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Coldplay and Beyoncé's video for 'Hymn for the Weekend' Is Not Cultural Appropriation but Cultural Appreciation

Shehnaz Khan | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Shehnaz Khan

A startling pattern I noticed was that the majority of critiques disseminating across the net were from those who were NOT Indian, yet who felt the need to speak on behalf of a culture which was not theirs.

Eternal Varanasi: The Grand Theatre of Continuity in Change

Shumon Sengupta | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Shumon Sengupta

In my previous two posts on Varanasi, I had written on the iconic riverfront of the Ganges and the spectacular twilight ritual of lights - the 'Aarat'...

Pre-Conceived Ideas - We All Have Them

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

I was visiting the Cuttack Leprosy Hospital and Home, a government facility that Lepra supports to provide high quality reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation for people living with disabilities as a result of leprosy.

Technology Saving Millions of Lives

Priyanka Dutt | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Tech
Priyanka Dutt

So we looked at appropriate technology and found, encouragingly, that virtually all CHWs either owned or had access to a mobile phone. But we also found that only 9% of them had ever sent a text message. So while they have phones, they use them for making and receiving phone calls - nothing else.

A New Lease of Life for Acid Attack Survivors in India

Lucy Wilson | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

When Anshu was 16, she had acid thrown in her face. Kapil Sharma, 55, was a fellow villager from Bijnor, in India's Uttar Pradesh state when he att...

Former Porn Star Refuses To Give Journalist The Interview He Wants

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK

A former porn star has been praised for remaining calm while an Indian journalist pushed her to say she regretted her past, in TV interview which labe...

Why I'm Hopeful for India's Future

Kartik Sawhney | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kartik Sawhney

I am very hopeful about the future of India, and envision it to be a perfect amalgamation of technological innovation and our traditional values, such as compassion, generosity, respect and pride in our heritage.

The Ancient Riverfront of Varanasi

Shumon Sengupta | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Shumon Sengupta

"Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together", wrote Mark T...

@London Instagram Explores Rajasthan in India - Part 1 - Jaipur

Dave Burt | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Burt

As 2015 ends, and 2016 begins, I write off the back of the two most exciting years of my life. For those of you that aren't familiar with me, my story...

Rat On A Plane Grounds Flight Over Fears It Would 'Chew Through Wires'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK

An Air India plane flying to London was forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat on board. Though the rat was not found, the pilot...

In Praise Of My Passport

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Bhanu Bhatnagar

I ended up studying in the UK, paying the same as someone born and raised there. Yet before I set foot in London to study I had absolutely no connection to the UK. So what makes me, a Swedish citizen of Indian descent, any less of an 'overseas' student than an Indian citizen? Answer: my passport.

Australian Newspaper Prints 'Racist' Cartoon Response To Climate Change Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK

A cartoon published in an Australian national newspaper showing Indian beggars chopping up solar panels in an attempt to eat them has been lambasted f...

Valentine's Day in Rajasthan

Nigel Planer | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Planer

It is Valentine's day, and for the first time ever, an enormous multi-faith, multiple wedding has been arranged in Mt Abu, Rajasthan. It takes place in a big bowl of dust which is still called 'The Polo Ground', but which probably hasn't seen any polo played since the days of the Raj, when this pretty hill retreat was the holiday resort and sanatorium for British civil service officers and their families.

Ganesh the God of Travel

Nigel Planer | Posted 13.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Planer

When I was twenty I dropped out of college and travelled alone, overland to India. I didn't tell my parents where I was until, some months after my disappearance, I sent them - from Mt Abu in Rajasthan - one of those thin blue airmail paper letters. It was 1973 and back then it was possible to travel through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan - the old hippy trail - not so much the Silk Road as the cheesecloth road.

Tackling India's Sanitation Crisis

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*An urban planner by learning and alumnus of Cambridge University, MS Raghavendra [2002 - PhD in Architecture] teaches at Administrative Staff Colle...

#HerVoice Panel Lead Debate on Gender-Based Violence

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Earlier this month, Snehalaya UK joined forces with British journalist and campaigner Jenn Selby to launch #HerVoice: an initiative which aims to ab...

Could the UK Ever Have a British Indian Prime Minister?

Varun Bhanot | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Varun Bhanot

British Indians have never felt more established than at this moment, and it is a great celebration of our vibrant democracy that should one aspire to the highest office in the land, the broader society would be in full support. What was an impossible pipe-dream to the displaced migrants in the 1960s, could perhaps be a near-distant reality.

Nepalese Community Protests Border Blockade

Shelby Welinder | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Shelby Welinder

The Nepalese community in England united last week in protest of the unofficial, yet ongoing, blockade between Nepal and India. The demonstration coincided with a visit from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK.

Maid Reveals Moment Her Arm Was 'Chopped Off By Saudi Boss'

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK

An Indian maid who says her arm was completely severed by her Saudi employer has spoken of the moment she woke to find she was permanently disabled. ...

New Campaign Seeks to Give India Back #HerVoice

Tristen Lee | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

This week, saw the launch of the #HerVoice campaign; an initiative led by British journalist and campaigner, Jenn Selby, which aims to raise awareness of the atrocities perpetrated every day, against women and young girls in India.

Modi's Capital Ambition

Gregor Irwin | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Gregor Irwin

Narendra Modi is coming to the UK for the first time as Indian Prime Minister, just two weeks after President Xi Jinping of China's state visit. He wi...

India Is Suing The Queen For 'Stealing' Its £100m Diamond

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

One of the world's largest and most famous diamonds, which is currently part of Britain's crown jewels, is at the centre of a row after a group of bus...

India - The First 'Wi-Fi First' Country in the World

Nigel Eastwood | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Tech
Nigel Eastwood

A few weeks ago, Google surprised tech-watchers by announcing a major initiative to put Wi-Fi in 400 Indian train stations within four months and will...

Police Apologise For Being 'Deeply Disrespectful' To Sikhs During Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 31.10.2015 | UK

The Metropolitan Police have apologised for disrespecting Sikhs - including grabbing and breaking a sacred flag - during a recent protest in London. ...

Solo Travel: Things I Know Now

Katy Gough | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Gough

I now know that style goes out of the window when on the road. You can forget your matching outfits, pretty hair accessories and *gasp* even makeup; when you travel comfort is king. That and finding confidence in leaving your room with unwashed hair, unshaved legs, a wet wipe shower and a spritz of eau de mozzie spray knowing that no one will judge you.