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 »
India’s politics of meat

India’s politics of meat

The food police have struck in Lucknow, the capital of India’s Uttar Pradesh, cracking down not only on the illegal sale of beef but also the perfectly legal sale of buffalo meat. In sympathy, the chicken and goat-sellers in the city have mutinously downed their shutters. As a result, vegetable... Continua »
What Gurmehar teaches us all

What Gurmehar teaches us all

Ever since Gurmehar participated in an online campaign in support of the students of Ramjas College, Delhi University, she has found herself at the centre of a storm of abuse and vilification by the nazist supporters of the current Government of India. Gurmehar’s expression of protest started with changing her... Continua »
“Raam naam”: Tattoos in India’s Dalit community

“Raam naam”: Tattoos in India’s Dalit community

After being denied access to temples by BJP supporters and other crappy “sanghis”, some Dalits began tattooing the name of the Hindu god Raam on their face and body. Around 250km from Raipur, the capital of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, are some villages where small, often dilapidated mud homes,... Continua »
The filthy side of India: Rape videos for sale

The filthy side of India: Rape videos for sale

In kiosks in Uttar Pradesh, rape videos from around the country are sold for less than $3. In this industrial northern state, you can buy footage of a woman being raped for the price of a cheap meal. Al Jazeera found several videos that appeared to depict rape for sale... Continua »
JNU students repression and the shame of the worst face of “Hindutva”

JNU students repression and the shame of the worst face of “Hindutva”

On 9 February, a cultural evening was organised by 10 students, formerly of the Democratic Students’ Union (DSU), at the Sabarmati Dhaba, against the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Kashmiri separatist leader Maqbool Bhat, and for “the struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to... Continua »
A celebration of Dalit identity

A celebration of Dalit identity

An interesting photo collection from Al-Jazeera: Chaityabhoomi: A celebration of Dalit identity Thousands of Dalits, the Indian caste considered as untouchable by the mass of hindus, arrive in Mumbai each year on December 6th to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, a Dalit icon and architect of... Continua »
RSS thugs stopped Rahul Gandhi from entering Assam temple

RSS thugs stopped Rahul Gandhi from entering Assam temple

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday denounced that BJP and RSS had conspired to not allow Rahul Gandhi to enter Barpeta Satra during his visit to the state. Rahul Gandhi today denounced that he was stopped from entering a temple in Barpeta by RSS thugs during his recent visit to... Continua »
Fuel crisis grips Nepal as border crossings close

Fuel crisis grips Nepal as border crossings close

Nepal faces severe shortages in essential supplies including petrol, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel and cooking gas. A landlocked country that heavily depends on border trade with India for supplies, is facing severe shortages in essential supplies including petrol, diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel, and cooking gas. Border crossings between Nepal and India have... Continua »