Achal Mehra

Lone Gray Wolf: Black & White’s Last Stand

The scene is a sidewalk just beyond the rather overdone Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, and the camera in question is less instrument, more living fossil — built by the Carl Zeiss company in 1860, it is nearly three times as old as independent India.

Right Side of History

Economic forces and Pres. Obama’s legendary timidity in the first half of his presidency could yet doom the Democratic Party’s presidential and Congressional aspirations during this election cycle.

India’s Gutless Media

That a deep pocketed media house like the India Today Group folded its tent without resistance in the face of Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s legal threats, while an obscure activist with a checkered free speech history dared to resist, is a permanent blot on a storied media house, for which it owes its readers and the public an apology and an explanation.

Free Speech’s Unlikely Champion

Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the accidental champion of freedom of speech, has a history of suppressing the speech, sometimes violently, of people with whom he disagrees.

Delhi Court Bars Politician's Sex Video

A Delhi High Court judge has barred the broadcast of a sex video featuring a senior Congress Party spokesman in a compromising position and several media houses have pledged not to telecast it.

On Unsteady Ground

The judicial system is frequently irrational, unfair and even cruel.

Diverse State of Little Indias

Indians in Florida are three times as likely to be divorced or separated than those in Pennsylvania, North Carolina or New Jersey. Indians are five times as likely to be widowed in Maryland as in Missouri.

Let Them Eat Cake

The extraordinary arrogance of Indian elites in dissing foreign aid for its poorest citizens and their chest thumping over India’s meteoric economic rise glosses over some glaringly painful realities.

Norway's Nanny State

Statistics Norway data show that an incredible 3 percent of children under 18 in the country were in the protective custody of its child welfare agency Barnvernet in 2010.

Queens of the Ganges

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Hindus in Queens. On Fridays and Sundays scores of Hindu devotees descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, as well as Ferry Point Park and Rockaways, from dawn to dusk to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

Protecting Sonia From India

The Indian public is under threat from satirical images of Sonia Gandhi? Really?

Sterilize the Rich

Local elites in many developing societies shared the Western sensibilities and often took draconian measures to limit population growth.

Saving Capitalism from Capitalists

We may be headed for a fairly long economic downturn, Far from improving, Western economies could slide into a double dip recession. We could be sitting on a powder keg, which will explode.

Flying Sandals and Bollywood Bombs

The sensational media reports based on U.S. diplomatic cables exposed by Wikileaks have glossed over the gross ineptitude and incompetence that they also expose of the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

$10 Million Bail for Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta is accused of giving Galleon's Raj Rajaratnam insider information on Proctor & Gamble and Goldman Sachs in 2008 and 2009 in civil and criminal complaints unsealed today.

$20,000 a Day Out-of-Jail Card

Every $20,000 in charitable giving may have saved Galleon Founder Raj Rajaratnam one day in jail.

Raj Rajaratnam Sentenced to 11 Years

Galleon Fund's Raj Rajaratnam is sentenced to 11 years in prison, fined $10 million and ordered to forfeit almost $54 million.

The Essential Jagjit

A selection of favorite Jagjit Singh ghazals, bhajans and songs.

The Essential Jagjit

A selection of favorite Jagjit Singh ghazals, bhajans and songs.

The Lost Indian Art Of Desire

Is Indian sexual vitality losing out to Western concepts?

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