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Hindu Priest Vows To Convert Hundreds On Christmas Day

Reuters | Posted 12.13.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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 12.10.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | World

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

New Death Blamed On Drugs Used In India Sterilization Camp

Reuters | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

By Aditya Kalra BILASPUR, India, Nov 14 (Reuters) - One person has died and six more were hospitalized after consuming antibiotic tabl...

A New Balance of Power in Asia: Japan and U.S.; China and Russia; India and ASEAN

Chen Xiangyang | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Chen Xiangyang

When he initiated the Asia-Pacific rebalance, U.S. President Barack Obama staked all his international strategic capital on that cast of dice. The move, however, only ended up in the birth of more imbalances in the world, which forced the U.S. to scurry between one hotspot after another.

Can Tinder Light A Fire In India?

OZY | Ankita Rao | Posted 10.22.2014 | World

BY ANKITA RAO, OZY The writer, Ankita Rao, is an Indian-American journalist currently based anywhere from the villages of Orissa to the streets of ...

3rd Night Of India-Pakistan Clashes Leave 4 Dead

AP | ANJUM NAVEED and AIJAZ HUSSAIN | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

DHAMALA HAKIMWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Troops trading heavy fire between Pakistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir have plunged civilians on both sides int...

India's Prime Minister Modi To Observe Strict Fast During Trip To U.S.

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion

By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a strict religious fast during his ...

The Extraordinary Makers Of India's Most Expensive Tea

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

A 155-year-old tea estate in India's Darjeeling district recently sold the most expensive tea ever made in the country. Buyers in Japan, the U.S. ...

India and China Have Outgrown the West

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Shashi Tharoor

India and China both see themselves as having outgrown a world order dominated by the West. They are moving beyond traditional bromides like their joint advocacy of the "Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence," to pragmatic cooperation in the framework of the BRICS grouping. They recently came together to announce the creation of the BRICS Bank, which will be located in Shanghai and headed by an Indian.

How One Indian Housewife Switched Gears To Become A Hindu Priest

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

Megha Gokhale has been many things in her life: A graduate student, an accountant, a wife, a mother. In 1992 her life took yet another turn when she b...

China On Track To Develop Indian Railways As Xi Heads To South Asia

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

By Sanjeev Miglani and Ben Blanchard NEW DELHI/BEIJING, Sept 14 (Reuters) - China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in Ind...

India Seeks to Balance China's Power in Asia

Brahma Chellaney | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Brahma Chellaney

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to build close strategic ties with Japan in order to put discreet checks on China's exercise of its rapidly accumulating power. China's strategy of constant outward pressure on its borders not only threatens to destabilize Asia's status quo but is also pushing countries like India, Japan, and Vietnam to strategically collaborate. Modi's priority is to ensure stable power equilibrium in Asia.

Iyengar And The Invention Of Yoga

The New Yorker | Michelle Goldberg | Posted 08.25.2014 | World

In contemporary yoga classes, teachers often speak of Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras,” a philosophical text compiled around two thousand years ago, as...

Obsessed With India, Pakistan Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Since independence, Pakistanis have been told that their country is a "citadel of Islam," that its destiny is to be an Islamic state and its army is "the sword of Islam." Advocates of modern, secular values, even pluralism, are denigrated as "enemies of the ideology of Pakistan." Pakistan's establishment, led by its military, also seeks parity with India, not only in the legal sense of sovereign equality between nations but in military and political terms. This ideological milieu has helped religious-political groups exercise greater influence on national discourse than is justified and led to the outgrowth of jihadi groups, one more extreme than the other.

Another American Race Issue Ferguson Reminds Us Of

Times Of India | Chidanand Rajghatta | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

WASHINGTON: A group of Tibetan monks from India has joined the protests against racial discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri. Amnesty International has...

India Celebrates 68 Years Of Independence With Spectacular Festivity

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

India was ablaze with bright colors and spirited with festivity as the country celebrated its 68th Independence Day on Friday. Recently elected Pr...

On India's Independence Day, Modi Slams Bureaucracy, Communal Violence And Rape

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

By Sanjeev Miglani and John Chalmers NEW DELHI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced dismay on ...

Nose Deep in Their Own... Prejudice: Hinduism and The New York Times' Sewage Problem

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.

Rescuers Pull More Bodies From Collapsed Building In India

AP | Posted 09.01.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers in India pulled another 13 bodies from the ruins of a collapsed building on Wednesday, bringing to 42 the death toll since...