India home policy and society

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

India puts states on alert after al Qaeda announces India wing

The communally-sensitive states of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Assam and Uttar Pradesh were put on increased alert on Thursday, a day after after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing in India and its neighbourhood.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/states-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-announces-india-wing/article1-1259905.aspx?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2009.04.14
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/04/world/asia/al-qaeda-india/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/what-s-in-the-55-minute-al-qaeda-video-announcing-india-branch-586669?pfrom=home-lateststories&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2009.04.14

India has highest number of suicides in the world: WHO

India accounted for the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in 2012, according to a WHO report published today which found that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds globally
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/india-has-highest-number-of-suicides-in-the-world-who-114090400879_1.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Modi’s ‘man with the golden touch’ has dark past

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi powered to a decisive victory in May’s national elections, the focus was not just on him but also on his closest aide Amit Anilchandra Shah, a portly, bespectacled politician with two murder cases against him
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-man-golden-touch-has-dark-past

20 AUGUST 2014

India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

Mr Iyengar was credited with his own brand of yoga, and taught author Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, among other celebrities.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28862979

12 JULY 2012

India’s Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

Narendra Modi accused Pakistan on Tuesday of waging a « proxy war » in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister in nine years to visit Kargil, scene of a deadly 1999 conflict with Pakistan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/426307/india-modi-makes-landmark-visit-to-disputed-kashmir
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-pm-visits-disputed-kashmir-zone-201481271111197409.html

11 JULY 2014

Tributes pour in for Indian actress Zohra Sehgal

Tributes have poured in for celebrated Indian actress Zohra Sehgal who has died in the capital, Delhi, aged 102
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28259073

7 JULY 2014

 India rejects ban on Islamic courts

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a nine-year-old petition seeking ban on Islamic Sharia courts in the country but maintained that such courts were not legal and their decree could not be enforced
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/india-rejects-ban-islamic-courts-2014779525449676.html

26 JUNE 2014

Delhi court summons Sonia, Rahul in National Herald case

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been asked by a Delhi court to appear before it on August 7 on the basis of a complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, alleging that they had fraudulently acquired Associated Journal Ltd. (AJL)
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/delhi-court-summons-sonia-rahul-in-national-herald-case/article6151487.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%206-26
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/sonia-gandhi-rahul-gandhi-summoned-to-delhi-court-next-month-548377?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%206-26

12 JUNE 2014

India Rebuffs ‘Simplistic’ UN Criticism Over Sex Crimes

India has rebuffed accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world’s biggest democracy, calling her analysis “simplistic” and full of “sweeping generalizations”
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-rebuffs-simplistic-un-criticism-over-sex-crimes/1935339.html

6 JUNE 2014

India Sikh groups clash at Golden Temple

Several people have been injured after Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed at India’s Golden Temple as special prayers were held to mark the deadly military offensive there in 1984
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27727812

4 JUNE 2014

India police rescue ‘trafficked’ children

About 500 children rescued after police in Kerala state raid orphanages who fail to provide documents for children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/india-police-rescue-trafficked-children-20146461313675499.html

29 MAY 2014

India gang rapes: Outrage over police ‘discrimination’

There is outrage over police inaction in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27631241
http://www.france24.com/en/20140529-indian-teens-found-hanging-gang-raped-budaun-uttar-pradesh/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/29/teenage-girls-gang-raped-and-hanged-in-india/

26 MAY 2014

Modi sworn in as India’s prime minister

Narendra Modi has taken the oath of office as India’s prime minister at the start of a new era hailed by his Pakistani counterpart as an opportunity to end decades of regional instability.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/modi-sworn-as-india-prime-minister-2014526124620254451.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modi-sworn-india-prime-minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27572807

21 MAY 2014

Will the Indian National Congress survive?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/21/will-the-indian-national-congress-survive/

19 MAY 2014

India’s Congress party stands behind Gandhis

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, leaders of India’s defeated Congress party, offered to resign on Monday after last week’s election debacle, but colleagues rejected their gesture, a senior party figure has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/india-congress-party-stands-behind-gandhis-2014519144744315736.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/congress-closes-ranks-behind-gandhis-after-poll-rout

17 MAY 2014

India election results 2014: five reasons why Narendra Modi won

Some of the factors that played into the BJP’s decisive victory over India’s dynastic Congress party:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10836541/India-election-results-2014-five-reasons-why-Narendra-Modi-won.html

16 MAY 2014

BJP, allies win Indian elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Indian election on Friday with a landslide win of 283 seats, making it the largest single majority party in nearly 30 years
http://eciresults.nic.in/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2005.16.14
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/world/asia/india-elections.html?ref=asia&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_MorningBrief%2005%2016%2014&_r=0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/india-modi-leads-bjp-historic-poll-win-2014516143751892711.html

6 MAY 2014

Endgame for the Gandhis?

