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    1. December 15, 2014

      Safe travel still eludes women in India

      I first arrived in New Delhi 20 years ago this month. I didn’t have a car, so my transport options were the three-wheeled...

    2. December 11, 2014

      Blissbasket spares India’s blushes in spite of risqué products

      Ancient India gave the world the Kama Sutra, a poetic guide to sexual pleasure, with in-depth descriptions of...

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    1. December 9, 2014

      Uber rape allegation exposes the dangers faced by India women

      Ria Singh, a 26-year-old New Delhi lawyer, often used Uber to get home safely after nights out with friends. Using the San...

    2. December 7, 2014

      Uber under fire in India after driver accused of sexual assault

      Uber, the taxi-hailing service, was on the defensive in India after a 25-year-old woman in New Delhi claimed that she was...

    3. December 5, 2014

      Shades of grey in the ethics of designer babies

      As a guide to improbable gifts, the Neiman Marcus roll call of fantasy Christmas presents takes some beating. There is the...

    4. December 5, 2014

      Dozens blinded at India cataract camp

      Indian authorities are investigating why at least 50 people who underwent free cataract surgery at a charitable event in...

    5. December 3, 2014

      Modi minister under fire for attack on Indian minorities

      Narendra Modi is under pressure to punish a government minister who told voters in Delhi they had to decide whether their...

    6. December 1, 2014

      The ‘godmen’ of India who bring out the vote, and wield earthly influence

      A five-storey home with 24 air-conditioned bedrooms, lift, indoor swimming pool and gym, luxury cars, a cache of firearms,...

    7. November 30, 2014

      Mystics distract India’s ministers from Modi’s development drive

      The Indians who discovered this week that their education minister seeks advice from a Vedic astrologer should be no more...

    8. November 28, 2014

      India’s religious right denounces intermarriage as ‘love jihad’

      Chandrashekhar Tiwari is a conservative Hindu and he is convinced that India’s Muslims are waging “love jihad” – plotting to...

    9. November 26, 2014

      India’s gym generation

      In a basement gym in the south of Mumbai, music channels blare on flat screen televisions, as four young men work out late...

    10. November 19, 2014

      Guru in Indian ashram stand-off accused of treason

      Indian authorities have accused a Hindu religious leader of treason after a deadly stand-off at an ashram where the guru...

    11. November 19, 2014

      Sterilisation tragedy highlights India’s bad-drug crisis

      Probing the deaths of 13 women who participated in a government-organised mass sterilisation, Indian authorities last week...

    12. November 18, 2014

      Cricket chief cleared of Indian Premier League match-fixing

      India’s Supreme Court has cleared Narainswamy Srinivasan, chairman of the International Cricket Council, of involvement in a...

    13. November 16, 2014

      India should empower, not sterilise, women

      In A Fine Balance, a novel by Rohinton Mistry set in India, one of the male protagonists has his legs amputated after a...

    14. November 14, 2014

      India’s efforts to control its population are still stuck in the past

      It is one of independent India’s darkest chapters. In June 1975, Indira Gandhi, then prime minister, declared a state of...

    15. November 11, 2014

      Indian women die after sterilisations

      A government-sponsored mass sterilisation programme in India went tragically wrong this week, with 10 women dying and dozens...

    16. beyondbrics

      October 29, 2014

      Breaking India's coal monopoly: is it the answer?

      While most Indians were celebrating the Diwali holiday last week, authorities in New Delhi slipped out an order that may...

    17. October 19, 2014

      Modi to axe India’s diesel subsidies

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on one of his biggest reforms yet to modernise India’s economy, ending...

    18. October 13, 2014

      Xiaomi hires ex-Google executive to lead push into India

      Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has hired a former Google executive to help drive its push into India, as the company ramps...

    19. October 12, 2014

      State Bank of India head calls for regulatory shake-up

      India’s banks have endured a torrid time of late, caught out by an economic slowdown and beset by bad debts – and now a...

    20. October 10, 2014

      Anti-slavery fighter Kailash Satyarthi has saved 80,000 children

      While Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, may be among the most...

    21. October 10, 2014

      Fireworks as India’s newest league prepares to kick off

      A capacity crowd of nearly 70,000 football fans are expected to cram into the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday to...

    22. October 10, 2014

      Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize

      Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for supporting female education was named joint...

    23. October 9, 2014

      Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg plays the long game in India

      Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined his growth plans for India on Thursday – by barely mentioning Facebook. The...

    24. October 9, 2014

      India warns Pakistan over Kashmir clashes

      India has warned its nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan to stop what New Delhi calls “unprovoked firing and shelling”, after...

    25. October 9, 2014

      Strong demand fuels renaissance of India microfinance

      It is a hot morning and 47-year-old driver’s wife Geeta Rajendra is in a queue with scores of brightly-dressed,...

    26. October 6, 2014

      A new broom sweeps in India’s clean-up drive

      Give a hoot, don’t pollute! That old American jingle popped, unbidden, into my head last week as I watched Narendra Modi,...

    27. October 5, 2014

      Muslim apartments highlight housing segregation in India

      Gulistaan Golf View Heights, a planned apartment compound on the outskirts of New Delhi, promises all the amenities...

    28. October 2, 2014

      Modi asks India to clean up

      Not since Mahatma Gandhi, the revered independence campaigner, has any Indian leader appeared particularly concerned about...

    29. September 28, 2014

      Narendra Modi plays Madison Square Garden to woo Indian diaspora

      Once barred from the US, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, was treated to a rock star’s reception on Sunday as he...

    30. September 22, 2014

      Kashmir’s floods leave a watery Doomsday

      They call this part of Kashmir simply the valley. Walnut trees, apple orchards and the willows used to make cricket bats...

    31. September 21, 2014

      Disney eyes bigger picture with Bollywood link

      To promote last week’s release of Khoobsurat, a Bollywood film produced by Disney’s Indian subsidiary, actress Sonam Kapoor...

    32. beyondbrics

      September 4, 2014

      Why is India losing the competitiveness race?

      India emerges from the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report as the sickest member of the BRICs. It is...

    33. September 2, 2014

      Vijay Mallya feels full force of frustration within India’s banks

      In January 2012 – when India’s ailing Kingfisher Airlines urgently needed cash for jet fuel to keep its aircraft flying –...

    34. August 28, 2014

      India’s Modi seeks bank accounts for 75m poor households

      Narendra Modi on Thursday kick-started a drive to open bank accounts for 75m poor Indian households, part of a campaign to...

    35. August 25, 2014

      Thames clean-up inspires Modi’s Ganges plans

      Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, could look to the clean-up of the once filthy Thames in London as a model for...

    36. August 25, 2014

      Hindu nationalists flex muscles in Narendra Modi’s India

      Less than three months into Narendra Modi’s new Indian government, worried liberals say their fears of a lurch to the right...

    37. August 22, 2014

      Kerala’s prohibition plan deals blow to tourism

      India’s southern Kerala state, whose tropical, palm-fringed beaches are among the country’s top tourist draws, has decided...

    38. August 15, 2014

      Modi prioritises factories and toilets in Independence Day speech

      Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister, has launched a drive to modernise and clean up the world’s largest democracy with the...

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