April 18, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - She was called dirty, ugly, a "little packet of poison," the offspring of donkeys. These days, Kalpana Saroj is called something else: a millionaire. Saroj, a dalit , or "untouchable," epitomizes what was once unthinkable in India: upward mobility for someone whose caste long meant she would die as she was born: uneducated, dirt-poor, doomed to a life of dangerous and filthy work. The manufacturing tycoon - one admirer called her "a real slumdog millionaire" - is among a legion of dalits embracing new opportunities in business, politics, the arts and academia as prejudices ease and economic reforms open new doors in a culture that traditionally emphasized fate and reincarnation.
June 21, 1987 |
The World Bank will ask officials from the United States and 12 other nations this week to pledge $10 billion worth of aid to India over the next two years, officials said Friday.
September 17, 1996 |
Four Indian youths competing for jobs as police constables died in eastern India after running in a five-mile cross-country race in the midday heat, officials said Monday.
November 29, 2003 |
Television stations and cable operators in India have been ordered to stop airing movies, music videos and trailers deemed unsuitable for viewers under age 18, the broadcast minister was quoted as saying Friday. India's government may block out the channels that do not comply, Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Indian Express newspaper. "If you want to watch adult stuff, get it on video or DVD," said India's chief censor, Anupam Kher.
December 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
April 7, 1996
I was in Los Angeles on a business trip and saw the Jan. 4 "My Best Shot" of the bullock cart taken by Jane Galbraith during her visit to India. I am from India, and found the picture so amusing that I decided to get a print for my office display. BALDEO SINGH Unocal Corp. Sugar Land, Texas
January 31, 2009
Re " 'Slumdog' doesn't feel good in India," Jan. 24 That some in India object to "Slumdog Millionaire's" portrayal of poverty and slum life is not surprising, given that provincialism knows no borders. Most Americans I know are under the impression that the "new India" is full of chirpy high-techsters. In fact, according to published reports, India is a country where 700 million people don't have access to toilets and 600 million live without electricity. I liked the movie, and I don't dislike the country because of how it was portrayed.
October 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- When Savita Debnath was 14, two unknown men came to her impoverished village in eastern India, promising her a job cleaning houses for $40 a month in nearby Kolkata, but when she got there, agents forced her onto a train to New Delhi and sold her to a family. She was abused and forced to work long days cooking, cleaning, caring for two young children and preparing for family parties without pay or being allowed to contact her family. “I worked from 6 a.m. until midnight or 1 a.m.,” said Debnath, now 15. “When a dish burned, she slapped me many times.
April 25, 1989 |
About 300,000 dockworkers returned to work Monday at India's 10 major ports after a successful six-day strike for higher wages, union leaders said. The strike had cut India's imports to a trickle and virtually paralyzed exports. A five-year wage accord between five dockworkers' unions and the government provides for increases ranging from $20 to $53 a month, effective next Jan. 1.
January 24, 2003 |
Pakistan told four officials at India's embassy to leave Islamabad within 48 hours, in retaliation for New Delhi kicking out four officials at Pakistan's embassy in India a day earlier. The four Pakistanis had been accused of "activities incompatible with their official status," an apparent reference to espionage. The tit-for-tat expulsions were expected to aggravate tensions between the nuclear rivals, who ended a 10-month standoff in October when they pulled back troops from their border.