Corruption, lackluster candidates, falling GDP growth combine to hobble a tired dynasty
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/endgame-for-gandhis/

22 APRIL 2014

‘Rampant discrimination’ in India’s schools

Marginalised students, including Dalits and Muslims, being denied right to education by school authorities, report says
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/discrimination-india-schools-2014422123039276470.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406089/india-children-uffer-discrimination-in-classroom

15 APRIL 2014

India’s Supreme Court creates official third sex for eunuchs and transgenders

After two thousand years of persecution, India’s two million eunuchs to be formally recognised as third sex and listed as ‘backward’ caste entitled to reserved government jobs and university places
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10767555/Indias-Supreme-Court-creates-official-third-sex-for-eunuchs-and-transgenders.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27031180

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems « 3 Sections. »
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-born-poet-Vijay-Seshadri-wins-2014-Pulitzer-Prize/articleshow/33760078.cms

12 APRIL 2014

Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party

Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10762531/Women-who-have-sex-before-marriage-should-be-hanged-says-senior-politician-in-Indias-Socialist-Party.html

10 APRIL 2014

India election 2014: Narendra Modi reveals he is married

Narendra Modi’s family confirms for the first time he has a wife and says the BJP leader was forced into a child marriage at 17 years old
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10758070/India-election-2014-Narendra-Modi-reveals-he-is-married.html

7 APRIL 2014

India Begins World’s Largest Election

India’s general election has begun with voters casting ballots in two remote northeastern states. Billed as the world’s largest democratic exercise, the staggered election involving some 815 million voters will conclude in five weeks. Opinion polls say the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to emerge the winner on its promise of economic revival.
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-set-to-begin-mammoth-elections/1887569.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140407-india-vote-video-congress-bjp-aap/
http://www.fairobserver.com/article/indias-elections-mainstream-privilege-northeast-23084
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26883201?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2004.07.14

4 APRIL 2014

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403474/india-court-orders-first-death-sentences-for-multiple-rapes
http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723

25 MARCH 2014

Indian engineer dies in honour killing

The parents of an IT engineer who married her low caste boyfriend lured her home with the promise of a family wedding reception and then allegedly strangled her
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10722153/Indian-engineer-dies-in-honour-killing.html

20 MARCH 2014

Noted Indian author Khushwant Singh dies

Khushwant Singh, one of India’s best known writers who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, has died aged 99 at his New Delhi home
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/03/journalist-khushwant-singh-dies-201432075235300829.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26661491

5 MARCH 2014

India’s Massive Parliamentary Elections to Begin April 7

India says it will begin its multi-stage parliamentary election in April, with opinion polls suggesting that an opposition, Hindu nationalist block could upset the longtime ruling Congress Party. In total, nine rounds of voting will be held, with the final round being held May 12. A final result is not expected until May 16
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/schedule-set-for-lok-sabha-poll-battle/article5752607.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/indias-massive-parliamentary-elections-to-begin-april-7/1864439.html

28 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s governance — worse than China’s?

India may be the world’s most populous democracy. But the quality of its governance is very poor, and much worse than China’s on many scores
http://asiancenturyinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=526:india-s-governance-worse-than-chinas&catid=11:politics&Itemid=113

20 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s top court halts release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

India’s top court on Thursday blocked the release of three of former premier Rajiv Gandhi’s killers after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced their freeing as against all principles of justice
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396079/india-top-court-halts-release-of-rajiv-gandhi-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26269476

19 FEBRUARY 2014

India Tamil Nadu chief minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

The chief minister of an Indian state Wednesday ordered the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, meaning they could walk free in three days.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-minister-orders-release-rajiv-gandhis-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26252797

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Indian court suspends Gandhi killers death sentence

India’s Supreme Court commuted the death sentence Tuesday for three killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, citing delays in the case 23 years after he was assassinated by Tamil separatists.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10645435/Indian-court-suspends-Gandhi-killers-death-sentence.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/02/killers-ex-indian-pm-get-reprieve-201421851649339534.html

India creates new state despite protests

India’s lower house of parliament has passed a decree to create the country’s 29th state amid chaotic scenes and uproar in from opponents of the bill.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/india-creates-new-state-despite-protests-20142181550649855.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister quits after corruption bill blocked

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party sent shockwaves through India’s political establishment in local elections last year, quits to protest blocking of anti-corruption bill after fewer than 50 days in office
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10639605/Delhi-chief-minister-quits-after-corruption-bill-blocked.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26192983

5 FEBRUAY 2014

India: 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties join hands in Parliament

In indications of emergence of a Third Front ahead of Lok Sabha polls, 11 non-Congress and non-BJP parties on Wednesday formally joined hands as a block in Parliament to pitch for pro-people, anti-communal and federal agenda
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/11-non-Congress-non-BJP-parties-join-hands-in-Parliament/articleshow/29902370.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-5-14
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/third-front-parties-come-together-in-parliament/article5656930.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-5-14

