Betwa Sharma
Betwa is the social media editor for HuffPost India. She also reports on human rights, politics, women and climate change. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Guardian, Time...among others. Besides India, she has reported from Afghanistan, Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Haiti, Ireland, the United States and the United Nations. After studying law at the National Law Institute University and Cambridge University, she spent two years at the Columbia Journalism School.

Entries by Betwa Sharma

Saina Nehwal Interview: 'The Last Year Has Been The Toughest Time Of My Life'

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Saina Nehwal is currently the world's No 1 women's singles player in Badminton. The 25-year-old is only the second Indian (after Prakash Padukone) to have achieved the top ranking in Badminton and became the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in Badminton when she won the Bronze in London...

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Jayalalithaa Sworn-In As Chief Minister Of Tamil Nadu

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 2:04 AM

NEW DELHI -- AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on Saturday morning in Chennai.

Jayalalithaa, 67, along with 28 ministers of her cabinet, were administered the oath of office by Governor K. Rosaiah at the Madras University Centenary Building....

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Zeshan Khan's Friends No Longer Want To Work With The Diamond Firm That Rejected Him For Being Muslim

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 12:46 AM

After a diamond export firm in Mumbai rejected Zeshan Ali Khan because he is a Muslim, the MBA graduate's friends are no longer seeking placement with Hare Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd.

Mukund Mani Pandey told TOI that he was made an offer after two rounds of the...

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Chief Secretary Row Mishandled On Both Sides: Sheila Dikshit

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:33 PM

While the turf war between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continues to deteriorate, Sheila Dikshit, who served three terms (15 years) as chief minister of Delhi, has described the dispute as “tragic.”

Jung and Kejriwal have fallen out over the temporary appointment of an...

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#ModiInsultsIndia Trends Worldwide As Furious Indians Slam Twitter Savvy PM's Overseas Remarks

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 5:55 PM

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooed the Indian diaspora in China and South Korea, his remarks about how Indians were once ashamed of their country, and they longed for the greener pastures of foreign lands, sparked fury over social media.

#ModiInsultsIndia became a global trending topic and was the second...

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Sikh Man, Who Removed His Turban To Save A Boy, Hailed As A Hero

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Harman Singh, a 22-year-old Sikh man, is being being showered with praise for his heroic act which involved breaking religious norms by removing his turban to cradle the head of boy who was hit by a car in New Zealand.

Singh was at home in South Auckland when he...

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#ReverseAFilmPlot: Plots Of Blockbuster Movies Reversed On Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 12:21 AM

Think of your favourite movie - shrink its plot into one line - and then turn the storyline on its head. That's what Twitter is doing today with the hashtag #ReverseAFilmPlot.

And so, "A powerful Jedi becomes a whiny farm boy"...."Godzilla moonwalks out of the ocean, puts a crumbled Tokyo...

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More Deaths Than The Ghats Could Bear: These Men Cremated Nepal's Dead

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 3:34 PM

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Laxman Keshi remembers spirals of smoke rising, and then weaving into a dense cloud, as hundreds of bodies were cremated on the banks of the Bagmati River in the week after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25.

“It felt like one sun was...

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IAS Officer Issued Notice For Wearing Sunglasses While Meeting Modi

(6) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 4:51 AM

IAS officer Amit Katari has been reprimanded by the Chhattisgarh State for wearing sunglasses while receiving Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit on May 9.

The district magistrate of Bastar was informed that he had not shown "integrity and devotion" towards duty, ANI reported.

Hindustan Times reported that...

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Modi In China: Historic Responsibility To Turn This Relationship Into A Source Of Strength

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:37 AM

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and China had a "historic responsibility" to resolve outstanding differences, build strong economic ties, and improve people-to-people contact between the two neighbours.

"We have a historic responsibility to turn this relationship into a source of strength...

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Dalit Groom Rides A Horse, Wears Helmet To His Wedding As Upper Caste Men Pelt Stones

(7) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:10 PM

Pawan Malviya was forced to replace his orange saafa with a helmet after stones were hurled at him by upper caste men, who objected to him riding a horse to his wedding in the Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh.

Customarily, Dalits grooms are not allowed by the upper caste to...

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WATCH: Delhi Cop Hurls Brick At Woman Who Refused To Pay A Bribe

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:05 PM

In a shocking display of police brutality, the head constable of Delhi traffic police, Satish Chand, hurled a brick at a woman in Delhi's Golf Links locality after she refused to pay a bribe for Rs. 200 on Monday as her children watched in horror.

Chand was discharged from service...

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Suggests Public Trials For Indian Media

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 1:27 PM

NEW DELHI -- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wants "public trials" for the Indian media to make it accountable for factually incorrect reporting.

"If you see that a TV channel has shown something that is factually incorrect then you should raise it by naming that channel," Kejriwal said on...

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Rahul Gandhi Says Modi Government Has 'Abandoned' Farmers

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 9:52 AM

NEW DELHI -- Congress Party-vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that farmers he met on the first day of his padyatra in Maharashtra felt abandoned by the Narendra Modi-government in the face of severe losses to their crops because of unseasonal rains and hailstorms.

More than

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In Villages With Failed Crops, Depression Is Taking Root

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 5:13 PM

Chepora, AGRA

Rajviri, a farmer's wife, tried to kill herself twice, last week. Her neighbours described how she lay down on the train tracks close to their village of Chepora, around 35 kilometres from Agra city in Uttar Pradesh.

"I don't want to live anymore," she said last week,...

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Crop Damage Drives Desperate Rajasthan Farmer To Commit Suicide At AAP Rally

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 3:35 PM

NEW DELHI -- As hundreds of people watched, horrified, a debt-ridden farmer from Rajasthan — a father of three — wrapped a wash cloth around his neck and hanged himself from a tree not very far from the stage from which Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a rally...

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India's New Low: Woman Molested Under The Sea By Diving Instructor

(9) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:14 PM

The conversation around "Is no place safe for women," over the past few years, has included homes, schools, street corners, fields, toilets, cabs and buses. But India just doesn't seem to run out of spots where women can be raped and molested.

This chilling story from the Arabian Sea...

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Modi And Rahul Gandhi Should Listen To What This Farmer Has To Say

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:52 PM

NEW DELHI -- Ram Kanwar, a farmer from Rajasthan, who has lost his crops to unseasonal rain and hail, is looking for a leader who can help him through this crisis, but he doesn't believe it can be Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi...

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Watch: Acid Attack Survivor Wants To Move Forward, You Can Help

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 11:39 PM

This video contains graphic content.

How is that when a woman does everything right -- zealously pursues her education and joins the workforce against all odds, defies her parents to marry the man she loves, and then makes compromises so they can live a happy life -- that life...

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Subramanian Swamy's New Hindutva Outfit Is For English-Speaking, Social Media Savvy Indians

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 11:04 AM

Earlier this month, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy launched Virat Hindustan Sangam, a new Hindu organisation, which, he told HuffPost India, will be a “promoter of a renaissance in India."

In a tumultuous political career spanning four decades, Swamy has rarely been very far from controversy. He has been a lawmaker...

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