India

7:35am

Thu February 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Deadly Explosions Reported In Major Indian City

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 8:55 am

The scene of a blast in Hyderabad, India on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
AP

Update at 10:55 AM, ET: India's home minister confirms 11 deaths from the bombing, a lower number than previously reported, but he warns the toll may rise, according to the Times of India.

Update at 10:30 AM, ET: Media outlets now report there was a third explosion, and the series of blasts appeared to be timed, according to NDTV.

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8:08am

Thu February 14, 2013
Opinion

An Affair To Remember In Pre-Independence India

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 1:05 am

Sandip Roy and his great-aunt, Debika Ghosh, took this picture after she told him about her great romantic escapade.
Courtesy Sandip Roy

For Valentine's Day, Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy shares a family love story from 70 years ago.

I always knew that my mother's aunt Debika was the most beautiful of all the great-aunts. I didn't know that when she was young, she jumped off a moving train for love.

She is now 90. Bent with age, she shuffles with a walker. But she's still radiant, her hair perfectly dyed.

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4:59pm

Tue February 12, 2013
Asia

Seeking A Glimpse Of Immortality In The Waters Of India's Holy Rivers

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 11:19 am

A Hindu devotee prays after a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of three holy rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati --” during the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, on Sunday.
Rajesh Kumar Singh AP

The Hindu gathering known as Kumbh Mela is on a scale difficult to fathom: The world's largest religious festival is millions of feet shuffling, millions of mantras chanted, countless sales of firewood to ward off the night cold. Millions of incense sticks will be burned and bells rung in devotional rituals called aartis.

Jet-setting swamis, naked holy men and foreigners fascinated by Eastern mysticism joined tens of millions of pilgrims for a dip in river waters believed to be holy.

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6:47am

Fri February 8, 2013
Asia

Outside The Big City, A Harrowing Sexual Assault In Rural India

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 6:58 pm

Roopa, the pseudonym for a gang rape victim in rural India, is shown at her home in the state of Haryana. Police were reluctant to investigate initially and the community has ostracized her. But her family has stood by her as she presses the case.
Julie M. McCarthy NPR

It began as an innocent Sunday outing to see the movie The Life of Pi. By the time the night was over, it had become a grisly gang rape that shocked the world.

Five men went on trial this week, charged with the rape and killing of a 23-year-old woman who died of the injuries she suffered when she was attacked on a bus as it moved through the streets of Delhi — an assault that ignited public outrage over the violence against women in the Indian capital.

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2:54pm

Thu January 24, 2013
The Two-Way

American Sentenced To 35 Years For Role In Mumbai Attack

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 3:08 pm

David Coleman Headley, whose scouting missions were central to the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, was sentenced to 35 years in prison today.

According to the AP, one American woman injured during the attacks that killed 160 people testified that because of Coleman, she knew the "sound of life leaving a 13-year-old child."

"I don't have any faith in Mr. Headley when he says he's a changed person and believes in the American way of life," US District Judge Harry Leinenweber said before handing down the sentence.

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