23 JANUARY 2014

India: Woman gang-raped on orders of ‘kangaroo court’

Police in India’s West Bengal state have arrested 13 men in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25855325
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/23/india-women-sentenced-to-rape-by-village-elders-/

21 JANUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called off his sit-in protest to demand police reforms

Kejriwal told a crowd that two policeman he wanted suspended for misconduct would be sent on leave, but he failed to secure his main demand that the city’s police force be put under his government’s control
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/delhi-chief-minister/962540.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/dehli-minister-ends-protest-against-police-2014121142642983138.html
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/protesters-from-arvind-kejriwal-s-aap-break-barricades-throw-stones-at-cops-473665?curl=1390323140

16 JANUARY 2014

India’s Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

India’s governing Congress Party has named Rahul Gandhi to lead its general election campaign this year
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25767998
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-sonia-gandhi/956824.html

5 JANUARY 2014

India launches satellite from space centre

India has successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology after several previous missions had failed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/india-launches-satellite-from-space-centre-201415143713101654.html
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/gslvd5-with-indigenous-cryogenic-engine-launched-successfully/article5541607.ece?homepage=true

3 JANUARY 2014

Manmohan says Modi as PM will be disaster, blames him for presiding over riots

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made it clear that he will not seek a third term as PM if the UPA returns to power and threw his weight behind Rahul Gandhi, virtually setting the stage for the declaration of the Congress vice president as the party’s PM nominee for the General Elections.
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/manmohan-says-modi-as-pm-will-be-disaster-blames-him-for-presiding-over-riots/1214983/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/indian-pm-step-down-after-may-elections-201413739119928.html

1 JANUARY 2014

New protests after suicide of 16-year-old gang-raped twice in Calcutta

There were angry demonstrations in Calcutta on Wednesday following the death of a 16-year-old girl who set herself on fire after suffering two gang-rapes and a campaign of intimidation to force her to drop charges against her assailants.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10545883/New-protests-after-suicide-of-16-year-old-gang-raped-twice-in-Calcutta.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

New Delhi gets ‘common man’ government with anti-corruption activist as chief minister

Arvind Kejriwal, a 45-year-old taxman-turned-activist-turned-politician, vowed to end corruption in the Indian capital, cut electricity bills by half and provide households with free water.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2013/12/delhi-kejriwal-sworn-as-chief-minister-2013122872553648765.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/new-delhi-gets-common-man-government-with-anti-corruption-activist-as-chief-minister/2013/12/28/2fd6d62a-6fb3-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html
http://freepressjournal.in/no-frills-of-office/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387071/anti-graft-crusader-leads-delhi

20 DECEMBER 2013

India government asks court to review anti-gay law

India’s government asked the Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117504/india-government-asks-court-to-review-anti-gay-law/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25461691

13 DECEMBER 2013

India’s BJP declines to form Delhi government

India’s main opposition BJP has declined to form a government in the capital, Delhi, despite emerging as the single largest party in state polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25361082

11 DECEMBER 2013

Indian top court says gay sex is an offence

India’s Supreme Court has upheld a law criminalising gay sex, setting aside a landmark lower court decision in 2009 which had overturned the colonial-era ban on homosexuality.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2013/12/indian-top-court-says-gay-sex-an-offense-2013121152555111516.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10509952/Indias-top-court-upholds-law-criminalising-gay-sex.html

New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration

Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/New-Delhi:-archbishop,-priests-and-nuns-arrested-during-peaceful-demonstration-29785.html

8 DECEMBER 2013

Anti-corruption party leads rout of ruling Congress in India elections

India’s ruling Congress Party has pledged a period of “deep introspection” after suffering a series of humiliating election defeats on Sunday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/09/world/asia/india-election-party/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10503934/Anti-corruption-party-leads-rout-of-ruling-Congress-in-India-elections.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25292627

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Indian rocket to Mars successfully enters Earth’s orbit

India’s first mission to Mars completed its first stage on Tuesday, successfully entering an elliptical orbit around the Earth 44 minutes after take-off, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131105-indian-mars-rocket-successfully-enters-orbit-earth
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10426972/India-launches-first-Mars-bound-spacecraft.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/05/india-launches-a-mission-to-mars/

24 OCTOBER 2013

Manna Dey, legendary Indian singer dies

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey died in hospital today after a five-decade career on the soundtracks of Indian movie classics, reports said. He was 94.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24649143
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/bollywood/10401257/Bollywood-singer-Manna-Dey-dies.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

India is home to nearly half of world’s 30 million modern-day slaves

There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed. The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/17/india-china-and-pakistan-lead-global-slavery-index-/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114537/report-majority-of-modern-day-slaves-are-in-asia/

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

India’s ‘hugging saint’ Amma celebrates 60th birthday — with hugs

India’s « hugging saint », who has hugged more than 32 million people around the world, celebrated her 60th birthday on Friday in the company of disciples from around the globe.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371880/india-hugging-saint-celebrates-60th-birthday-with-hugs

