February 15, 2014 |
KURUKSHETRA, India - Sakit Poswal, an engineering graduate and aspiring actor, never gave much thought to politics until last fall, when a new party burst into the spotlight promising total transparency and handing out white caps stamped with the message, "I am the common man. " The grass-roots group that has upended India's staid political scene is the Aam Aadmi Party, whose name means "common man" and whose platform amounts to a full-throated rejection...
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.
January 24, 2011 |
They struck shortly after dawn on a weekday morning this month, taking bulldozers, backhoes and sledgehammers to the Noor Masjid mosque. But the stealth tactics by municipal workers fell short: Well before they finished razing the building, 1,000 Muslim protesters had gathered, and things got ugly. Across town a few hours later, the city's public works department was busy again, this time leveling the Hindu Pushp Vihar temple. Followers clashed with police, devotees sang to the gods and protesters blocked a main road, sparking massive traffic jams.
May 7, 1985 |
Hindu mobs attacked Sikhs and set fire to their shops today in the first major religious violence to rock northern India since the murder of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi last October. Officials in Punjab state said a 24-hour curfew was imposed on the village of Dhariwal, about 250 miles north of New Delhi and 40 miles northeast of Amritsar, to end the strife. The violence was sparked by the slayings Monday of two Hindus by suspected Sikh extremists.
February 25, 1996 |
A bus collided with a truck and burst into flames Saturday, killing 30 people and critically injuring 25 others in a southern Indian town, a news report said. Firefighters took more than three hours to put out the blaze after the vehicles collided on a narrow bridge near Sulur, 1,500 miles south of the capital, New Delhi, United News of India said.
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.
October 10, 1986
The official death toll from the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, has risen to at least 2,233, the state government of Madhya Pradesh reported. The toll previously had been reported at more than 2,000. A spokesman said 338 other fatalities are awaiting verification as being gas-related. The government has said that 200,000 were injured. The casualties occurred when 40 tons of methyl isocyanate, used in manufacturing pesticide, escaped from a Union Carbide Corp.