Um, Guys That's Not Nelson Mandela

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK

Big ‘doh!’ moment for all concerned: This poster memorial intended to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela contains a fatal flaw. Yup, up th...

Remembering Nirbhaya: Rape Is Every Country's Shame

Meera Syal | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Meera Syal

Rape is every country's shame. Violence against women and girls is a truly international disease. Around the world, one woman in three will experience rape or some form of violence in her lifetime. This keeps hundreds of millions of women and girls trapped in poverty, which is why I'm speaking out alongside ActionAid and other organisations who are working tirelessly to provide long-term support programmes for survivors and campaigns to put a stop to violence for good. The fact that women globally came together to mourn Nirbhaya tells us it is all our shame, and all our anger shouts the same message, enough is enough.

Delhi Rape: One Year On, What Has Changed for Women in India?

Priya Shah | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

Not much has changed for women in India. While the international arena can help, ultimately change has to come from within the country. Merely a change in law is not enough; a change in attitudes is also necessary to transform Indian society and make it a better place for women.

Make Cities Safer for Girls

Angela Singh | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Singh

One year ago, a young woman was repeatedly gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, India. The student, who had hopes of becoming a doctor, died two weeks later.

India's Reinstatement of the Anti Gay Act Is Hideous, But Amazing Things Have Come Out of It

Poorna Bell | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

If the nation's leading papers can unite behind gay rights (something we take for granted here in Britain) when the previous approach to mainstream journalism and taboo topics has been to pretend something doesn't exist, then surely that is a triumph.

Theatre Review: Drawing the Line, Hampstead Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Drawing the Line certainly ticks all the boxes in content and characters but at times in the first half this did feel like a dramatized documentary rather than a theatrical piece. I found it fascinating though but then I like historical fiction.

'It Is A Black Day': Indian Supreme Court Rules Gay Sex Is Illegal

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Indian Government Requests Review Of Gay Sex Ban India’s Supreme Court has ruled gay sex as a criminal offence, making it punishable with...

One Year on, Indian Women Continue to Be Blamed and Shamed for Being Raped

Joanna Jolly | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK
Joanna Jolly

This past year has seen positive changes in India, but many rape victims continue to be both blamed and shamed. While the public outcry has made it easier to report rape, there is still some way to go before all victims receive the justice they deserve.

Mars is a 'Red' Herring: Why India's Space Programme Is a Global Role Model

Abhaey Singh | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Tech
Abhaey Singh

Because India's most sophisticated Diwali rocket is perceived to be an exercise in technological and geopolitical showboating, Mangalyaan-1's headline-grabbing exploits obscure an objective appreciation of what is unquestionably one of the world's greatest single contributors to human development: ISRO, and the Indian space programme.

India's First All-Women's Bank: Emancipation or Emaciation of Equality?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

In a country where crimes against women are witnessing a sharp rise, here's a ray of hope. Or, is it? Sociologists and social psychologists could argue otherwise, saying creating 'exclusive' spaces for women can actually ruin their prospects of achieving social equality

Not All Cricketers or Cricket Tours Are the Same...

Katie Alcott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Katie Alcott

Nick's reputation precedes him and every village brought demands for autographs and games of cricket. Over the four days we played numerous spontaneous games in the dusty lanes, on scrubs of land or taking over local school playgrounds, surrounded on every side by excited children, lining up to take their turn to bowl at the master batsman.

Sikhs Should Honour Joginder Singh's Memory by Fighting Islamophobia

Faisal Hanif | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Faisal Hanif

The news that an elder from the community has passed away is apart from the deep immediate sorrow an event that causes many to look on the future with some trepidation. Death in this context is so much more than just the passing of an individual. It represents the severing of a link to times and sacrifices that are all too distant for many second, generation immigrants.

Baby Elephants Among Those Killed As Train Slams Into Herd

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO Two calves are among seven elephants killed after a horrific train collision on an Indian reserve. The crash, described a...

'If You Can't Prevent Rape You Enjoy It'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

India's top police official has caused outrage for uttering the statement: "If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it." Central Bureau of Investigat...

Five Bathrooms You'll Visit on Your Travels

Alec Bertram | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alec Bertram

Travelling the world is a priceless and eye-opening experience that everyone should do. It's mainly fun experiencing new cultures and learning new ways of doing things, however visiting the bathroom can be a confusing and awkward experience.

Indian Man Facing Death Penalty in the UAE Says He Was Tortured Into Confessing

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Rori Donaghy

A 56-year-old Indian man is facing the death penalty in Abu Dhabi for a crime he says he did not commit. Abandoned by his Embassy and former colleagues, Ezhur Gangadharan is in a desperate place. On 11 November he will appeal his conviction and his only hope is that support from the international community will pressure authorities into reviewing his case.

China: An Economic Miracle Generously Seasoned with Aggression

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

With about 1.4 billion mouths to feed, and the number growing every day, Chinese aggression can well be looked on humanitarian grounds too. But then, that would take an entirely different mindset that's removed from black and white approach. When it comes to China, grey seems to be the theme color. And the color grey comes in, probably, a million shades here.

Indian Teenager Forced to Drink Acid by Jilted Boyfriend - Report

Nita Bhalla | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nita Bhalla

An 18-year-old Indian girl has been admitted to hospital after her jilted boyfriend poured acid down her throat and pushed her into the sea in the coastal city of Mumbai.

Not Many Dead - But Millions Are In Need

Colin Kemp | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Colin Kemp

Cyclone Phailin was the biggest storm to hit India in 14 years. It affected 14 million people and left more than one million homeless, causing destruc...

Human Trafficking: the First Gender-Equal Industry

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

The human trafficking industry - already the most profitable international criminal enterprise after the drugs and arms trades - is posting higher profits than ever. In 2005, UN estimated that it was a $32billion per year industry, based on International Labor Organization estimates that 20.9 million people suffered from forced slavery.

Last Night a Headstand Saved My Life - From the Slipmat to the Yoga Mat

Matt D Ryan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt D Ryan

While my journey from Haçienda DJ to Matt the Yoga Teacher may be unusual, the need that started it all off - wanting to feel normal - is something every man and woman on the street can identify with and it is Yoga that provides an ideal prescription for this.

1984 Sikhs' Kristallnacht

Kirat Raj Singh | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kirat Raj Singh

It was between the 31st October and 3rd November in 1984, that Sikhs in Delhi and other various parts of India were systematically targeted and massacred on a large scale. According to the even most conservative estimates, 8,000 Sikhs were killed over the four-day period, out of which 3,000 were in the capital city alone.

Volunteer Stories: India NGO Journalism Internship

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Coming to India? Bring your moustache. Yep, the 'mo' is a rite of passage here, with the mo'less representing a clear minority. The moustache brigade is waiting for me everywhere I turn. If you've ever felt the need to stretch your furry whisker potential, now is the time.

Anoushka Shankar: A Sitarist Helping Us Experience the Navarasa

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Anoushka learned from her father, Ravi, but as a teacher could not impart all that he knew. 'What I was privy to, being around him, is that he considered himself a student,' she tells me. 'He was aware of the infinite nature of growth as an artist. But I don't know where I am in the scheme of that."

Dark Is Beautiful Challenges India's Ugly Obsession With Lighter Skin

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK

A campaign challenging prejudices against skin colour in India is gathering pace. Dark is Beautiful seeks to redress the hierarchy of skin tone in...