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

Teen Who Offered Herself To Hostage Taker To Save Friends Among India's Bravest Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:56 PM

On India's 65th Republic Day, 24 children from across the country will receive the National Bravery Award. The children, 8 girls and 16 boys, are between the age of 8 and 17. Four awards will be conferred posthumously.

The National Bravery Award was initiated by the Indian Council for Child...

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Tiger Population Increases By 30% In India Since 2011

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:41 AM

The tiger population in India has increased from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014, The Times of India reported on Tuesday.

India, which has 70 percent of the world tiger population, has recorded an increase of 30 percent in the number of its wild cats, according...

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Tiger Population Increases By 30% In India Since 2011

(6) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:41 AM

The tiger population in India has increased from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014, The Times of India reported on Tuesday.

India, which has 70 percent of the world tiger population, has recorded an increase of 30 percent in the number of its wild cats, according...

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Congress Hits Back At Kejirwal's 'Take Money' Remark

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 3:03 AM

The Indian National Congress Party filed a complaint on Monday with the Election Commission against Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal for telling voters to accept money from his political rivals, but vote for the AAP in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

“It’s election time. When people...

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Factory Worker Allegedly Gang Raped And Murdered In South Delhi

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 2:37 PM

In a chilling reminder of the Delhi gang rape on Dec. 16, 2012, another woman has been gang raped, brutalised and killed in India's capital at the start of the New Year.

The woman's semi-naked body was found in a government nursery on Saturday morning. A stick was inserted...

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Modi Reveals India's '3Ds' At The Vibrant Gujarat Summit

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 7th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit, hosted by the Gujarat government, today.

Modi told business delegations and visitors from over an 100 countries that India was the ideal place to invest because of low-cost manufacturing, a high quality workforce, and a young...

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First Photos Of Imran Khan With Bride Reham Khan

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Imran Khan's marriage to Reham Khan, 41-year-old former BBC weather reporter, was shrouded in mystery until the cricketer-turned-politician went public with their union, this week.

"I am going to Pakistan to share good news about my marriage with the nation. I have nothing to hide," Khan, 62,

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8-Year-Old Allegedly Sexually Harassed In Bengaluru School

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 2:21 AM

Angry parents clashed with the police, set vehicles on fire and pelted stones after an eight-year-old girl complained of sexual harassment by a physical education teacher in a school in Bengaluru. The accused has been taken into custody.
TV reports said she was allegedly also told to remove her...

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UP Constables On The Run After Alleged Gang Rape

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Two police constables in Uttar Pradesh, who have been suspended for allegedly abducting and gang-raping a 14-year-old girl in the district of Badaun, are on the run.

Local authorities are attempting to nab Veer Pal Singh Yadav and Avnish Yadav, who abducted the minor from her house on 31 December...

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Government's Ordinance Push Is 'Constitutional Terrorism': Rajeev Dhavan

(24) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:39 PM

In the six months since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come to power, his government has used multiple ordinances to push through policies as Parliament has remained disrupted.

Under Article 123 of the Indian Constitution, an ordinance is an emergency order issued by the executive when the...

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Modi Government Changes Land Acquisition Rules By Emergency Order

(10) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 8:42 PM

The Narendra Modi-government today decided to ease the land acquisition process through an emergency order, in a move meant to accelerate stalled projects worth billions of dollars.

"The changes in Land Acquisition Act have been done after extensive consultations with states,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while...

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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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