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Why India's Intolerance Problem Is Hurting Its Global Reputation

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI -- We cannot simultaneously sell ourselves to the world as a land of pluralism, tolerance and Gandhianism, while promoting intolerance, communal hatred and minority insecurity within the country. It is time the Modi government learned they cannot promote "Make in India" abroad while condoning the propagation of "Hate in India" at home.

Here's a Report Card on Modi's First Year in Office

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI -- Despite speaking eloquently of tolerance and accommodation, Modi has remained largely silent in the face of hate speech by BJP ministers and MPs that is alienating India's non-Hindu minorities. The BJP may preach development, but it is practicing bigotry -- a contradiction that Modi could resolve only by repudiating the forces that helped ensure his electoral victory.

Kids Show Amazing Insight When Asked What They Think About Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion

"What does religion mean to you?" YouTube channel BeingIndian teamed up with filmmaker N Padmakumar to pose this question to a group of children --...

A Tale of Two Modis

Samir Saran | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Samir Saran

NEW DELHI -- The government's honeymoon is perhaps already over and realistically it has another six to 12 months to start putting flesh on the bare-bone schemes and ideas announced this past year. If these do not eventuate, one may well witness emptier stadiums abroad and hear shriller voices at home. Ultimately, for PM Modi to sell the Incredible India story, he will need to make India credible.

Elderly Nun Gang Raped By Robbers In India

AP | MANIK BANERJEE | Posted 03.16.2015 | World

KOLKATA, India (AP) — A nun in her 70s was gang-raped by a group of bandits Saturday when she tried to prevent them from robbing a Christian mission...

Modi's Indian Ocean Tour Shows That India's Watching China

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

NEW DELHI -- China's ambitions in the South China Sea have extended well into the Indian Ocean, and the prospect of an emerging superpower casting its shadow has roused anxiety in a number of littoral states, which look to India as an alternative security provider.

Accused Rapist Dragged From Jail And Lynched By Indian Mob

AP | Posted 05.06.2015 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Several thousand people stormed a prison in northeastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him,...

India Asks YouTube To Remove Delhi Rape Documentary

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has asked YouTube to remove all links to a controversial documentary about the gang rape and murder of a woman in Delhi af...

Indian Government Tightens Security At Churches After Attacks

Reuters | Rupam Jain Nair | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion

The Indian government said on Wednesday it had boosted security around hundreds of churches in New Delhi after a spate of attacks on religious insti...

India's Prime Minister Modi Vows To Protect Religious Minorities

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion

(Adds quotes, Obama) By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Tues...

Christian Protesters Clash With Police In New Delhi

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion

Hundreds of Christian protesters clashed with police in India's capital on Thursday as they pressed demands for government protection amid concern ...

When It Comes to China, Shared U.S.-Indian Values Only Go So Far

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

What about "shared values" that Obama and Modi have flaunted? They help in dealing with a shabby world but only up to a point. The pragmatist in Modi knows that since India is China's neighbor, it is imperative to calm a neighbor's angst -- and the angst of distant neighbors -- rather than to merely revel in the effusive cordiality of a country located beyond the seven seas. The basic instincts of the two ancient civilizations might yet astound the world.

Why Obama Is Going to India

Siddharth Varadarajan | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Siddharth Varadarajan

Given the difficulty in achieving a breakthrough in any of the major problem areas, why is Obama going to India? What does he hope to achieve? I think the primary objective is to reinforce the strategic nature of the relationship by finding ways to enlarge the scope for joint action that are not dependent on what happens at the transactional end.

Thousands Flee Intensifying India-Pakistan Clashes

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Thousands of Indians have fled from their homes as fighting between India and Paki...

Outrage In India Over Mock 'Muslim' Terror Drills

HuffPost India | Indrani Basu | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion

AHMEDABAD: A second video of a police mock drill with dummy terrorists shouting pro-Islamic slogans emerged in Gujarat on Thursday, a day after a simi...

India Acid Attack Caught On CCTV

AP | Posted 12.24.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Two men riding a motorcycle threw acid on a woman in a crowded neighborhood in New Delhi, causing serious injuries, police said Wed...

India Imposes Curfews After Brutal Rebel Attack

AP | ANUPAM NATH | Posted 02.23.2015 | World

SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) — Hundreds of survivors of a brutal rebel attack that killed at least 63 people in northeastern India sought shelter Wednesda...

Hindu Priest Vows To Convert Hundreds On Christmas Day

Reuters | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion

LUCKNOW, India, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A Hindu priest-turned-lawmaker vowed on Friday to convert hundreds of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism on Chris...

Will Jobless Jihadis From Afghanistan Turn to India?

Saroj Kumar Rath | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Saroj Kumar Rath

NATO's Afghanistan withdrawal renders a generation of Af-Pak jihadists jobless. Many will turn their attention to India.

How to Build a Holy Smart City

Alykhan Mohamed | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Alykhan Mohamed

Picture an ancient city full of intricately carved stone temples, where millions of pilgrims and ascetics come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, as Hindus have done for hundreds of generations. Now, imagine that the holy water of the Ganges is being monitored by electronic sensors to detect pollution levels, and the lights illuminating the streets and houses of this city are fitted with motion sensors and calibrated to save energy.

Is the Buddha Smiling on Narendra Modi's India?

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

Narendra Modi, who has demonstrated his ability to wield both hard power and soft power (Hinduism, Buddhism, cricket, Bollywood) to good effect, has his job cut out for him. He is aware that good fortune awaits India so long as the Buddha keeps smiling.

Indians: The Most Connected Diaspora

Pawan Khera | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
Pawan Khera

As intensified globalization has increased the spatial distance between Indians, they are thronging towards online platforms that offer a sense of kinship and community. To Indians, both within and outside India, the Internet is an alternative public sphere to hold discourses with those who share a similarity of interests. Social networking sites also offer them a platform to assert their identity, culture and political inclination.

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The Rise Of India's Booming Media Business | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.07.2014 | World

In the current world of media, India stands as an anomaly. While newspapers in the United States have hemorrhaged profits in the past decade, with pri...

Indian Guru Devotees Clash With Police, 190 Hurt

AP | By NIRMALA GEORGE | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of devotees of an Indian spiritual leader who is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case fought running battles with...

Rat Poison Found In Drugs Blamed For India Sterilization Deaths

Reuters | Posted 01.14.2015 | World

By Aditya Kalra and Aditi Shah BILASPUR/RAIPUR, India, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Tablets linked to the deaths of more than a ...