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Archives by Tag 'India'
I -Witnesses of the Mumbai Attacks
FARZANA VERSEY
“The spectators laughed. And my lawyer, rolling up one of his sleeves, said with finality, ‘Here we have a perfect reflection of this entire trial: everything is true and nothing is true!'” ...
Street Messiahs
FARZANA VERSEY
“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing…I can’t stand my own mind.” – Allen Ginsberg Space is being occupied. What does that space stand for? What does its occupation convey? There are q...
India’s Autoworkers Behaving Like the Old UAW
DAVID MACARAY
The union stories coming out of the huge Maruti Suzuki auto plant in Manesar, Haryana (approximately 30 miles south of New Delhi) fall into the classic “good news-bad news” categories. First, the bad news:  Approximately 3,500 workers have been on strike for a...
Class War on the Sub-Continent
CHARLES R. LARSON
Shortly after Rahan Tabassum returns home to Delhi for a vacation from his university studies in the United States, he finds himself in an increasingly tense situation involving his mother’s servants.  When she is away, her house is burgled—two computers and her safe...
Migration of the Destitute
P. SAINATH
Mumbai The re-classification of India’s villages and towns, and the changes this brings to the nation’s rural-urban profile, happens every decade. Yet only Census 2011 shows us a huge turnaround, with urban India adding more people (91 million) tha...
Gandhi’s Lesson for Today
KATHY KELLY
In a soon-to-be published book entitled Gandhi and the Unspe...
Indians’ Flight From Agriculture
P. SAINATH
Mumbai Is distress migration on a massive scale responsible for one of the most striking findings of Census 2011: that for the first time since 1921, urban India added more numbers to its population in a decade than rural India did? At 833.1 million...
The Key to Sussex?
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Shortly after news of (the former Nawab of) Pataudi’s death, a friend of mine sent me the following one-line email: “Who was the other cricketer with one eye?……..Ranjitsinhji.” I thought this didn’t make any sense. I had r...
Bangladesh’s Seduction by Celluloid
BINOY KAMPMARK
Since 1972, Bangladesh has been firm about the films of the monster that we all know as Bollywood, a beast so prolific it disgorges some thousand films a year.  No viewings of Bollywood films have been permitted in Bangladesh’s cinemas – till now. The power of...
The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone
PEPE ESCOBAR
More than 10 years ago, before 9/11, Goldman Sachs was predicting that the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) would make the world economy’s top ten — but not until 2040.  Skip a decade and the Chinese economy already has the number two spot all to its...
How the Cricket Caucus Made a Killing
P. SAINATH
Mumbai Air India might not be doing as well we’d like it to. But the braveheart who flew it fearlessly into dense clouds of debt is doing okay. Praful Patel (who no longer holds the aviation portfolio) added, on average, over half a million rupees (j...
India’s Dark Underbelly
CHARLES R. LARSON
Aravind Adiga won the Man Booker Prize for his first novel, White Tiger (2008), a dark underbelly account of a master/servant relationship that, through violence, reverses the previous class order while simultaneously questioning centuries old beliefs and pract...
Anna Hazare and the Idea of Gandhi
MITU SENGUPTA
For the past two weeks, the world has been captivated by the bitter confrontation between the Indian government and a short, bespectacled, seventy-four-year old man called Anna Hazare, a self-styled anti-corruption crusader. On August 16th, Hazare’s ar...
Corruption and its Discontents
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Hazare ke Khwaaishen bhi aisi ki har Khwaish ho-hum nikale Bahut nikale thay demand lekin phir bhi kam nikale (with apologies to Mirza Ghalib) Judging from the New York Times and the Washing...
India’s World Class Heist
MITU SENGUPTA
A lot happened in India over the weekend. On August 5th, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India released its final report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, placing it before the parliament. No-one expected good news. The games, which were held in Delhi last Oc...
Nukes and India
PRAFUL BIDWAI
Have our rulers decided to place India on the wrong side of history and arrest her social progress? Going by their policy of forcibly promoting nuclear power regardless of its hazards, environmental damage potential, high economic and social costs, and unpo...
The Lurch of the Lemmings
P. SAINATH
One of the most enduring of media-created myths is that of mass suicide amongst lemmings, the little rodents that live mostly in and around the Arctic. A 1958 Disney documentary film, White Wilderness,  staged scenes of large numbers of lemmings marching mindlessly off a...
Memories of Maharaj
P. SAINATH
The call came through about 2 a.m. Maharaj knew the work habits of his friends. “Do you think you can come to the U.S. and do a few talks on the 50th year of Indian Independence? There are a lot of nonsensical celebrations coming up around it here. And a generation ...