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

WATCH: Stalin Slaps A Passenger In The Chennai Metro

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:39 AM

Indian politicians are behaving exceptionally badly, this week.

After Union Minister Kiren Rijiju forced passengers to deplane so that he could get a seat on an Air India flight in Leh, DMK leader M.K. Stalin, son of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, has been caught on video...

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Kashmir Human Rights: India Has Failed Its Own Constitution, Says Amnesty International India

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:47 AM

In a damning report, Amnesty International has said that no member of the security forces in Kashmir has ever been tried for human rights abuse in a civilian court since 1990, when the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) came into force in the conflict-ravaged region.


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An Excellent Supreme Court Decision Is Marred By The Linking Of Honour And Rape

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 8:26 PM

NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court today made an excellent ruling--mediation, compromise or settlement should not be encouraged in cases of rape or attempted rape. The ruling is timely. Just last week, the Madras high court outraged the country when it granted bail to a rape convict so he could...

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Supreme Court Says Settlement In Rape Cases Is A 'Spectacular Error'

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:00 PM

NEW DELHI -- A week after the Madras High Court gave bail to a man convicted of raping a teenager in 2002, and ruled that he should have a "mediation" session with the survivor, who gave birth to a child after the sexual assault, the Supreme Court has ruled that...

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PM Modi Launches 'Digital India', Promising Lakhs Of Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 8:05 AM

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched an ambitious initiative to digitise India by making Internet access available to over two lakh villages by 2019, promoting e-governance, e-banking, e. education and e-health, and transforming India into a knowledge economy.

Covering issues ranging from cyber security and promoting...

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Modi Refused To Meet Kejriwal Today, Says AAP

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:54 AM

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday even though the Aam Aadmi Party chief had sought an appointment ten days ago to discuss issues of governance in the capital.

"Last week when we asked about the chief minister's request for...

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#SelfiesWithDaughters: Meet The Haryana Sarpanch Who Inspired Modi's Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 8:18 PM

Midway through listening to a routine radio broadcast on Sunday, Sunil Jaglan got the surprise of his life. That is when Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked listeners of his periodic Mann Ki Baat (matters of the heart) broadcast to take up Jaglan's idea of posting a selfie with their daughters...

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Lalit Modi Scandal Refuses To Die Down As BJP Attempts Brazen-It-Out Approach

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:15 PM

NEW DELHI -- The Lalit Modi scandal that has ensnared two senior BJP leaders thus far is refusing to die down with opposition parties intensifying street protests in the capital and the Congress levelling new charges against Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

The Congress has released a fresh...

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ICC Confirms Receiving Lalit Modi's Letter On Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo: Report

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:53 AM

NEW DELHI -- The International Cricket Council's chief executive David Richardson has confirmed that he had received a letter from the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, containing information about three cricketers accepting bribes from a real estate magnate in Mumbai.

The Times of India report suggests that...

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Modi's #SelfieWithDaughter Campaign Receives An Overwhelming Response On Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call out for fathers and daughters to post their selfies on Twitter received an overwhelming response on Sunday, with the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter trending worldwide.

Modi launched the campaign on his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat' as part of the 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' (Save your...

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Lalit Modi Scandal: PM Silent Two Weeks After Political Controversy Erupts

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 6:48 AM

NEW DELHI -- Even as opposition parties ratchet up pressure on the NDA government to take action against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keeping up his deafening silence over the Lalit Modi scandal, which erupted two weeks ago.

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Modi Announces Father-Daughter Selfie Campaign For The Girl Child

(6) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 2:40 AM

Addressing the nation over the radio on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nationwide social media campaign for fathers and daughters to take selfies together, and post them on Twitter with the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter.

Modi promised to retweet the Twitter messages with the best tag line as part of...

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L.K. Advani: I Quit Over Hawala Because I Listened To My Conscience

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 12:29 AM

While Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are brazenly defending External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the Lalit Modi scandal, veteran party leader L.K. Advani emphasised the need for political probity by citing his own resignation in 1996 after his name cropped up in the Hawala...

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Agra Police Arrests 109 Miscreants For Public Urination

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 9:57 PM

In an unprecedented intervention for sanitation, the Agra police arrested 109 people who were urinating at railway stations, and sent them to jail for 24 hours. They were also fined up to Rs500 for creating a public nuisance by urinating, consuming alcohol and spitting.

The Government Railway Police (GRP)...

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Blue Whale Dies After Being Stranded For Almost A Day On Alibaug Beach

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:07 AM

In a heartbreaking episode, a female blue whale, stranded for almost a day at the Alibaug beach in Maharashtra, died before sunrise on Thursday morning despite valiant efforts by locals to push her back to sea.

Fishermen and forest officials tried for 10 hours to push the blue whale,...

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Delhi Budget Highlights: Free Wi-Fi In Villages, CCTV Cameras In All Classrooms, Buses

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:31 PM

NEW DELHI -- The Aam Aadmi Party-government in Delhi today presented its first budget, calling it the"country's first Swaraj budget," a document with crowdsourced ideas on how to spend and allocate the city's resources. The party had held public consultations prior to the budget speech by finance minister Manish Sisodia...

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Vasundhara Raje's Signature Supporting Lalit Modi's Immigration Plea Emerges In Document

(12) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:52 PM

NEW DELHI -- Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje's shaky political standing was hit by aftershocks Wednesday evening as Times Now news channel revealed a document bearing her signature, supporting Lalit Modi's immigration plea with UK authorities in 2011.

The channel had reported earlier that she had supported the immigration...

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Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje Won't Resign Over Lalit Modi Scandal, Says Rajnath Singh

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:20 AM

NEW DELHI -- Laying to rest over a week of intense speculation and debate, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that neither External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj nor Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje would be asked to resign by the NDA government over the Lalit Modi scandal.

Both senior BJP...

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Delhi Court Admits Petition Challenging Smriti Irani's Educational Qualifications

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:28 AM

NEW DELHI -- A Delhi court today declared a petition challenging the educational qualifications of Union Minister Smriti Irani as “maintainable.”

Ahmer Khan, the freelance writer, who filed the complaint, will now have to prove his allegation that Irani has submitted false college documents to the Election Commission over...

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Kejriwal: What We Did To Tomar, Modi Must Do To Swaraj And Raje

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 9:42 AM

NEW DELHI -- Under attack by a BJP lawmaker over Jitender Singh Tomar's alleged fake degrees, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today that he had acted against the former law minister, and now it was time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action against two senior BJP leaders...

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