On Oct. 4, a young Indian writer by the name of Mahima Kukreja tweeted that a popular, Mumbai-based comedian, Utsav Chakraborty, had once sent her an unsolicited photo of his penis. Other women responded by sharing stories of similar behavior from Chakraborty and Kukreja began tweeting screenshots of the messages she received (while blurring out the names of the … Continue reading ‘People Feel There’s a Chance of Being Believed.’ India’s #MeToo Movement Gathers Momentum
India’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to uphold a controversial biometric identity program, finding that the sweeping data collection scheme is constitutional despite claims that it violated privacy laws and was unlawfully established. Four judges on the five-member Supreme Court panel decided by majority that the program can continue, but with limited scope and restrictions on … Continue reading The World’s Largest Biometric Identification System Survived a Supreme Court Challenge in India
“It used to get more attention than a Lamborghini on the road,” Cyrus Dhabhar says. The automotive journalist is talking about the Tata Nano, an Indian compact vehicle that was hailed as “the world’s cheapest car” when it was unveiled in 2008. It’s tough to imagine any vehicle generating more curiosity than an iconic supercar … Continue reading Is it the End of the Road for the World’s Cheapest Car?
How do you get a 400lb tiger into the back of a truck? It’s an elaborate process that involves dozens of personnel, carefully calibrated tranquilizer darts, a custom-made cage — and a handful of elephants. All that was in place on June 20 when MB2, a three-year-old male tiger, was transported from Kanha Tiger Reserve … Continue reading How India’s Conservationists Are Fighting to Save Half of the World’s Tigers
Yoga is among India’s most popular cultural exports. People across the globe have adopted the ancient practice for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits. But along the way, yoga has morphed and been adapted to suit the modern gym-going public, leading some yogis to voice concern that it has become little more than a series … Continue reading What India’s Traditional Yoga Teachers Want You to Know for the International Day of Yoga
Towards the end of May, one of India’s most popular summer retreats nearly ran out of water. Shimla, a historic hill town in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, is the latest addition to a list of Indian towns and cities that are starved for water. Earlier this year Bangalore, home to the country’s information … Continue reading The Global Water Crisis: Why Are India’s Taps Running Dry?
A hotly contested state election, seen as a bellwether for India’s national polls next year, has resulted in a politician of a local party allied with the opposition Congress being appointed chief minister — but only after a Supreme Court ruling and a race tainted by allegations of bribery. H.D. Kumaraswamy took the top job Wednesday in the … Continue reading Here’s What a Recent State-Level Vote Reveals About India’s 2019 General Elections
There were a lot of things vying for Aditya Mallya’s attention on that idyllic Saturday evening in Goa; the nippy September breeze, the pristine sands of the Benaulim beach, the wondrous setting sun, the perfectly chilled beer, the delicious prawn balchao, and the company of his closest friends. All the ingredients of a memorable evening … Continue reading Reality Kings – Inside the Very Real World of India’s Fantasy Sports Leagues
It was on a sweltering Mumbai afternoon that I found myself walking into the basement parking lot of a building in Bandra’s Pali Hill neighbourhood. My guide, Rony Vesuna, and I were grimacing in the heat as we walked to the stuffy levels below. But the minute we turned a corner, Vesuna’s face lit up. … Continue reading Riding with the queen: Fiat celebrates 118th anniversary next week
At 7.15 am, there were about two dozen surfers bobbing in the waters off Sasihithlu beach, just outside Mangaluru. The wind was strong, the tide was coming in and soon enough these surfers began hopping onto their boards and riding the waves – some expertly zigzagging across the water, others wiping out. This was the … Continue reading On India’s beaches, an intrepid bunch is riding the waves to create a surfing revolution