Stories about India from February, 2009
Shiv Sena's Orkut Campaign: The Limits to Freedom of Expression in an Intolerant India
Introduction: Freedom of Expression in the Indian Blogosphere The Indian blogosphere is abuzz with discussions on freedom of expression after the Supreme Court refused to throw out Shiv Sena's defamation case against 19 year old computer science student Ajith D (TOI). However, the Indian blogosphere's reactions to the controversy are...
Video: Community Radios Fill the Information Gap
In a highly globalized and digitalized world, sometimes we may forget that in many regions of the world, not even electricity is available, and the possibility of using internet as an alternative information source is still a distant dream. It is in locations like Guatemala, Chad and India that community radio rises as the alternative for native communities to speak about their concerns, hear news and stories, receive information and all this in their native languages.
India: Environmental Scholars On a Very Cool Mission
About two weeks ago, I read in Tom Friedman's column in the New York Times about two young scholars from the U.S who were on a very impressive mission in India. Alexis Ringwald and Caroline Howe are touring the country in an electric/solar powered car to raise awareness about the...
Sunday Posts discusses the Indian tourism campaign ‘Incredible India’, a successful campaign and the need to do a lot more to attract tourism.
India: Nominations for Indibloggies
The nominations for the Indian blogging award Indibloggies 2008 will continue till 6th of March 2009. The Indibloggies are publicly-chosen awards conferred on bloggers from India and the Indian Diaspora since 2003. The nomination form is located here.
India: Court Ruling Against Bloggers
Kafila informs about a recent Supreme Court ruling in India which states that “a person who starts a blog/community page cannot claim that it was a community page and not meant for public consumption.” That means the owner will be liable for all the collaborative contents and comments in that...
India: Slumdog Millionaire Sweeps The Oscar Awards
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, a British social film based on a novel set out in India made a clean sweep at the The 81st Academy Awards Ceremony. Its British and Indian crews bagged 8 awards including the best picture award. It was truly India's day as ‘Smile Pinky‘, another short...
India: Clean Sweep by Slumdog Millionaire At The Oscars
Kamla Bhatt reports that last evening British and Indian cast and crew of the movie Slumdog Millionaire (a British film based on a novel set out in India) made a clean sweep at the Oscars by winning 8 awards out of 10 nominations including the best picture award.
Global Health: Mobile Phones to Boost Healthcare
Three foundations have joined forces in an effort to provide better healthcare through the use of cell phones and computer technology. In particular, these mobile technology initiatives are aimed at improving healthcare services in developing countries. Cell phones are currently being used for health services ranging from HIV/AIDS education to...
South Asian Rock Music Festival
Salik Shah of Kathmandu Speaks! Are you listening? attended the second South Asian Bands festival at Purana Qila in New Delhi and shares his reactions.
India: Loathing ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
Lekhni at The Imagined Universe questions ‘why do Indians hate Slumdog Millionaire?‘
Delhi Bloggers Bloc is organizing the first WordCamp in India from 21st – 23rd February, 2009. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress will be present there. You can follow the live twitter feeds of WordCamp India.
Social Networking Sites in India
Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics Blog analyzes the future of social networking sites in India.
India: Interview with A. R. Rahman and Danny Boyle
The Kamla show, the radio/podcast show of Kamla Bhatt, in collaboration with NDTV has published interviews with Danny Boyle and A R Rahman, the director and music director of the film Slumdog Millionaire.
India: The Free Hug Campaign
AJ at Desicritics.org joined the Hug Karo, Pub Bharo aandolan (hug and fill the pub movement) and posts his experience including photos. This was organized by the Blogaloreans (Bangalore Bloggers group) to protest the moral policing of Shree Ram Sena activists in Mangalore.
India: Religions and Fundamentalists
M.J. Akbar makes a point that all religions are not same, but fundamentalists are.
India: The Pink Underwear Resistance
In some parts of India, celebrating Valentine's Day could be considered harmful to women's and couple's health, as Morality Police decide to hunt down couples and women that may be holding hands or in pubs. The Pink Chaddi campaign is a step towards demonstrating that women can and will take matters into their own hands to make sure the situation changes.
India: The Satyam Fraud
Sans Serif comments: “It is remarkable how easily an even larger media circus has allowed ‘India’s Biggest Corporate Fraud’ to slip into ‘India’s Biggest Coverup’ in one month flat.”
India, Bangladesh: BIPA Treaty
The New Horizon takes a closer look at the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIPA) between India and Bangladesh and comments: “Bangladesh should take the treaty in positive frame of mind and try to exploit the conditions as much as they can. It is the same for India.”
India: The IT Outsourcing Competition With China
Itonion at Desicritics discusses whether China is really a threat to the Indian IT outsourcing industry as perceived by many and concludes that India and China may end up collaborating in the future.
India: Kesaria Buddhist Stupa
Sirensongs at Feringhee: The India Diaries writes about the Kesaria buddhist stupa, which is being excavated in the countryside of Bihar, India.