India Anti-Gay Ruling’s Hypocrisy

India Anti-Gay Ruling’s HypocrisyIndia’s Supreme Court overturning a historic lower-court decision on homosexuality, making gay sex a crime in the world’s most populous democracy, has generated fury, disgust and disbelief among the lesbian, gray, bisexual and transsexual community. The court’s verdict comes as a blow to the country’s roughly three million-strong gay and lesbian community. It is being…

India Refuses to Learn Lessons from Mumbai Attacks

India Refuses to Learn Lessons from Mumbai AttacksThe fifth anniversary of the deadly Nov. 26, 2008 terrorist attacks that shook India’s commercial capital of Mumbai has once again spotlighted glaring shortfalls in the country’s security apparatus that remain unaddressed. On that fateful day, at around 9.30 pm, Mumbai came under siege by 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba gunmen who launched simultaneous attacks on six key…

Asthma Meds Too Expensive for World’s Poor

Asthma Meds Too Expensive for World’s PoorAlthough 300 million people suffer from asthma globally, with 250,000 estimated deaths, for many living in low- and middle-income countries, access to quality-assured, affordable asthma-essential medicines still remains a distant dream according to a study published in the journal PharmacoEcoomics. The study, conducted by Zaheer Babar from the School of Pharmacy at the University of…

India: Gurgaon’s Women Caught Between Two Worlds

India: Gurgaon’s Women Caught Between Two Worlds In Gurgaon, feudal mindsets and aggressively patriarchal attitudes coexist uneasily with a westernized ambience. This city, in India’s National Capital Region surrounding New Delhi, is host to over 500 multinationals, including Fortune 500 companies. It is a startling study in contrasts. Swanky business and shopping enclaves, recreation outlets and upmarket colonies mushroom around villages whose…

Diffusion of Hindu and Buddhist Institutions and Values to Southeast Asia and China

The diffusion of cultural institutions and values from India to Southeast Asia is one of the most remarkable aspects of the ancient history of this part of the world. By the beginning of the Christian era, Hindu colonization had taken deep root throughout the region from Burma in the North to Java and Annam in…

Hindu Influence and Southeast Asia

The flow of Indian cultural values and institutions into Southeast Asia is one of the most remarkable aspects of the region’s history and an intriguing counterpoint to China’s claims that the South China Sea is a Chinese lake because the diplomat and seafarer, Admiral Zheng He, sailed it sometime in the late 14th or early…