After the Delhi rape, a deluge of authoritarianism
An Indian writer asks: if the protests about that awful gang rape really are progressive, why are they leading to less freedom?
|Thursday 4 October 2012|
How to make blackouts a thing of the past
The key to providing for our energy needs is technological development, not sterile rows about energy sources.
|Tuesday 14 February 2012|
The real reason we should cut aid to India
When Britain begs India to keep taking handouts, you know aid is more about nourishing soulless Westerners than feeding hungry Southerners.
|Monday 16 January 2012|
Putting tribespeople in a human zoo
In demanding the utter isolation of Third World tribes, Survival International turns communities into freakshows.
|Tuesday 30 August 2011|
Anna Hazare: apostle of political hygiene
James Woudhuysen reports from India on why the middle-class warriors against corruption aren’t so heroic.
|Thursday 18 August 2011|
Sterilise yourself and win a car!
The bribing of Indians to stop having babies is not that different to the moral blackmail used by Western Malthusians.
|Tuesday 3 August 2010|
David Cameron and the death of diplomacy
The PM’s Israel-upsetting, Pakistan-isolating world tour shows that celebrity-style badmouthing has taken the place of diplomatic nicety.
|Thursday 1 October 2009|
Are we witnessing ‘the rise of the rest’?
The elevation of the G20 over the G8 has prompted talk of an international power shift. The reality is more complicated.
|Monday 27 July 2009|
Hands off India’s carbon emissions!
Hillary Clinton’s pressure on India to shrink its ‘carbon footprint’ is little more than eco-imperialism.
|Thursday 16 July 2009|
Watch TV instead of having sex
Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on one Indian official’s mad scheme for reducing the number of poor people.
|Thursday 2 July 2009|
You say Dilli, I say Delhi
Rebranding Indian cities, streets and landmarks with ‘authentic’ Hindi names is parochial and chauvinistic, says Bombayite Sadhvi Sharma.
|Monday 18 May 2009|
Give us something worth voting for
Sadhvi Sharma reports from Bombay on the gimmicks and threats that were used to get people voting in the elections.
|Friday 30 January 2009|
A dimestore novel that reveals India’s beating heart
One Night @ the Call Center, still a bestseller in India four years after it was published, perfectly captures young Indians’ disdain for tradition and foreign snootiness, and their desire for prosperity and liberty.
|Tuesday 27 January 2009|
In this film, it’s every Slumdog for himself
Danny Boyle’s Mumbai melodrama reduces humanity to a collection of brutal oppressors and helpless victims.
|Thursday 15 January 2009|
India’s ‘festival of
As British eco-activists fly into a fury over the Third Runway, millions of Indians are exploring the skies on cheap flights.
|Monday 1 December 2008|
Terror in Mumbai: the same old, same old
Claims that the attacks represent a new form of ‘Fourth Generation Warfare’ are infused with historical amnesia and fearmongering.
|Monday 1 December 2008|
Bombay bounces back
Sadhvi Sharma reports from the streets and stations of a city that remains resilient in the face of ‘hair-raising experiences’.
|Friday 28 November 2008|
Mumbai: the nihilism that dare not speak its name
The terrible assaults on the Indian city of growth and ambition suggest that contemporary terrorism is not as alien as we think.
|Tuesday 7 October 2008|
India’s economic progress left in Tatas
The campaign to shut down a cheap car factory is driven by elite green angst more than the Indian people’s interests.
|Tuesday 24 June 2008|
This year’s must-have fashion: pity for Indians
Recent TV documentaries exposing that Primark’s clothes are made by Indian child labourers have been nauseatingly elitist.