Adarsh Scam

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:29 AM

NEW DELHI -- The Central Bureau of Investigation will prosecute Congress Party leader Ashok Chavan for the offenses of cheating and conspiracy in the Adarsh Scam, which forced him to resign as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 2010.

On Thursday, Maharashtra Governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao, who was appointed...

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Karnataka Govt. Says Attack On Tanzanian Woman Was Not Racist, Not Stripped Naked

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 2:33 AM

NEW DELHI -- Four days after a Tanzanian woman was attacked on a street in Bengaluru, the government of Karnataka has refuted allegations that she was stripped and paraded naked, characterizing the incident as a mob reaction to an accident instead of a racist attack.

"There was no stripping and...

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Sushma Swaraj: 'Deeply Pained' By 'Shameful' Attack On Tanzanian Student

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 11:24 PM

NEW DELHI -- Three days after a 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly beaten and stripped on a street in Bengaluru, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she was "deeply pained over the shameful incident," and had asked the Siddaramaiah-led Congress Party government in Karnataka to ensure the safety...

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In VHP's Workshop In Ayodhya, Artisans, Sandstone Columns Await An Uncertain Moment

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 2:45 PM

AYODHYA -- Laki Ram keeps his head down, ignoring the tourists stopping to admire his work, but he does smile at a toddler gawking at him as he chisels a flower into a block of pink sandstone.

As the winter sun bathes huge slabs of sandstone in a golden...

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Arunachal Pradesh Governor Cited Cow Slaughter And Terror To Recommend President's Rule

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 11:33 PM

NEW DELHI -- Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa cited cow slaughter and terror as reasons for recommending the imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh.

On Wedensday, the Supreme Court gave the Narendra Modi government two days to respond to the Congress Party's petition challenging the imposition of central rule in...

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Arunachal Pradesh President's Rule: SC Gives Govt 2 Days To Respond To Congress Petition

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 2:28 AM

NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court has given the Narendra Modi government two days to respond to the Congress Party's petition challenging the imposition of President's Rule in the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Supreme Court today asked Governor J.P. Rajkhowa to submit the report in which he recommended...

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Modi Is An 'Above Average' Prime Minister: ABP-Nielsen Survey

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 12:50 AM

NEW DELHI - Despite all the grief about rising intolerance, an insatiable appetite for foreign trips, and flip flops while dealing with Pakistan, majority of Indians rate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's performance as "above average," according to a ABP News-Nielsen survey.


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Women Trying To Enter Temple In Maharashtra Stopped By Police

(4) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 12:04 AM

NEW DELHI -- Packing a punch for freedom on India's 67th Republic Day, hundreds of women tried to enter the inner shrine of a temple in Maharashtra, which has always excluded them.

Despite prohibitory orders to gather around the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar district, and resistance from local...

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Padma Awardees 2016 Announced By Indian Government

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 4:37 AM

NEW DELHI -- The Indian government on Monday announced the 2016 Padma Awardees.

The awardees, revealed ahead of Republic Day, every year, are conferred in three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.

Padma Vibhushan: actor Rajinikanth, classical singer Girija Devi, classical dancer Yamini Krishnamurthi, media baron...

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TERI Researcher Quits, Alleging Official Pressure For Help In Ending Sexual Harassment Case Against Pachauri

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 1:27 AM

UPDATE: Two days after this report was published, TERI refuted asking any of its staff members to approach the researcher to ask the complainant to drop the sexual harassment case against R.K. Pachauri.

"TERI categorically denies that it mandated any of its staff to mediate or negotiate with the...

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President's Rule Imposed In Arunachal Pradesh, Supreme Court To Hear Challenge Petition

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 12:37 AM

NEW DELHI -- Following a recommendation by the Union Cabinet, President Pranab Mukherjee signed the order to place Congress Party-ruled Arunachal Pradesh under President's Rule on Tuesday.

The Congress Party's petition challenging the imposition of central rule in the northeastern state will be heard by the Supreme Court today....

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Father Claims His Son Was Murdered Because He Was Hindu

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 3:17 AM

NEW DELHI -- The father of a teenager has claimed that his son was murdered because he was a Hindu.

Seventeen-year-old Savan Rathod was reportedly made to drink petrol and burnt alive by three three assailants in the Kasba Peth locality of Pune on January 13. He

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Rohith Vemula Suicide: Hyderabad University Revokes Suspension Of Four Dalit Students

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 4:29 AM

NEW DELHI -- After four days of protests, an outpouring of grief, and a political slugfest over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, Hyderabad Central University has revoked the suspension of four Dalit students.

Vemula was found hanging in his friend's room in the campus of Hyderabad University on Sunday....

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Rohith Vemula's Suicide: Smriti Irani Is Lying, Say SC/ST Professors At Hyderabad University

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 11:02 PM

NEW DELHI -- In the aftermath of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani announcing that a Dalit professor was on the council which suspended Rohith Vemula, professors from the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe community at Hyderabad Central University have rubbished her remarks.

On Thursday, ANI reported that ten...

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Rohith Vemula's Suicide Is Not A 'Dalit Vs Non Dalit' Confrontation, Says Smriti Irani

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 5:12 AM

NEW DELHI -- Three days after a 26-year-old Dalit scholar was founding hanging in his friend's room in Hyderabad Central University, Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani said that Rohith Vemula's suicide is not a "caste battle."

"This is not a Dalit versus non-Dalit confrontation," Irani told reporters at...

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Dalit Family Denied Road Access To Bury Family Members in Tamil Nadu

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:48 PM

NEW DELHI -- A Dalit family in Tamil Nadu was stopped from using a public road which leads to a burial ground, forcing them to put the dead bodies of their loved ones on ice for several days.

M. Karthikeyan, a 30-year-old Dalit from Nagapattinam, told The...

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Dalit Student's Suicide: Grief, Protests And Blame Game

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 2:45 AM

NEW DELHI -- Even as the suicide of a Dalit student in Hyderabad unleashed an outpouring of grief and sparked protests in several cities, the tragedy, which reveals discrimination inside an educational institution, deteriorated into an exploitative blame game on Tuesday.

Speaking at Hyderabad Central University today, Congress Vice...

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Aamir Khan Destroyed India's Brand Identity: Amitabh Kant

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 12:15 AM

NEW DELHI -- Aamir Khan continuing as the the brand ambassador of 'Incredible India' was untenable after he spoke about intolerance in India, last year, according to Amitabh Kant, a senior bureaucrat and a key driver of the campaign.

'Incredible India,' the government campaign to promote the...

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There Is Now An Orchid Named After Modi--Cymbidium Namo!

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 7:43 PM

NEW DELHI -- There is now an orchid name after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Monday, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted that a variety of the Cymbidium Orchid had been named "Namo."

The tweet said Modi had named two orchids, Sikkim Cymbidium Sardar and...

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