Most recent India blogs and columns

  • India’s main opposition and Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi waves to supporters during a rally on his way to file his nominations in Varanasi, India, Thursday, April 24, 2014. During his campaign, Modi has not played up his party's Hindu agenda, but experts say his decision to run in this holy city is meant to send a clear message to all voters about his commitment to the BJP's brand of religious nationalism, which emphasizes India's Hindu identity. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

    Rebels Attack Indian Election Official in Kashmir, Kill One

    SRINAGAR, India—Suspected rebels fatally shot an Indian poll official and wounded four other people in an attack on a bus in the Indian-controlled portion of... Read more

  • Gurdarshan Gill of India is sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony May 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Over 1,400 immigrants from 100 countries became U.S. citizens at the ceremony. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The Strategic Import of India-US Migration

    Migration is the foundation stone of India-US relations, if not the bedrock itself. Modern migration of Indians into the United States of America has been... Read more

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh, India, 2009. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Wildlife Gives a Wake Up Call for Our Survival

    His voice carries a palpable sense of urgency, “We are in the eleventh hour!” he says. His passion for life undeniable, “Honoring life, is more... Read more

  • Samarjeet Pattnaik, attorney of a New York City police officer Manny Encarnacion, speaks to the media in New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An Indian court said Thursday it won't rule before July 1 on the case of Encarnacion arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Court Extends NYC Officer’s Weapons Case in India

    NEW DELHI— An Indian court says it won’t rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New... Read more

  • An Assam police officer, left, takes a photograph on his mobile of a train that derailed near Jagiroad Railway Station, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, April 16 2014. According to a Northeast Frontier Railway officer, dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the tracks and derailed early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Train Derails in Northern India, None Killed

    GAUHATI, India—A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, and dozens of passengers suffered mostly minor injuries. The engine and nine of the train’s... Read more

  • An Assam police officer, left, takes a photograph on his mobile of a train that derailed near Jagiroad Railway Station, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, April 16 2014. According to a Northeast Frontier Railway officer, dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the tracks and derailed early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Train Derails in Northeast India, Injuring Dozens

    GAUHATI, India— A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, injuring dozens of passengers. The engine and nine of the train’s 13 coaches jumped... Read more

  • Rebels Kill 12 in Anti-election Campaign in India

    PATNA, India— Police say Indian Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh as they continue a campaign... Read more

  • Indigenous women belonging to the Kandha tribe display their voter's identity cards as they wait to cast their votes outside a polling station during Indian parliamentary elections at Dingesiguda village in Kandhamal district, Orissa state, India, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Millions of people are voting in the third phase of the elections Thursday, covering parts of 11 of India's 28 states. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament announced May 16. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    India Votes in Crucial Phase of National Elections

    PATNA, India— Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections Thursday, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states that are... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio turns to speak with a Brooklyn resident as he walks to his car in East New York, Brooklyn, on April 7, 2014. The mayor earlier reiterated his support for a detained NYPD officer in India. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

    De Blasio Promises Support for NYPD Officer Detained in India

    NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio reiterated his support Monday for an NYPD officer who was detained in India. “I don’t know the details yet of what... Read more

  • Indian voters wait in queues to cast their votes during the first phase of elections in Dibrugarh, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Voting Starts in India in World’s Largest Election

    GAUHATI, India—Voters in India’s remote northeast cast ballots on the first day of the world’s biggest election Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls... Read more

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    A Student’s Nightmare: World’s Longest Lecture Ran for 139 Hours

    An assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Graphic Era University in India has officially broken the record for the longest lecture ever, with a... Read more

  • Police officers escort one of the four convicts who raped a journalist last year inside an abandoned textile mil, to court in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 21, 2014. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    India: 3 Who Raped Journalist Sentenced to Death

    NEW DELHI— An Indian court on Friday sentenced to death three men who raped a photojournalist inside an abandoned textile mill last year in Mumbai,... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, young Indian employees of Infosys Technologies walk outside the company's headquarters at Electronic City in Bangalore, India. As the world's largest democracy of 1.2 billion people, including 814 million voters, launches a marathon six-week national election contest, all eyes are on India's enormous population of ambitious, tech-savvy and politically engaged youths. Nowhere is the high-tech transition more clear than amid the bright cafes and technology companies of Bangalore, seen as the economy's beating heart and brain trust with its large number of scientists, engineers and corporate professionals drawn from India's brightest youths. With 63 percent of its population under 25, Bangalore is one of India's youngest cities. (AP Photo/Kashif Masood)

    Young Voters Can Change India’s Future

    BANGALORE, India—What do India’s youth want from their politicians? Clean water, universal health care, women’s safety, food for all, better education, less corruption, better roads,... Read more

  • Supporters listen to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or common man party, chief Arvind Kejriwal during an election campaign rally in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April, 2, 2014. The election commission says 363 political parties participated in the 2009 elections. The number will likely be similar in this election that will be held from April 7 to May 12, although only seven of these are nationally recognized parties and another 34 were recognized as regional parties. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    World’s Largest Democracy Among its Most Complex

    NEW DELHI— In a country where men have long told their wives whom to vote for, Sheila Kumar says she has no intention of letting... Read more

  • People dressed in traditional attire take out a procession to celebrate "Gudi Padwa", or the Marathi new year, in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Gudi Padwa 2014 Images: Photos of the Celebration of the Hindu New Year

    Gudi Padwa is a celebration of the Hindu lunar New Year’s Day, falling on the first day of the Chaitra month. That’s April 1 this... Read more

  • Indian Air Force personnel march past a C-130 J Hercules aircraft during parade rehearsals for Air Force Day at the Air Force Station in Hindon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Air Force Day will be marked on Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

    Indian Air Force C-130 Plane With 5 Aboard Crashes

    NEW DELHI— An Indian Air Force C-130J Hercules cargo plane with five crew members on board crashed Friday during a routine training mission, an air... Read more

  • An injured man is carried on a stretcher for treatment to the Government Medical College after an attack in Jammu, India, Friday, March 28, 2014. One person was killed and three others injured Friday when unidentified gunmen wearing army uniform stopped a vehicle on the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and shot its occupants, police said. The gunmen later escaped in the same vehicle. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Gunmen Disguised as Indian Troops Spark Gunbattle

    SRINAGAR, India— An Indian police official says gunmen disguised as Indian soldiers opened fire on a car in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing a passenger and triggering... Read more

  • Asha Parekh in a file photo. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Asha Parekh Dead or Alive? Bollywood Actress is Still Alive Despite ‘RIP’ Messages

    Asha Parekh is not dead–the Indian actress is very much alive despite news going viral that supposedly detailed her death. “RIP” (Rest in Peace) messages... Read more

  • Rukshar Khatoon, the last person in India to contract polio, looks out from a bamboo fence at her home in Shahpara Village (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

    India is Polio-Free After 3 Years With No New Case

    The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents forgot to... Read more

  • India’s Congress Party Unveils Election Manifesto

    NEW DELHI— India’s ruling Congress Party has unveiled its election manifesto ahead of next month’s polls, promising new jobs and a stronger economy in an... Read more

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