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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday 13, 2013 was a big day in Indian news; possibly one of the biggest of the year so far. The men responsible for last year's gang rape were issued the death sentence, and the controversial Modi was officially crowned candidate for Prime Minister.
Where art thou, Arundhati Roy? The silence of India's only winner of the Booker Prize is deafening after the country's Maoists, whom she strongly supports, massacred a number of senior politicians recently.
As we celebrate the support and endorsement from Bollywood actors to stop domestic violence and promote women's rights, we can't help but wonder where that same support is in the U.S. and the Western World.
The local authorities also regularly bulldoze the farmers' houses, constantly displacing them and preventing the farmers from cultivating the banks of the Yamuna. They are treated as a population who is just occupying a piece of land and doing no good for the city.
Two Italian marines, who fled to Italy evading trial in India, have been forced to return after the intervention of India's paramount leader, Sonia Gandhi. Try as she might, Gandhi cannot shed her Italian connection.
As of this writing, Circle of 6 has over 55,000 downloads in 26 different countries. The app was created with the intention to empower the user -- to connect them to a circle of people they trust to have their back in potentially dangerous situations.
You busted your ass, beat the odds and silenced the haters -- you made it to India! You've just made a huge step in your life as a traveler, and while there's a lot more work to be done, you deserve to savor and enjoy this moment.