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

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

(7) 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

(3) 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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Rahul Gandhi Meets With Farmers Ahead Of Kisan Rally

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 1:51 AM

NEW DELHI - Ahead of a massive 'Kisan-Khet Mazdoor' rally on Sunday, Congress Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi met with farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab at his office in Delhi.

This meeting on Saturday morning was Gandhi's first public appearance since he returned from his nearly two-month-long...

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Yogendra Yadav Mocks AAP Show Cause Notice On Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 1:16 AM

On Saturday, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav made fun of the show-cause notices which were sent to him and his colleague Prashant Bhushan, late last night.

Yadav and Bhushan, who have been dubbed as the "rebel duo" of the Aam Aadmi Party for challenge the authority of its chief, Arvind...

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Acid Attack Survivor Sonali Mukherjee Marries Electrical Engineer In Jharkhand

(10) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:57 AM

This Indian love story defies how fairytales have traditionally unfolded - there is no prince, who rescues a damsel in distress, before they live happily ever after. The heroine in his modern-day fairytale is Sonali Mukherjee, an acid attack survivor, who fell in love with Chittaranjan Tiwari, an electrical engineer.

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St Stephen's Student Sues Principal For Banning Online Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Devansh Mehta, a third-year philosophy student at St. Stephen's College, has sued its principal for banning an online magazine, which he co-founded and published in March, as a violation of free speech.

The principal, Valson Thampu, claims he did not give permission to publish 'St. Stephen’s Weekly e-magazine,' which...

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Vijay Mallya's Private Jet Sold For Scrap To Recover Kingfisher Airlines Dues

(8) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:54 PM

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya's 11-seater private jet has been sold for scrap to pay for the dues on his grounded carrier Kingfisher Airlines at the Mumbai International Airport.

Mumbai International Airport has auctioned his jet for Rs. 22 lakh, according to Mid Day. The buyer, Silent Enterprises,...

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Andhra Pradesh Forest Killings: A Drink Saved His Life, Says Witness Who Escaped

(3) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:27 AM

It was liquor that saved him, said a witness, who claimed to be traveling with the men allegedly killed by the Andhra Pradesh police in the Seshachalam forest near Tirupati on April 7, 2015.

On April 6, Balachandran, a daily wage labourer said that he traveled with eight other...

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Jallianwala Bagh Massacre: 96th Anniversary Remembered On Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 1:06 AM

Twitter, today, marked the 96th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, where British-Indian troops, comprising mostly of Gurkhas, opened fire at a peaceful gathering of Punjabis on April 13, 1919.

It was General Reginald Dyer who gave the orders to shoot at the unarmed men, women and...

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Meet The Muslim Girl Who Won The Bhagavad Gita Competition

(42) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 3:20 PM

The last of 100 multiple choice questions in the Bhagavad Gita competition was as follows: What does Radha do when she sees Krishna? The options were dance, sing, smile or none-of-the-above.

Radha is the beloved of Lord Krishna, revered by Hindus around the world.

Mariyam Asif Siddiqui, a...

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Chittoor Killings: AP High Court Orders Murder Case To Be Registered

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 4:41 AM

On Friday, the Hyderabad High Court ordered the state government to register a case for murder under Section 302 in the encounter of 20 "smugglers" in the forests of Chittoor on Tuesday.

The Andhra Pradesh government alleges that the 20 dead men, who belong to Tamil Nadu, were red...

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'Re Start' Art Auction Will Raise Funds For Kashmir Flood Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:30 PM

It's been six months since the residents of Kashmir Valley were hit by one of the deadliest floods in living memory. Images of wreckage and desolation played in a loop for almost two weeks on news channels. Thousands of families were tossed back to the starting line after their homes,...

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Lahore High Court Orders Release Of Alleged 26/11 Mastermind

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 5:46 AM

Lahore High Court suspended the detention order against alleged 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on Thursday, and ordered his immediate release.

Lakhvi, 55, has been accused of planning the deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai in November 2008, which claimed 166 lives in the heart of India's business capital....

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IPL Kicks Off In Star-Studded Splendour In Kolkata

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 11:32 PM

The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League kicked off in star-studded splendour at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday night.

The opening ceremony of the cricket tournament, delayed because of heavy rain, began around 9:00 pm. Despite being drenched, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause...

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Aviation Minister Says He Carries Matchboxes On Planes

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 5:33 AM

In a bizarre spell of bragging today, civil aviation minister A. Gajapathi Raju said that he regularly flouts airline strictures by carrying matchboxes inside planes since he is never “frisked" because of his government position.

Before becoming the union minister, Raju said, he lost many matchboxes and lighters in...

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Delhi Road Rage Killing Triggers Anguish And Outrage

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 2:01 PM

The death of Shahnawaz, a 38-year-old father, in a horrific episode of road rage on Sunday night in central Delhi has triggered an outpouring of grief and outrage.

On Monday, furious protestors staged demonstrations and blocked roads to express their anguish at the senseless tragedy, which unfolded near Turkman...

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Bodies Of Couple Found In Suspected 'Honor Killing' In Haryana

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 4:37 AM

In a suspected case of "honour killing," the bodies of a young couple were found in two trunks near a park in the Sonipat district of Haryana.

While the police launched its investigation on Monday, some gruesome details have emerged.

The bodies show signs of strangling, NDTV

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