India’s 1% corner 73% of wealth: Oxfam

India’s 1% corner 73% of wealth: Oxfam

Up to 670 million Indians, who comprise the poorest half of the population, saw just a negligible increase in their wealth, while the richest 1% cornered 73% of the national income generated in the country last year, according to anti-poverty charity Oxfam. “The wealth of the elite 1% increased by 268... Continua »
How girls in Delhi are fighting street harassment

How girls in Delhi are fighting street harassment

When Pooja, a teenager in New Delhi, was 15, she would walk a roundabout route home from school. That way she could avoid harassment from boys lurking in a shadowy lane nearby. “That corner over there, I wouldn’t take that right,” she said, pointing at a street near her home in a... Continua »
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 »