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New Air Quality Index May Help India's Cities Breathe Easier

Angel Hsu | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green
Angel Hsu

India was dealt a blow in May when a World Health Organization (WHO) study assessing air pollution in cities ranked New Delhi below Beijing. The study said that New Delhi has "the world's worst air quality."

It Hasn't Been a Good Day: William Dalrymple, Bosnia, Punjab, Zimbabwe and ... Robin Williams

T. Sher Singh | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

He was a year younger than me, I note immediately. That's so very young, I say to myself. It saddens me because I enjoyed his work, all the way from his television days in the early 1980s to his recent, sporadic appearances on the big screen.

Back Channel or Front

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Reestablishment of a diplomatic back channel is an outcome of the recent parlays between Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. But what has the back channel achieved?

Strategizing Kukis' Political Demands

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

The leaders of the two Kuki armed groups -- the United Peoples' Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO) -- are again heading to New Delhi with the hope of materializing a political dialogue with representatives of the central government.

India and the U.S.: Rebooting economic relations

Samarth Pathak | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

India-U.S. economic cooperation needs a lot more energy to grow and nurture. It also needs greater synergy between stakeholders on the two sides.

Are India's Cities Any More Safe Today for Women and Girls?

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

Do women and girls feel safer? Are perpetrators of sexual violence held accountable? Or is justice languishing in courtrooms and police stations while women continue to fear for their safety every time they step out of their homes?

Welcome To India's First Street Art Festival

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

n what is billed as India's very first street art festival the south Delhi neighborhood of Shahpur Jat hosted a collection of international and local artists this spring to paint murals while a public who is not quite acquainted with public art asked many questions.

Is India Tiring of Democracy?

Sunil Adam | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Sunil Adam

Not only has Modi secured a mandate to be "strong and decisive," but what appeals to the Hindu majority that elected him is his ability to ride roughshod over the processes of government, apparently in the interest of "good governance."

To Cherished Friends and Strangers, Too, a Birthday Thanks

Pranay Gupte | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Pranay Gupte

Early in the morning of May 14, I boarded an Emirates Airline flight to New Delhi from Dubai, my adopted home. I was headed to India to observe, and w...

'Modi Wave' Prevails as BJP Sweeps Indian Elections; Congress Routed

Samarth Pathak | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

Despite misgivings of certain sections -- Modi is yet to completely wipe off the perception of being a 'divisive leader' in the civil society -- an overwhelming number of voters have extended strong support to the BJP.

Indian Election Circus: Will Regional Players be the new Ringleaders?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

A deeply-layered and multi-dimensional exercise, the ongoing polls in India are being fought on a wide spectrum of factors: socio-economic development; caste, religious and linguistic diversity and individual personalities of leaders.

World's Strictest Airport Security? Forget Tel Aviv. Think Kashmir.

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The soldier and airport security guy are pointing, pointing. What do they want? Not my camera. Not my car clicker. It's my pen. A Paper Mate soft g...

India Swerves to the Right

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

On account of his strident nationalism, rooted in right-wing Hindu ideology, and the pro-market policies he espouses, Narenda Modi's critics fear the emergence of 'soft fascism' in India while for those very reasons his fans hail him as Kalki -- the last avatar of the Hindu divinity Vishnu who will bring peace and prosperity in abundance to the hapless motherland.

Danger and Opportunity: Leveraging Big Events for Urban Development

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Large-scale events, such as international conferences and sports competitions, that take place in cities in emerging countries present both an opportunity and a danger.

Can China and India Coexist in Myanmar?

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

India views Myanmar's emerging political transformation as a strategic and ideological opening that offers New Delhi an opportunity to dilute Chinese influence while expanding India's strategic depth.

Wide Gap Between New Delhi, Beijing Smog Policies

AP | By KATY DAIGLE | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green

NEW DELHI (AP) — Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world's...

New Delhi's Leader Protests National Government In His Own City

AP | NIRMALA GEORGE and TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — For a decade, Arvind Kejriwal has tilted at India's many windmills. He has led protests and hunger strikes against government corru...

Danish Tourist Gang-Raped Near Popular Shopping Area, Indian Police Say

AP | ASHOK SHARMA | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of ...

Ringing in 2014: A New Political Experiment in India

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

As India looks forward to the new year, a political party's ability to usher in a new era of governance will be keenly observed not only by Indians, but also by those around the world interested in political reform.

Stop Corruption -- Anger to Rise in 2014

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

Too often the political and business establishments in many countries gloss over the impact of corruption. They underestimate the scale of public anger. They fail to fully appreciate that corruption kills, it impoverishes, it robs people of their dignity, their freedom and their rights.

The India-U.S. Diplomatic Crisis That Didn't Have to Be

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Prem M. Trivedi

This is not a trivial incident, but it shouldn't have mushroomed into the crisis it has become. Such treatment of a diplomat charged with visa fraud predictably raised eyebrows and may raise broader questions of parity about how the United States expects its owns diplomats to be treated.

Anti-Corruption Is Marching Ahead

Frank Vogl | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

As hundreds of millions of people, many very poor, across most of the world obtain Internet connections, see web-based news that governments find hard to censor, even in China, so the pressures on authorities to attack graft mounts.

Indian National Congress Receives a Flogging From the Bharatiya Janata Party

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Kokulan Mahendiran

Following record-breaking electoral participation, the results of four state assembly elections were announced on Sunday. The resounding 4-0 victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party served as an ominous flogging of the Indian National Congress.

Optimistic Beggars

Jurriaan Kamp | Posted 02.08.2014 | Good News
Jurriaan Kamp

The best way to improve your life is not to compare yourself with others. Such comparing is at the root of a lot of pessimism.

5 Sacred Places for a Spook-Free Halloween

Joy Pecknold | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

October's rife with talk of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but not everybody's down with the undead. For those looking for the flip side to a haunted hotel experience -- more deities than demons -- here are five divinely-linked destinations for a more sacred sojourn.