Stories about India from June, 2011
Wikipedia celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and almost 100 cities and towns in India registered to host celebrations, the highest number of any country. This year the Wikimedia Foundation will open its first office outside the United States, in an Indian city as yet to be announced. Global Voices has spoken to Tinu Cherian, an active Wikipedian, about Wikipedia in India.
Anshul Tewari at Youth Ki Awaaz highlights some examples which shows that innocents are being killed at will by Indian Border Security Force. The blogger opines that the Ministry of Home Affairs should intervene.
The Prime Minister Of India Manmohan Singh has commented on the Indian media “the role of the media in many cases has become that of the accuser, the prosecutor and the judge”. Sans Serif asks “is he barking up the wrong tree by shooting the messenger?”
Anupam Saxena at Media Nama informs that Aadhar, the Unique ID Authority of India will keep API calls to its databases free and it can be used to verify online user accounts like Twitter and Facebook accounts among other things.
Harini Calamur at POV provides us the opportunity to see glimpses of Mumbai city in monochrome.
JayBlogs posts a hilarious take on what actually happens at Indo-Pak talks.
Debolina Raja Gupta shares her experience of creating a Facebook group called Feed A Kid Every Saturday which encourages citizens of Mumbai to feed poor and hungry children.
Slut Walk, a fresh feminist movement that originated from Toronto Canada, and had been taking rounds of various western cities, is now coming to New Delhi, the Indian capital. Amidst criticism of the use of the word slut, which is uncommon in India, the event organizers attempted to contextualize the movement by renaming it 'Slut Walk Delhi Besharmi Morcha'.
Nitin Pai at The Acorn explains why India needs a policy on overseas military deployments and maritime security.
Atanu Dey thinks that democracy is failing in India and things must change. The blogger comments: “the change has to come from a section of the population that has the capacity to appreciate the need for change and the ability to organize themselves into a voting block”.
Why there is so much rain in the Indian state of Kerala? Maddy describes a legend behind it.
Srishti Chauhan asks “why is India stepping on the nuclear bandwagon?”
Devika Mittal at Youth Ki Awaaz argues that the kids reality shows in Indian TV are exposing children to high-level competition by selling their childhood, talent and working hard at an early age.
Sans Serif reports that in India there have been 17 instances of attacks on journalist in the last six months and at least three journos died.
In May, the second India and Africa Summit was held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through the Cooperation Plan, India offers a different partnership model from the Chinese one, and inspired comments in the French-speaking African blogosphere.
This afternoon, veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at point-blank range at Powai, Mumbai. Indian netizens react.
‘The Slut Walk’ comes to Delhi, after Toronto and numerous other places and Chandni shares her thoughts why this protest is important for women in India, especially Delhi.
In India, anti-corruption activism has gained momentum but mostly without direction. Amreekandesi wonders who can be an ideal Anti-Corruption crusader in India.
Raja Basu at Potpourri comments on the revolutionary decision of Mamata Banerjee-led TMC-Congress government of West Bengal to add six more official languages: “There are some loopholes in the government’s logic, which I cannot ignore.”