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

4 India lawmakers arrested for deadly violence

Police said Saturday that they have arrested four state opposition lawmakers for allegedly inciting clashes between Hindus and Muslims that killed 48 people early this month in northern India.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113688/4-india-lawmakers-arrested-for-deadly-violence/

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

India charges four with Mumbai gang rape

Four men have been formally charged in a Mumbai court over the gang rape of a young photographer in the city last month, a case that reignited anger about women’s safety across India.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/five-charged-over-mumbai-photographers-gang-rape
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391910240159331.html

Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from ‘wrong caste’

A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an « honour killing » by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10320449/Indian-woman-20-killed-by-her-family-for-eloping-with-man-from-wrong-caste.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24156835

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian politicians face arrest over riots

A court in northern India has ordered the arrest of dozens of suspects, including politicians and community leaders, for inciting violence during recent Hindu-Muslim clashes that left 49 people dead, police say
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24141678http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391815133878853.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Delhi gang-rapists’ lawyer makes ‘Taliban-like’ comment that he would have ‘burned victim alive’

The Indian lawyer for two of the four Delhi gang-rapists sentenced to hang last week has criticised the victim’s parents for allowing her to go out at night with a boy and claimed he would have « burned her alive » if she had been his daughter.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10310670/Delhi-gang-rapists-lawyer-makes-Taliban-like-comment-that-he-would-have-burned-victim-alive.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Governance in India: Women’s Rights

Women in India face myriad cultural challenges that impede social advancement, analysts say. Discriminatory family codes, lack of education, and cultural stigmas are only a few examples. Heightened media attention given to such inequities has raised pressure on the government to not just reform the institutional treatment of women, but also raise the level of dialogue on the larger issue of women’s rights in a rapidly modernizing society.
http://www.cfr.org/india/governance-india-womens-rights/p30041?goback=%2Egde_2015135_member_5837267060517793793

India’s opposition names hardliner Modi as PM candidate

India’s main opposition named hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate on Friday for next year’s elections, overriding doubts in the party about his polarising character.
http://dawn.com/news/1042625/indias-modi-nominated-as-bjps-candidate-for-pm
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-opposition-names-hardliner-modi-pm-candidate

Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death

Four men convicted over roles in rape and murder of 23-year-old woman in Delhi last year.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391392314350126.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24078339

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Girl, 6, ordered to marry rapist’s 10-year-old son

A village panchayat (council of elders) in Kota district in Rajasthan made a shocking order that a six-year-old rape victim has to marry the 10-year-old son of the alleged rapist, Malaysia Nanban reported.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/girl-6-ordered-marry-rapists-10-year-old-son

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Presidential decree reserves seats for Hindu and Sikh in parliament

President Hamid Karzai issued a Legislative Decree that would jointly entitle the Hindu and Sikh populations of Afghanistan a single seat in the National Assembly, increasing the total number of seats from 249 to 250. Many welcomed the decision as a major step by the government to better serve religious minorities in Afghanistan.
http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11807-presidential-decree-reserves-seats-for-hindu-and-sikh-in-parliament

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Narendra Modi blamed for fake encounter killings policy in Gujarat

A high-ranking Indian police officer awaiting trial on suspicion of staging extrajudicial killings and passing them off as shootings committed during major terrorism arrests accused political leaders in the state of Gujarat of approving the executions.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10286774/Narendra-Modi-blamed-for-fake-encounter-killings-policy-in-Gujarat.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/world/asia/indian-police-officer-says-leaders-approved-executions.html?ref=asia

29 AUGUST 2013

Yasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen ‘top militant’ arrested

Police in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23876045

28 AUGUST 2013

India: Fatwa ‘bans watching cartoons’

Religious leaders at the Darul Uloom seminary, in Deoband, declared that viewing animations – even those featuring comedy characters – was against the tenets of Islam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-23865215

Gujarat government to rebuild mosques destroyed during 2002 anti-Islamic pogrom

Authorities will present the financing and restoration plan by October 1. Over 2 thousand Muslims and Hindu extremists destroyed about 535 places of worship during massacre. Local Islamic community sees plan as move by chief minister Narendra Modi to ingratiate himself with them ahead of elections.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Gujarat-government-to-rebuild-mosques-destroyed-during-2002-anti-Islamic-pogrom-28857.html

Mumbai top cop’s ‘promiscuous’ comment sparks ire after rape

Mumbai’s top policeman has drawn anger in the wake of the gang-rape of a young photographer by suggesting that people must choose between a « promiscuous culture » that allows public kissing, or a city made safe by « moral policing ».
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366851/mumbai-top-cop-promiscuous-comment-sparks-ire-after-rape
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/mumbai-top-cops-promiscuous-comment-sparks-ire-after-rape

