World Toilet Day 2017: give all Indians a washroom

World Toilet Day 2017: give all Indians a washroom

November 19th was “World Toilet Day” which aims to raise awareness about health problems caused by poor sanitation. A UN-recognised event, “World Toilet Day” on November 19, aims to raise awareness about poor sanitation and defecation in the open, especially in India. An estimated 2.3 billion people worldwide are without toilets to... Continua »
India, Karnataka’s “Anti-superstition Bill” approved

India, Karnataka’s “Anti-superstition Bill” approved

The Karnataka “Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill 2017” has been passed by the state assembly on November 16th. The initial draft of the bill was prepared by experts at the National Law School University, Bengaluru. Later, an expert committee formed by the government made... Continua »
India: if you hand a beggar, the reward is Rs.500

India: if you hand a beggar, the reward is Rs.500

Hyderabad officials in India announced a plan to free their city from beggars – handing a beggar will let you get 500 rupees reward. They declared the city will be “beggar-free” within next December 15th. The city’s police commissioner banned begging for the next two months with this goal. Critics... Continua »
Six Out of 10 Indian Men Admit Violence Against Wives

Six Out of 10 Indian Men Admit Violence Against Wives

While 80 percent of Bangladeshi married women are abused by husbands, India – always careful not to fall too far behind in – “only” gets 60 percent of wives abused by husbands. Six out of 10 Indian men admit to having perpetrated violence against their wives or partners, with men who experienced... Continua »
Foreigners no more welcome in India: a country seeking for isolation

Foreigners no more welcome in India: a country seeking for isolation

India’s dream for political and diplomatic isolation should be satisfied. As a sovereign state with the right to self-determination, India has every right to cease all political and diplomatic contact with the rest of the world, seal borders and live independently. Indians have democratically expressed this desire by voting for... Continua »
India: Sex with wife below 18 years of age is rape

India: Sex with wife below 18 years of age is rape

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday 11/10 ruled that sex with wife aged below 18 years would be a punishable offence under the Indian Penal Code. A public interest litigation was filed in the apex court seeking to allow a bride below 18 years of age to file a FIR... Continua »
Taj Mahal dropped from tourism booklet

Taj Mahal dropped from tourism booklet

The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, attracting more than six million tourists a year. Although the monument attracts more tourists than any other site in India, it seems it is out of favour with the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where it is... Continua »
Manraj Singh: The first Sikh of the Italian élite police force

Manraj Singh: The first Sikh of the Italian élite police force

The glorious “Carabinieri” army force is a military police force in a permanent public security service. Manraj is 24 years old, a fair-faced man with honest expression, and in his course at the Reggio Calabria Cadet School he beat all his Italian counterparts, getting first rank and deserving a mention... Continua »
The marvels of ancient India

The marvels of ancient India

Some historical rarities on ancient India, less known and deserving credit. The discovery that the earth is spherical is credited to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who was born in 384 BCE. However, very few people know that a man from ancient India established the idea of “spherical earth” during the... Continua »
Bacha Khan: the “Frontier Gandhi”

Bacha Khan: the “Frontier Gandhi”

Perhaps the great proponent of non-violence, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890–1988) is needed today by the Pakhtuns, who have been victims of extreme violence for the last thirty seven years. He started a secular non-violent movement in 1929 by establishing a movement called ‘Khudai Khidmatgaar’ (Servants of God). That earned... Continua »