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

Justice Katju On Gay Marriages: "Nonsense, Humbug"

(8) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Justice Markandey Katju, retired Supreme Court judge, former chairman of the Press Council of India and prolific expresser of opinions, today brought his wisdom to bear on gay marriages and single women, and he disapproves of both.

"Nowadays many so called 'modern' people are demanding legalizing gay relationships and...

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Remembering The 2004 Tsunami

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 8:55 AM

On the morning of Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake whose epicenter was located 160 km off Indonesia's Sumatra coast, unleashed the most powerful tsunami recorded in history.

It killed about 230,000 people in 14 countries.

India lost more than 16,000 people as villages were wiped out along...

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Hina Bhat: 'I Think BJP Will Be More Comfortable With National Conference'

(2) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 8:15 PM

Hina Bhat, one of the two Kashmiri Muslim women who contested as candidates for the Bharatiya Janata Party from the Kashmir Valley, became famous for her controversial statements during the election campaign for Jammu and Kashmir State elections.

On Tuesday, Bhat lost from the Amirakadal constituency to...

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9 Stills From The Dera Sacha Chief's 'Messenger of God' Trailer You Cannot Unsee

(6) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it God? Is it Rajinikanth, who's a combination of all of those?

No - its Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of a religious sect known as the Dera Sacha Sauda, who, in his bid to dethrone every known...

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5 Sex Products Indians Can't Stop Buying

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 1:04 PM

In India, talking about sex is still taboo. Buying condoms at your neighbourhood store is uncomfortable. Selling sex toys could land you in court.

But Samir Saraiya, a former Microsoft executive in Singapore, found that five to ten percent of global searches for erotic lingerie, sexual fantasy games and...

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PK Haters Clash With Supporters of the Movie On Twitter

(9) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:54 AM

Haters and supporters of the recently released Aamir Khan-movie, PK, clashed on Twitter in an impassioned battle of 140 characters.

Khan plays an alien whose quest to recover his lost remote, which he needs to return home, ends up challenging our beliefs in God and religion. "Thus is the...

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Subramanian Swamy Complains To Facebook About Parody Account, Facebook Responds By Pulling Original

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy is clearly having a bad day. Facebook accidentally deleted his official page instead of an account Swamy complained of parodying him, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Scroll News reported that the deleted is a fan page run by the ShankhNaad team, which...

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Bollywood Review Round Up: Aamir Khan's 'PK'

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 3:45 AM

Aamir Khan’s almost-naked poster for his movie PK caught India's attention. But has the movie lived up to the anticipation triggered by one of most risqué posters from Bollywood? Here is our roundup of the reviews for PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, which has Khan playing an alien.


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Pakistanis Protest With Indians Against Release Of Terror Suspect

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:14 AM

After Indians mourned the killing of 132 innocent children in a deadly attack by the Taliban in Peshawar on Tuesday, Pakistanis have now stepped up to show their solidarity with Indians who are furious at the decision of a court in Islamabad to grant bail to Zakiur Rehman...

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'동성애 불법'의 사회에서 싸우는 인도 동성애자들의 삶

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:06 AM

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정확하게 1년 전, 인도 대법원은 동성간의 섹스가 불법이라고 판결했다.

2013년 12월 11일 인도 대법원은 동성애 행위를 해금한 델리 고등법원의 2009년 결정을 번복했다. LGBT 운동가들이 10년 이상 벌인 인권 투쟁으로 델리 고등법원은 인도 형법 377조 항을 불법화하면서 동성애가 불법이 아니라고 결론...

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A Day After Peshawar Attack, India Mourns With Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 2:32 PM

As parents buried their children in mass funerals in Pakistan on Wednesday, India joined its neighbour in mourning the loss of innocent lives, a day after the horrific attack on an army-run school in the city of Peshawar.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan killed 132 students at the school....

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Viral Image Of Little Red Shoe Is Not From Peshawar

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:01 PM

The chilling image of a child's bloody shoe, which went viral over social media on Tuesday, it turned out is not from the scene of the horrific killing of school children by the Taliban in Peshawar.

BBC reported that a search on the photo-lookup site TinEye revealed it...

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What Is The Pakistani Taliban Trying To Show By Killing Peshawar's Schoolchildren?

(21) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 12:38 AM

The gunmen who entered a school Tuesday morning in Peshawar, near the frequently violent border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, didn't attempt to take hostages. They walked from classroom to classroom, spraying bullets into schoolchildren. One of the attackers on the suicide mission detonated his vest immediately on...

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O que o taleban paquistanês quer mostrar com os ataques à escola de Peshawar?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Os atiradores que invadiram uma escola na manhã desta terça-feira (16) em Peshawar, no Paquistão, perto da violenta região de fronteira com o Afeganistão, não tentaram fazer reféns. Eles caminharam de classe em classe, disparando contra as crianças. Um dos integrantes da missão suicida detonou seu colete imediatamente...

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Taliban Attack Unites India And Pakistan In Grieving

(10) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 6:52 PM

“Somedays overwhelm years of painful history,” is a tweet from an Indian.

“Dear #India, thank you for this: #IndiawithPakistan. You are awesome,” is a message from a Pakistani.

"As ever, we're ironically divided by nationalism but united by terrorism," is a message from an Indian.

Twitter, which...

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In Pictures: The Days That Shook India

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:25 AM

The horrifying 2012 Delhi gang rape shook the conscience of India like few other incidents before it. Here is a timeline of the events in pictures.

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Nirbhaya's Father Says Delhi Has Not Changed 2 Years After Rape And Murder Of His Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Does it get easier to cope with the heartache of losing your daughter after two years? “No,” said Badrinath, father of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student who died tragically in December 2012, and has been since known as Nirbhaya - the Fearless One.

Nirbhaya died two weeks after she was...

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Indians shocked and outraged by the killing of students in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:50 AM

Indians reacted with shock and outrage at the killing of scores of students at a school in Peshawar, which was attacked by Taliban on Tuesday.

"They have been ordered to shoot the older students but not the children," the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman said.

The Indian government has...

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Climate Change Deal Reached in Lima

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 7:12 PM

UPDATE: Negotiators from over 190 countries reached a deal on Sunday morning in Lima that will obligate all nations to combat climate change.

The United Nations conference was extended by more than 24 hours as poor countries demanded that rich countries do more to tackle the global crisis. It isn't...

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