27 AUGUST 2013

Police guard ‘tribal Virgin Mary’ statue in India

Tribesmen in India have threatened to destroy a statue of the Virgin Mary dressed in a sari and posing as a local tribal woman if Christians do not agree to dismantle it. They say it is an attempt to lure local nature worshippers to convert to Christianity.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10267977/Police-guard-tribal-Virgin-Mary-statue-in-India.html

23 AUGUST 2013

Female photojournalist gang-raped in Mumbai

A 22-year-old photojournalist on her first magazine assignment was gang-raped in a middle class Mumbai suburb, reviving painful memories of the murder of a student in Delhi last year, which resulted in nationwide protests.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/23/photojournalist-gang-raped-in-mumbai/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10261073/Female-photojournalist-gang-raped-in-Mumbai.html

20 AUGUST 2013

Anti-black magic campaigner assassinated in India

Narendra Dabholkar was shot twice in the head and once in the forehead by two gunmen in Pune, Maharashtra, who had parked their motorbike 30 feet away outside a police post. He died as he was being rushed to a nearby hospital.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10257030/Anti-black-magic-campaigner-assassinated-in-India.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23776406

17 AUGUST 2013

Indian police capture alleged top terrorist

Indian police said they had arrested a top militant accused of helping mastermind the 1993 Mumbai blasts and over 40 other deadly bomb attacks across the country. Seventy-year-old Abdul Karim Tunda, an alleged member of the banned Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group, was arrested by a special Delhi police team near the border with Nepal on Friday 16.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-police-capture-alleged-top-terrorist
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365095/indian-police-arrest-alleged-top-terrorist

16 AUGUST 2013

India: A Bumbling Giant

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/india-bumbling-giant

14 AUGUST 2013

Submarine sinks after blasts, 18 navymen missing

After a series of deafening explosions, the Indian Navy’s Kilo class submarine INS Sindhurakshak sank with 18 sailors on board around midnight on Tuesday at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/submarine-sinks-after-blasts-18-navymen-missing/article5020065.ece?ref=relatedNews
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/14/crew-members-killed-in-mumbai-as-indian-submarine-blows-up/

30 JULY 2013

India coalition approves new state of Telangana

India’s ruling Congress-led coalition has unanimously agreed to the formation of a new state in the Telangana region of southern Andhra Pradesh state, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23499197

24 JULY 2013

Beyond the debate, govt. accepts 65% Indians are poor

National poverty line will stand at a per capita expenditure of around Rs. 50 per day in rural areas and Rs. 62 in urban areas
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/beyond-the-debate-govt-accepts-65-indians-are-poor/article4948698.ece?homepage=true

21 JULY 2013

Indian investment moves marred by steel pullouts

India may be trying to lure foreign investors to revive its ailing economy, but the axing of two mega steel projects underlines obstacles even industry giants face, analysts say.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/360898/indian-investment-moves-marred-by-steel-pullouts

13 JULY 2013

Veteran Bollywood villain Pran dies

Veteran Indian film actor Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, has died in Mumbai at the age of 93.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300474

1 JULY 2013

Indian officials say 3,000 still missing after floods

More than 3,000 people are still missing following floods and landslides which have ravaged northern India’s Uttarakhand state, officials have said, amid fears the death toll could touch 10,000.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10153227/Indian-officials-say-3000-still-missing-after-floods.html

16 JUNE 2013

India’s opposition alliance splits ahead of polls

India’s main opposition alliance split on Sunday, with the second-biggest party in the coalition pulling out after hardliner Narendra Modi was elected to lead the dominant party’s 2014 election campaign.                                                                                        http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/355419/india-opposition-alliance-splits-ahead-of-polls                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130616-430181.html

14 JUNE 2013

UN: India to be world’s most populous country by 2028

India looks set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country from 2028, according to the United Nations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22907307

10 JUNE 2013

LK Advani: India BJP leader quits all party posts

One of the founding members of India’s main opposition BJP, LK Advani, says he is resigning from all his party posts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22838647

9 JUNE 2013

Indian hardliner Modi to front India’s opposition

Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi was chosen Sunday to front the main opposition’s campaign for general elections in 2014, boosting his chances of becoming the nation’s next prime minister. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130609-428641.html   http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-nationalist-opposition-names-controversial-hindu-leader-modi-to-lead-campaign/2013/06/09/7600d57a-d101-11e2-9577-df9f1c3348f5_story.html

3 JUNE 2013

Tripura: Christian man beheaded for not converting to Hinduism

After he married a tribal girl, her father pressured him to change religion. After a prayer ritual, a shaman performed the murder. His wife now fears for her life and that of their son.                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tripura:-Christian-man-beheaded-for-not-converting-to-Hinduism-28097.html

30 MAY 2013

Rituparno Ghosh: Bengali filmmaker dies in India

Award-winning Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh has died from a heart attack in the city of Calcutta. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22712973

