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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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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...

2 Buildings Collapse In India, At Least 12 Dead

AP | ASHOK SHARMA | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers using gas cutters and shovels were searching in construction rubble Sunday for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in...

India's Holy Men To Advise On Ganges Cleanup

Reuters | Krishna N. Das | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - India's new government will seek the advice of holy men on how best to carry out an ambitious plan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clea...

Reading Piketty in India

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Addressing inequality shouldn't be about penalizing the rich. It shouldn't be about reviving discredited socialist economic ideas from the 1970s in 21st century European think tanks. It should be about fixing the policies and practices that cause inequality.

China Cultivates India Amid Tension With Neighbors

AP | By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Amid fierce disputes with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, China is reaching out to India in a warming trend that could help ramp ...

China, India Are 'Natural Partners,' Envoy Tells Modi

Agence France Presse | Bhuvan Bagga | Posted 08.09.2014 | World

China's top diplomat told India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that the nuclear-armed neighbours should regard themselves as "natural pa...

Sikhs, Guards Clash With Swords At India's Golden Temple

AP | Posted 06.06.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sikhs brandishing swords and sticks and shouting for a new homeland clashed with guards at the faith's holiest shrine in India, an ...

Why Modi's Success Depends on China

Shraysi Tandon | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Shraysi Tandon

The crushing victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party and India's newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought much hope to exasperated Indians and foreigners alike. With promises to revive a nation that 1.2 billion people call home, the so-called "Modi wave" has surged across India. Over the past few months, Indian equities have risen close to 20 percent. The rupee, which lost 13 percent against the dollar in 2013, has been one of the best performing.

India Gang Rape Case Exposes How A Lack Of Toilets Endangers Women

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — The two teenage girl cousins had walked out together at night, as they did every night, into the wild bamboo fields 10 or 15 m...

'Women Will Not Tolerate Such Atrocities Any Longer'

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police arrested a third suspect Saturday in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in nort...

Official: Indian Cops Fired For Failing Teens In Gang Rape Case

AP | Posted 05.30.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A top government official says a state in north India has fired two police officers who failed to respond to a complaint by th...

Modi Promises 'Glorious Future For India' At Inauguration

Reuters | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

By Sanjeev Miglani and Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI, May 26 (Reuters) - Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's prime minister...

India's New Parliamentarians Are Rich And In Trouble With The Law

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.23.2014 | World

India's 2014 election was record-breaking. It was the largest democratic vote the world has ever seen and Narendra Modi won the greatest electoral vic...

Is Modi India's Shinzo Abe?

Brahma Chellaney | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Brahma Chellaney

After a prolonged period of political drift and paralysis, India's new government will be led by a man known for his decisiveness. Just as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power in late 2012, after six years of political instability, reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Narendra Modi's election victory reflects Indians' desire for a dynamic, assertive leader to help revitalize their country's economy and security.Like Abe, Modi is expected to focus on reviving India's economic fortunes while simultaneously bolstering its defenses and strengthening its strategic partnerships with likeminded states, thereby promoting regional stability and blocking the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.

India's Tectonic Shift

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

What Modi offered to voters was in effect a mix of market-friendly growth, muscular nationalism rooted in Hindu lore and the promise of a militarily-strong India. The extent to which this mix proved to be an elixir, particularly for India's young, aspirational, technology savvy generation, would be obvious from the outcome of the elections. The Congress party has suffered its worst defeat in its history. Parties that banked on the votes of the lower castes and Muslims have been routed. And those controlled by families in the states have been flattened. Modi's appeal has thus cut across India's traditional fault lines. In one fell swoop, the BJP has widened its social base and, no less important, established its presence in virtually every state of India. It can now legitimately hope to fill the void created by the debacle faced by the avowedly secular and populist parties. This election therefore heralds a tectonic shift in Indian politics.

India's Next PM Celebrates Victory

AP | ASHOK SHARMA and MUNEEZA NAQVI | Posted 07.17.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of people welcomed India's next prime minister in the capital on Saturday after he led his party to a resounding election...

This Is How To Celebrate Winning The World's Largest Election

Posted 05.16.2014 | World

India's Hindu nationalist party celebrated a historic landslide victory in the country's massive election on Friday, after the ruling Congress party c...

5 Reasons Why Narendra Modi Leading India Is So Controversial

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

As the world's largest-ever democratic vote wrapped up on Monday, a controversial politician is poised to take the reins of power, after exit polls sh...

How Money Subverts Indian Elections

Jehangir S. Pocha | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Jehangir S. Pocha

Some Indians cling to the warm and fuzzy notion that the country is slowly but surely fixing itself and improving its imperfect democracy. Indeed, several steps the government, Supreme Court and Election Commission have taken have done much in this regard. The introduction of electronic voting machines is often touted as an example. Stricter enforcement of "good conduct" norms has also helped. Politicians are now fined for provocative speeches, campaigning without prior permission and announcing sops close to polls. But all this is just a drop in the bucket. When India's election results are announced on May 16, many in this nation won't be sure whether it was their votes, or black money, guns and booze that determined who will run the world's largest democracy.