Hidden Darkness: Child Sexual Abuse in India

After a brilliant 16-year-old New Delhi girl repeatedly complained last month that her mathematics teacher was “touching and fondling her private parts,” the upshot was a long way from what anybody bargained for. When the girl’s parents complained, the principal called them “regressive” and blamed them for damaging the school’s reputation. The girl now stays…

Pakistan is the Spanner in South Asia’s Works

Although the 14th summit of the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in New Delhi last week raised hopes hope that finally the politics and economics of the region would be transformed, it is going to take a long time. The primary reason is Pakistan’s increasing instability after the sacking of Supreme Court…

The developing world’s curse from deep wells

Sing Ingti, 39, a watchman at a local high school in Asom (formerly Assam) state in Northeast India, has been suffering from serious, ill-defined bodily pain since 1995.  His teeth are mottled, his leg bones are distorted and his legs are losing strength from what seems a mysterious ailment. But actually this is an all-too-common…

Indian Hubris Creates a Mountain of Debt

It may have been a coincidence that the Shanghai stock market tumbled 5 percent on the day that India's Tata group won a $12-billion battle for the Anglo-Dutch steel company Corus. But maybe not. Easy money and reckless purchases are a global phenomenon fuelled by a surfeit of cheap money. Chances are the neophyte investors…

India Strengthens Military Ties with Burma

Indian security forces, frustrated by cross-border raids by armed rebels in the remote northeast, are looking for increased military ties with Burma and possible joint operations to flush out separatist guerrillas. A steady parade of senior officials and high-ranking military officers has trooped to Rangoon in recent months to offer military equipment, training and cooperation…

India Fever Overheats

There are several accidents waiting to happen in global financial markets. But the one that beats them all – even beats mainland Chinese bank fever – is India. Conditions are rapidly building for an accident that will not just devastate stock prices but strike a body blow at India’s expectations of sustaining a faster growth…

Slow Surfing in India

India, generally regarded as the outsourcing bull’s-eye of the planet, is far behind China in broadband connections, according to a new report by the New York-based eMarketer Internet research agency, which sees China adding broadband users at a pace that India will take years to match, perhaps if it ever does. Although India’s Telecom Regulatory…

Sex Scandal Rocks Kashmir

For an area wracked for decades by terrorism, civil war, invasion and life on the razor’s edge between Pakistan and India, the disputed region of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir ought to have enough trouble.  But in recent months the conservative area has been preoccupied by a high-powered sex scandal involving government ministers, business leaders and…

Down and Out in Delhi

Technically, Paharganj is just a street in Old Delhi. But this densely-packed network of alleyways is so much more. On the Main Bazaar you can buy produce, food and furniture; there are cheap hotels, travel agencies, head shops, souvenir stands and Internet cafes that cater to transient travelers. It is also where you go in…

Sagar Restaurant

India New Delhi Sagar Restaurant Shop No. 24, Defence Colony, New Delhi The dosa, idli, vada and uttappum - four South Indian dishes - have become the most beloved snacks of the entire nation, India's vegetarian equivalent of the hamburger (if you will), and they're available just about everywhere these days. They are as spicily…