25 MAY 2013

Maoist Attack in India Kills Congress Party Officials

Indian officials have expressed outrage over an attack by Maoist rebels on a convoy of ruling Congress party members that left at least 23 people dead. Saturday’s attack targeted the politicians as they left a campaign event in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.                                                                                                                                        http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458065&catid=35              http://www.voanews.com/content/india-maoists/1668388.html                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/26/india-leaders-condemn-barbaric-maoist-rebel-attack-on-convoy/

11 MAY 2013

India’s opposition calls on PM to resign

Demand for Manmohan Singh’s resignation comes after country’s law minister and railway minister are forced to step down. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351114194638324.html                                                             http://asiancorrespondent.com/107502/2-indian-ministers-resign-in-latest-govt-scandals/                                                                                                          http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/11/world/asia/pakistan-election/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 MAY 2013

Indian Supreme Court Clears Controversial Nuclear Plant

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday 6 dismissed petitions questioning the safety of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu state, against which the locals have been protesting due to safety concerns.                                                                       http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/42969-indian-supreme-court-clears-controversial-nuclear-plant/                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201356776113728.html

1 MAY 2013

Sexual Violence Widespread in India, UN Says

A mission to India by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women has concluded that sexual violence and harassment is widespread in the country. After a 10-day visit to several Indian states, Rashida Manjoo said sexual violence targeting India women is perpetuated in public spaces, in the family and in the workplace. http://www.voanews.com/content/un-sexual-violence-widespread-in-india/1652578.html

29 APRIL 2013

8 myths about India’s growth

Is India different? Last month, India’s finance minister confidently declared that nothing could stop his country from becoming the world’s third-biggest economy. He may well be right, but size alone does not make India a special case. Its growth has been fast, but it is no trailblazer. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/8_myths_about_indian_growth?page=0,0&goback=.gde_1791498_member_237837386

24 APRIL 2013

India singing legend Shamshad Begum dies

Begum had been in poor health in recent months and died at her residence late on Tuesday, family members told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.                                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22275484

21 APRIL 2013

Indian protests after the rape of a five years young girl in Delhi

Allegations that the police had offered the family a bribe of 2,000 rupees ($37) to « keep quiet » contributed to the growing anger of protesters who gathered in the Indian capital. « They were reluctant to register our complaint [that she was missing] when we approached them the first time, » the father of the girl said. « Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive. » http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342015235341248.html                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/21/rape-and-torture-of-girl-sparks-furious-new-delhi-protests/                                                                                                 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10008690/Indian-protests-after-two-rape-cases-of-young-girls-in-Delhi.html

18 APRIL 2013

India has one third of world’s poorest, says World Bank

India now has a greater share of the world’s poorest than it did thirty years ago. Then it was home to one fifth of the world’s poorest people, but today it accounts for one-third – 400 million.                                                          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10003228/India-has-one-third-of-worlds-poorest-says-World-Bank.html

14 APRIL 2013

Teenager exposes India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism

A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex.                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9993453/Teenager-exposes-Indias-one-month-wives-sex-tourism.html

2 APRIL 2013

Indian Tamil actors protest Sri Lanka war conduct

Tamil movie stars in India, including superstar Rajinikanth, are fasting for a day to protest what they say is the mistreatment of ethnic Tamils in neighboring Sri Lanka and to demand an international probe into alleged wartime abuses there. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103971/indian-tamil-actors-protest-sri-lanka-war-conduct/

31 MARCH 2013

India’s Hindu party elevates controversial leader

The main opposition Hindu nationalist party on Sunday  31 elevated Narendra Modi, a deeply divisive figure in Indian politics, to the party’s top decision-making bodies, with his supporters believing he could become prime minister in national elections next year. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103826/india-narendra-modi-election/

29 MARCH 2013

Indian author flees after rape allegations

An award-winning Indian writer is on the run after five women who worked as cooks at a charity school he founded accused him of rape, police said on Friday. Laxman Mane, 63, disappeared after the women filed complaints earlier this week, alleging that he had repeatedly assaulted them between 2003 and 2010, mostly on the school premises in western Maharashtra state http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1263080/1/.html

22 MARCH 2013

Bollywood star convicted for illegal weapons

India’s Supreme Court sentenced Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai.                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332163853512530.html

19 MARCH 2013

UN Vote on Sri Lankan Civil War Threatens Indian Government

Discord in India about a United Nations resolution on war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war has prompted a key regional ally to pull out of the coalition government. The government says its stability is not under threat, but the Congress-led alliance has become more fragile                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/un-vote-on-sri-lanka-threatens-indias-congress-party/1624261.html                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331910374510398.html

Indian bill on tough rape laws passed by parliament

A bill containing harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, has been passed by India’s lower house of parliament.                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21826247

14 MARCH 2013

Communist Party India, Left Movement, West Bengal, Naxalites

Questions and Answers

http://www.exploringgeopolitics.org/Interview_Reynolds_Nathalene_Communist_Party_India_Left_Movement_West_Bengal_Naxalites.html

