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Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus to be withdrawn from sale in India

Once again religious sensibilities are being allowed to override freedom of expression.  Wendy Honiger’s The Hindus was first published in 2009 and, as a revisionist account of the religion’s history, has proved controversial.  It is now being reported that Penguin Books India:
… has agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus. They have [...]

Misplaced outrage in India

The arrest and strip-search of a female Indian diplomat in New York has provoked outrage from politicians across the political spectrum in India.
The diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, the deputy consul general in New York, was arrested last Thursday and accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her housekeeper and paying the housekeeper [...]

Roma in Hungary: time to pay attention

“A significant portion of the Gypsies are unfit for coexistence. Not fit to live among human beings. These people are animals and behave like animals. … From his animal skull only inarticulate sounds come out and the only thing he understands is brute force… This must be solved, immediately and in any way.”
Zsolt [...]

Arrested for exposing so-called ‘miracles’

From the British Humanist Association
This week we thought it important that we highlight the plight of Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Indian Rationalist Association and the Rationalist International who has been accused of blasphemy by the Catholic Church in India, and is facing the risk of arrest and court proceedings.
Sanal, [...]

Border closing ceremony: India and Pakistan

I began to wonder whether this was a joke. But it seems not.  As I watched I was reminded of Andre Maurois’ children’s book Fattypuffs and Thinifers.  Thanks to Sarka for drawing it to my attention!

Paris and Ishika

This is a cross-post from
Last week, Paris Hilton visited Mumbai to promote a new collection of handbags and accessories. On her first day in town, near a mall in the upmarket suburb of Andheri, and from the comfort of her chauffeur-driven car, she handed a $100 note to a beggar woman.  According to reports, the beggar [...]

Kashmir vs West Bank

This is a guest post from
In 1993, according to a recent article in the Guardian by Pankaj Mishra, current Israeli President Shimon Peres met with BJP leader LK Advani and advised him that the best way to secure long-term Indian control over Kashmir was by settling non-Kashmiri Indians there. This neatly encapsulates the differences in Israeli and [...]

Nixon’s opening to China: the dark side

Guest post by Andrew Murphy
With the recent release of a new batch of Nixon tapes, once again we got to see the amoral side of how Nixon and Kissinger practiced statecraft. I happened to mention in polite conversation– with a GOP apparatchik who once campaigned for Nixon– the dark side of Nixon’s foreign policy. Specifically [...]

Jihadists Threaten Commonwealth Games in India

This is a Cross-Post from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s C0llege
The 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack heralded a new phase of jihadism in India, and since then the country has been on high alert. Next month, they will host the Commonwealth games and already the United States, Britain and Australia have issued [...]

Al-Qaeda warns India of future attacks

This a cross-post by Shiraz Maher
A bomb attack outside a German bakery in the Indian city of Pune on Saturday has received remarkably little coverage here in the UK. It killed eight people and injured a further 32. The attack came the day after India and Pakistan agreed to resume peace talks, after the Indian’s [...]