Indian Women Take On their Predators

Indian Women Take On their PredatorsUrban Indian women, long besieged by sexual predators, are empowering themselves to teach their tormentors a lesson – including, in some cases, banding together to beat and berate them. Realizing how Indian law enforcement agencies can no longer be trusted for their safety, they are employing a range of methods from buying small arms and…

The Invisibility of Older Women

The Invisibility of Older WomenAs fertility rates decline and life expectancy increases, the proportion of people aged 60 and over is growing globally, and nowhere so more than Asia. Currently more than 900 million people are aged 60 or over worldwide (12.5 percent of the global population). Nearly two-thirds – 533 million – are in the Asia Pacific region,…

S.H.Raza’s Death: Sunset of India’s ‘Progressives’

S.H.Raza’s Death: Sunset of India’s ‘Progressives’India has lost one of its greatest modern painters with the death at 94 of Syed Haidar Raza. He was a leading member of the Bombay-based Progressives Artists’ Group of the late 1940s and 1950s that now dominates the top end of the Indian art market, and his passing marks the gradual closing of a chapter in…

A Gay Indian Artist Shakes up London’s Tate Gallery

A Gay Indian Artist Shakes up London’s Tate GalleryJune is usually the  month when London auctions of modern Indian art hit the headlines with dramatic million-pound sales, but this year they have been unremarkable and have been overshadowed by the opening at London’s Tate Modern gallery of a fascinating retrospective exhibition, called You Can’t Please All, of figurative works by Bhupen Khakhar, a provocative Indian artist…

Pizzazz in Delhi Street Art

Pizzazz in Delhi Street ArtDelhi’s annual India Art Fair that took place last weekend had style and crowds, but there was more artistic spontaneity on display a short auto-rickshaw ride further to the south of the city, where street artists were painting railway containers at a cargo depot in the shadow of a mountainous rubbish dump. This is the…

Crowds, Personalities at Jaipur Lit Fest

Crowds, Personalities at Jaipur Lit FestWhether you want to hear about the provision of toilets and treatment of excreta in India or the life and times of a transgender, or listen to one of Britain most famous comedic personalities or a pressured Indian bureaucrat defending his patch, or how the US has caused chaos in the Middle East by ousting…

China and India Lag on Health Care

China and India Lag on Health CareChina and India, often cited as two rising economic powerhouses, are less than fully equipped in terms of health care, a key attribute of national economic development, according to Amartya Sen. Emergence of the United States, Europe, Japan and Korea as developed economic powerhouses validates Sen’s argument. China and India, representing one out of three people…

India Throws Out the Baby with the Bathwater

India Throws Out the Baby with the BathwaterIndia’s thriving US$2.3 billion rent-a-womb industry, the go-to destination for thousands of foreign couples seeking surrogacy at relatively cheap rates, is in danger after the government said it would seek to outlaw the procedure. In an affidavit to the Supreme Court last week, the government stated it would henceforth “prohibit and penalize commercial surrogacy services”…

Sacred Cows Undermine Modi’s Image of India

Sacred Cows Undermine Modi’s Image of IndiaIndia has been hit by waves of growing religious and social intolerance since Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was elected 18 months ago. This has flushed out some of the Hindu nationalist party’s most stridently anti-Muslim voices, and has also sharply increased liberal concern about where a Modi-led India is heading. For the most part,…

India vs. Mother Teresa’s Orphanages

India vs. Mother Teresa’s OrphanagesA decision by the Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, to shut down 13 of its 16 adoption services across India rather than adhere to new government rules that allow single parents to adopt has kicked off wider debate over the country’s adoption practices as a whole and the order’s in…
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