13 MARCH 2013

Five troops killed as gunmen attack Kashmir security camp

Militants in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed at least five security personnel in a gun and grenade attack near a school in Srinagar.                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21766580

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian Parliament gives nod to anti-sexual harassment Bill

The Rajya Sabha today unanimously passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill which provides for deterrent punishments and brings in its ambit even domestic workers and agriculture labour, besides workers in organised and unorganised sectors.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445371&catid=360200830.html

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Millions strike in India over high prices

An estimated 100 million Indians, angry about rising prices, low pay and poor working condition, walked off their jobs on Wednesday, on the first day of a two-day strike organised by eleven major trade unions.   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322016857755633.html

Indian sisters aged six to 11 raped, murdered and thrown down well

The girls, whose mother is a poor, widowed domestic servant, were last seen outside a cheap roadside café selling rice and dahl, and may have decided to follow their killer because they were hungry.                          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9883009/Indian-sisters-aged-six-to-11-raped-murdered-and-thrown-down-well.html

9 FEBRUARY 2013

Afzal Guru: Delhi parliament attack plotter hanged

A Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India’s parliament has been hanged after his final clemency plea was rejected.                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-21392156                                  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9859271/Delhi-parliament-attack-plotter-hanged-in-India.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Report Faults Indian Government Over Widespread Child Sex Abuse

Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.                        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/world/asia/report-faults-indian-government-over-widespread-child-sex-abuse.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21352102

3 FEBRUARY 2013

Why India lags behind China

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/03/why-india-lags-behind-china

3 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian President approves death penalty in some rape cases

India’s president on Sunday approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi sparked national outrage and triggered demands for tougher laws http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1252002/1/.html

23 JANUARY 2013

Rajnath Singh takes over India’s BJP leadership

India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has elected veteran politician Rajnath Singh as the new party president. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21155808

15 JANUARY 2013

Indian caste councils praise families that carry out ‘honour killings’

In a submission to India’s Supreme Court, leaders of caste councils made a plea for greater understanding of those who kill their children for ‘honour’ but denied encouraging them.                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9803127/Indian-caste-councils-praise-families-that-carry-out-honour-killings.html

13 JANUARY 2013

7 men gang rape bus passenger in India

In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night.                                                                                       http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/13/world/asia/india-new-gang-rape/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

9 JANUARY 2013

The girls stolen from the streets of India

The death of a student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus has prompted anguished soul-searching about the place of women in Indian society. The widespread killing of female foetuses and infants is well-documented, but less well-known is the trafficking of girls across the country to make up for the resulting shortages.                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20938125

6 JANUARY 2013

Haradhan Bandopadhyay passes away at 86

Noted screen and stage actor Haradhan Bandopadhyay, who had starred in many celluloid classics of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, passed away after a brief illness. He was 86                                                                                                     http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Haradhan-Bandopadhyay-passes-away-at-86/articleshow/17907708.cms

4 JANUARY 2013

Gang Rape Reveals the Real India…

…and hopefully the glimmers of change                                                                                                                                     http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5082&Itemid=404

31 DECEMBER 2012

From the Delhi police: Why women deserve to be raped                                                                                     http://forums.asiaone.com/showthread.php?t=57392#1

30 DECEMBER 2012

India gang-rape victim’s body cremated

The body of a woman who died after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in India’s capital has been cremated amid an outpouring of anger and grief by millions across the country demanding greater protection for women from sexual violence. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/201212306127972964.html                                               http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/30/family-holds-private-funeral-for-indian-gang-rape-victim/

29 DECEMBER 2012

India mourns death of gang-rape victim

Shocked Indians are mourning the death of a woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks ago in an ordeal that has galvanised people to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/2012122973834570942.html

28 DECEMBER 2008

Indian teenager commits suicide after gang rape

A 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped has committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relatives have said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9768614/Indian-teenager-commits-suicide-after-gang-rape.html

23 DECEMBER 2012

India gang rape: journalist shot dead as protests continue

The Indian government failed to stem a wave of furious protest against the gang-rape of a student on Sunday, as a journalist was shot dead by police during a demonstration against another sex attack.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763983/India-gang-rape-journalist-shot-dead-as-protests-continue.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763657/India-gang-rape-protests-intensify-as-water-cannon-and-tear-gas-deployed.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/23/world/asia/india-rape-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

20 DECEMBER 2012

India elections: BJP’s Narendra Modi secures Gujarat win

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India’s next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20778816
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9758527/Narendra-Modi-hailed-as-Indias-next-prime-minister.html

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

12 DECEMBER 2012

Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar maestro, dies

Legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, a major influence on musicians ranging from The Beatles to violinist Yehudi Menuhin, has died at the age of 92 after surgery in the United States, his family said Wednesday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20690632 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/1242390/1/.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

Indian government wins controversial foreign retail vote

India’s government has won a crucial vote in parliament on its controversial plans to open the retail sector to foreign competition
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20604455

