National Interest, Wal-Mart, Internet, Barcamp, Bangalore and Bollywood are some of the topics we look in this week's round-up about all things Indian.
There is a new group blog called Signal. The focus of this blog is on India's national interest.
President Musharaff of Pakistan offered a new proposal to resolve the Kashmir issue. Naveen Bharat has an analysis on this issue from Stratfor. Here is an interesting snippet from Stratfor's analysis:
Musharraf knows his latest offer will not resonate with India. In reality, he has no concrete proposal — he is just using backchannels and the media to float ideas.
Wal-Mart, the retail giant from Bentonville will finally set up shop in India through a joint venture with India's largest mobile provider: Bharti Telecom's parent company Bharti Enterprise. Wal-Mart's India plans has led to a lot of debate about the pros and cons of having the world's largest retail store doing business in India. Niti Bhan writes that the Indian media has been having a field day with the entry of Wal-mart into India.
Harish Palaniappan has the latest on how the Indian government plans to block URLs that are a security threat etc. Harish describes the latest Government solution to block the URLs at the International gateways and the pros and cons of such a move.
Barcamp Bangalore held its second session in Bangalore this past weekend. I briefly attended the camp and found that this Barcamp was a little low-keyed. SIdhi has a nice round-up of Barcamp Bangalore-II. Shyam also has a round-up of Barcamp.
Bangalore is all set to become India's first city with complete wireless access. Murali of Thought Garage has a write-up on that and why folks in Silicon Valley were spurred into action by Bangalore's Unwired project.
Portland Curry writes that Vogue, the fashion magazine plans to start an India edition.
Shekar Kapur is a well-know film director who also blogs. He writes that he finally managed to get tickets to the latest Bollywood film Dhoom-2. Here is an interesting suggestion that he makes: change the name from Bollywood to Bodywood. Sami has a review of Dhoom-2. The film has created a bit of controversy because of a kissing scene. Sakshi Juneja has a write-up on that and shares her views on this much discussed scene.
There is this hilarious video clip that has been making the rounds on the Internet called the 12 Days of Christmas via YouTube. This one comes with a difference: an Indian accent and content. Go watch it and you will come away with a big smile.