Stories about India from January, 2010
Nilanjana at Akhond of Swat attended the Jaipur Literature Festival and wrote a series of articles on the festival.
Pakistani blogger Raza Rumi attended the SAARC folklore festival held in Chandigarh, India and commented: “It will take years, perhaps decades, but the dream for a visa-less, peacefully coexistent countries of South Asia will be realized. We will wait, but not give up.”
Environmental blogger Hemant Anant Jain aka Munna, writes a thought-provoking post on 26th January, the nation's 61st Republic Day, urging people to look beyond the commercial “growing market” tag and work towards restoring the rich environmental heritage of the amazing country that is India.
Shakir Lakhani at Chowrangi blog asks “Will Pakistan and India always be rivals?”
Following two high profile visits from New Delhi-Foreign Minister S.M Krishna and Army Chief Deepak Kapoor, the India Nepal relation is being discussed with renewed vigor in both Indian and Nepali blogs.
There was a time in Indian subcontinent when the Dak Harkaras (Post runners) ran 8-10 miles in each direction and back to carry letters and news. Maddy looks back at the golden age of the only type of postal service available in those days.
Spring Of Autumn reports that the Cable Operators Association of Pakistan will not show any match of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket because they felt that Pakistani players were deliberately excluded from the tournament.
Read Blogadda's interview with forty two popular Indian bloggers (Part 1, Part 2). Blogadda is the largest community of bloggers in India.
Rajesh Jain at Emergic stresses the need for “a friction-free person-to-person micropayments capability, much like PayPal” in India. Read the series here: (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
The Acorn comments that “it was wrong to leave Pakistani cricketers out” of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the IPL international players’ auction.
As Haiti struggles in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that has brought in its wake unimaginable loss to life, property and infrastructure, Bangla bloggers have joined the rest of the world in grieving for Haiti and gearing up to lend a helping hand.
Raja Basu at Potpourri informs: “despite a ban on its use in India, plastic bag is very much in use in India.”
Abhijit at Blowing In The Wind compiles media reactions on the death of the veteran communist leader and ex-chief minister of the West Bengal state of India, Jyoti Basu.
Sandeep Bansal calls India's recently concluded accord with Bangladesh on the transit rights for North East India as a historical opportunity for this region.
Sridhar at South Asian Philanthropy project explains why South Asians should donate for Haiti: “South Asians are very diverse in their giving – from giving to causes here in North America, to giving around the world”.
Sushanta Das Gupta and Kh. A. Saleque at E-Bangladesh summarizes the positive outcomes of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recently concluded trip to India.
Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics discusses about the Indian technology start-up ‘SMSGupShup’, which is a SMS-based social networking platform, and the business model of similar services.
Ultra Violet reports that the deadline for submission of films for the Bangalore Queer Film Festival is 30 January 2010. The non ticketed free event will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on 26th, 27th and 28th of February, 2010.
Asif Saleh and Jyoti Rahman at Unheard Voice criticizes the actions of India’s trigger happy Border Security Force (BSF), who are responsible for a number of death of Bangladeshis each year.
J Rahman at Mukti thinks that Bangladesh taka has an exchange rate problem with Indian rupee: “There seems to be a pretty good relationship – taka depreciates against the rupee today, and rice prices in Dhaka rise a year or so later.”
In India, social media was put under spotlight recently when tipped off by some online news sites a section of netizens fueled a rumor that critically ill Marxist leader and former Chief Minister of West Bengal Mr. Jyoti Basu was dead. This fiasco puts the pressure on social media users to be more responsible.