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Inder Kumar Gujral, former Indian prime minister, dies

Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral has died after a long illness in a hospital near the capital, Delhi, aged 92. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20552041

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Mumbai attack gunman Ajmal Qasab executed

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been hanged. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20422265 http://www.france24.com/en/20121121-india-mumbai-kasab-terror-hangs-surviving-gunman-attacks

17 NOVEMBER 2012

Bal Thackeray, Hindu leader and Shiv Sena founder, dies

Hindu fundamentalist politician Bal Thackeray, the founder of the right-wing Shiv Sena party, has died in Mumbai at the age of 86.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20376653 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/11/2012111712347525901.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20180376

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi, has been appointed the head of a committee which will look after party activities relating to the 2014 general elections.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20352518

India textbook says meat-eaters lie and commit sex crimes

Meat-eaters « easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes », according to a controversial school textbook available in India.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20354669

4 NOVEMBER 2012

India’s Rahul Gandhi uses rally to take centre stage

Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, addressed tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in New Delhi on Sunday, raising his profile before a possible bid to become prime minister.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9654146/Indias-Rahul-Gandhi-uses-rally-to-take-centre-stage.html

28 OCTOBER 2012

Indian prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to overhaul his government’s image ahead of state and national elections taking place over the next 18 months. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/10/2012102882712401450.html http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/manmohan-expands-cabinet-with-new-faces/article4040545.ece

26 OCTOBER 2012

Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle

The move comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20096813

23 OCTOBER 2012

Indian girls ‘should be banned from owning mobiles’

Girls should be banned from owning mobile phones to stop them eloping, an Indian MP has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9628163/Indian-girls-should-be-banned-from-owning-mobiles.html

21 OCTOBER 2012

Bollywood veteran film-maker Yash Chopra dies

One of India’s most influential film-makers, Yash Chopra, has died from dengue fever in Mumbai, aged 80. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20023315
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/yash-chopra-king-of-romance-leaves-a-void-in-bollywood/1020177/%22

18 OCTOBER 2012

India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters

India’s long-stated intention to procure an aircraft carrier has suffered a further blow, hurting efforts to match China’s growing maritime clout, especially in the Indian Ocean region and the South China Sea, where India has invested to explore for oil and gas. The deferment by at least a year was conveyed last week by Russia, which is reconditioning the Admiral Gorshkov at an already escalated price of US$2.3 billion. The ship rechristened INS Vikramaditya was to have been delivered this year after several delays already
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ19Df01.html

5 OCTOBER 2012

Five condemned to death for India ‘honour’ killing

Five members of a family in India were sentenced to death on Friday for the torture and « brutal » murder of a young couple in a so-called « honour killing » two years ago
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121005-375852.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19840429

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

India’s Congress Party facing leadership crisis over Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turns 80-years-old on Wednesday, and senior party figures believe he will not lead the party into the next general election, which could be as early as next year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9565858/Indias-Congress-Party-facing-leadership-crisis-over-Rahul-Gandhis-reluctance.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

India slowly confronts epidemic of missing children

More than 90,000 children are officially reported missing every year, according to data compiled and released late last year by leading children’s rights group Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which showed the problem was far greater than previously thought. Up to 10 times that number are trafficked, according to the group
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-slowly-confronts-epidemic-of-missing-children/2012/09/22/395d51b0-fd95-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Nuclear protesters briefly block Indian port

A government official says thousands of fishermen in nearly 500 boats blocked a port for nearly two hours, protesting construction of a nuclear power plant in southern India http://asiancorrespondent.com/89799/nuclear-protesters-briefly-block-indian-port/

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Nationwide strike begins in India

Schools, shops and government offices were shut in some Indian states as protesters blocked road and rail traffic as part of a one-day nationwide strike against sweeping economic reforms announced by the government last week http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/20/india-national-strike-govt-formally-approves-supermarket-reforms/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/201292005144775438.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Trinamool Congress quits India coalition over reform plan

A key regional party has pulled out of India’s governing coalition over its decision to open up the retail sector to global supermarket chains
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19637424

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

India Backs Foreign Investment in Retailing

After years of intense debate, India’s government agreed on Friday to open the country’s retail sector to global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Ikea, pushing for a profound shift in India’s economic and political direction
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/business/global/india-backs-foreign-investment-in-retail-sector.html?ref=asia

10 SEPTEMBER 2012

Indian cartoonist jailed for mocking corruption

A political cartoonist whose drawings mock Indian government corruption has been jailed in a sedition investigation that was widely condemned as evidence of political leaders’ growing intolerance of criticism http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9533671/Indian-cartoonist-jailed-for-mocking-corruption.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19540565

31 AUGUST 2012

Gujarat riots: BJP’s Maya Kodnani jailed for 28 years

A special Gujarat court today sentenced Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani to 28 years in jail for her involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims were killed
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=421803&catid=35 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19432982