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· August, 2014

Stories about India from August, 2014

31 August 2014

Indian Security Forces Open Fire on Peaceful Protestors in ‪‎‪‎Manipur

The Nagas in Ukhrul are protesting the ban on rallies and the militarisation of their home, which defies decade-long ceasefire between Naga separatists and the Indian Government.

A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them

Bhutanese entrepreneur Dawa Drakpa cleans and recycles old footwear and distributes them to those who can't afford a decent pair. Nearly 1 percent of the country's population have received shoes.

30 August 2014

Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has launched the “MyGov” website, which invites Indian citizens to participate actively in the country's governance and development.

26 August 2014

India’s LGBT Community Dares to Hope After Health Minister’s Comment on Gay Rights

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that everybody has human rights and it is the job of the government to protect them.

23 August 2014

A “Liter of Light” to Brighten the Poorest Homes

After downing a bottle of water, most people are probably inclined to toss it. Those people, however, don't realize that they're throwing away an ingenious means of lighting a home.

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

22 August 2014

Indian Broadcaster NDTV's Report on Gaza Rocket Launch Becomes Fodder for Propaganda

NDTV journalists caught militants assembling a rocket in Gaza on camera, but the story has been "distorted by the twin forces of internet virality and the Israel-Palestinian spin machine."

21 August 2014

Watch How Conversations Between Strangers Help Bridge the Divide Between Indians and Pakistanis

The bad blood between India and Pakistan dates back to 1947, and the two countries' relationship remains strained today.

13 August 2014

Ancient Epic ‘Mahabharat’ Comes to Life on Indian TV and Social Media

The world's longest epic has made it to TV. But as befits this day and age, social media is a major aspect of its marketing strategy.

12 August 2014

Killers Roam Free After Brutally Murdering a Defender of India’s Untouchables

"Burn him! Erase all his traces" - shouted the killers of Sanjay Khobragade, a Dalit rights activist from Maharashtra, India. Sanjay is one of many Dalits who face such cruelty.

9 August 2014

Religion and Spirituality Get Tech Savvy in India

Indian tech entrepreneurs and start-ups have taken on ventures trying to tap on Indians' passion on religion and spirituality. This raises issues like whether marketing “God’s” products are ethical.

6 August 2014

A Terrifying Experience at A Mumbai Train Station

Students in India Have Developed a “SmartCane” for the Blind

"It feels great to be able to move around alone," says one happy customer. A new low-cost device, the SmartCane, overcomes the limitations of the traditional cane by using SONAR.