Becoming a Devadasi

first_imgThe ancient devadasi system, where young girls are dedicated in local temples and their virginity is auctioned off, was made illegal in Karnataka in 1982 but still continues in some parts of the southern state. Related Itemslast_img

Youthful to a T

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Biggest Hurdle in India is Creation of Jobs: Rahul Gandhi at Princeton

first_imgCreation of jobs is one of the biggest hurdles that India faces, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said to a small gathering of students at Princeton University in New Jersey on Sept. 20, adding that the Congress-led government failed to do much about the issue.He, however, added that the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led government is also failing to address the concern. “They were angry with us because we could not deliver on our promises, and they will get angry again,” he was quoted as saying. “The Congress party was unable to provide them job and now Modi is failing to provide them jobs.”Gandhi also noted that there was a lot of “synergy’ between India and the United States. “Historically, India has maintained balance (in relationship). So India has had a relationship with China and has had a relationship with Russia,” he said. “It has had a relationship with the US and both the countries. To me the strategic relationship with the United States is important.”He also talked about how the world will be fundamentally reshaped by performance of India and China, saying the two huge countries are transforming from being agricultural nations to urban modern model countries.LIVE: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi in conversation at @Princeton, Sept 20, 2017— Congress (@INCIndia) September 19, 2017Gandhi also came down on the BJP government’s Make in India initiative, saying that while he believed it is a good idea, its targeting is not quite right. The Member of Parliament from Amethi also criticized the government for not spending enough on education and healthcare.The interaction at Princeton University was unlike the discussion he had at Berkley last week, where he spoke of dynasty politics in India, the current government’s economic policy and the politics of polarization. His address at Berkeley drew a lot of ire from BJP leaders and on social media. While Union Minister Smriti Irani called him a “failed dynast”, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju tweeted that Gandhi was tarnishing India’s image abroad after his party plundered the nation.The BJP can’t claim Rahul is irrelevant if they feel the need to field senior Cabinet Ministers to counter what he said in Berkeley.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) September 12, 2017Gandhi is on his two-week tour in the United States. Next on his itinerary is an outreach program at New York’s Times Square where he will interact with NRIs. In Washington, he will address a gathering of members of the Center for American Progress. He is also set to talk to business leaders at a program organized by the US-India Business Council about the current global economic situations, technological issues, and their impact on India. Related ItemsKiren RijijuLittle IndiaNRIs in USRahul Gandhi at BerkeleyRahul Gandhi at PrincetonRahul Gandhi in USSmriti Irani Rahul Gandhilast_img read more

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to Meet Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman in India

first_imgUnited States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will conduct talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during his visit to the country next week.This is the first time that a Cabinet-level visit under US President Donald Trump’s administration is being made to India.“Mattis will emphasize that the United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia,” a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defence said. “The secretary will also express US’ appreciation for India’s important contributions toward Afghanistan’s democracy, stability, prosperity, and security.”During his visit from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, Mattis will also participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at India Gate. The visit comes a few days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’ s bilateral meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meet. Tillerson and Swaraj discussed various issues associated with Pakistan, Afghanistan and global terrorism.“One major factor that contributes to the India-U.S. global partnership is the challenges that the world faces,” Navtej Sarna, the Indian Ambassador to the United States said, Outlook India reported. “Today, India and U.S. stand together on many world issues. India and U.S. have alignment, strong convergence on countering terrorism, maritime. There is a challenge to keep your waters free for legitimate navigation, trade, and energy transport and again, India has a convergence of connectivity, various theatres particularly like Afghanistan.”The bilateral talks between Swaraj and Tillerson and the upcoming visit of Mattis follow the announcement of two-plus-two strategic and defense dialogue between the two countries at the White House in June after the India-US summit between Modi and Trump. Related ItemsDonald Trump IndiaJim Mattis IndiaLittle IndiaNarendra Modi USNirmala SitharamanRex Tillerson Sushma SwarajSushma Swaraj UNGAUS India tieslast_img read more

Trump Praises India Amid Talks of Indo-Pacific Partnership

first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump praised India at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam on Nov. 10, saying the country has achieved outstanding growth since it opened its economy.Ahead of his Asia trip, Trump used the phrase “Indo-Pacific” multiple times, indicating his pro-India leaning. On Nov. 6, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented Trump a plan for a “free and open Indo-Pacific strategic partnership.” The move is being seen as an effort to bolster relations between Japan, United States, Australia and India, and a bid to counter the growing economic and military influence of China in Asia. “Maintenance and enhancement of maritime order that is free and open is critically important for peace and prosperity of this region,” Abe observed at a joint press conference with Trump.China, which is optimistic that the Indo-Pacific quadrilateral initiative will not be a damper on its economic and military progress, has been seen as an aggressor by India, when it made inroads into Balochistan, South Korea, Japan and other Asian nations. Abe’s strategy is believed to aimed at keeping China in check over its growing influence in the region with the One Belt One Road initiative. China had also asked India to come on board but India refused the offer.Speaking about India during APEC summit, Trump said: “Since India opened its economy it has achieved outstanding growth and a new world of opportunity for its expanding middle class. And Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has been working to bring that vast country and all of its people together as one and he is working at it very, very successfully indeed.”Trump directly alluded to the Indo-Pacific strategy when he said, “But for this…Indo-Pacific dream…to be realized, we must ensure that all play by the rules, which they do not right now. Those who do will be our closest economic partners, those who do not can be certain that the U.S. will no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating or economic aggression.”India is not a member of APEC, which includes China among its 21 members, and United States is seen as being in favor of membership for the country.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the India-Asean and East Asia Summits in Philippines on Nov. 14. Trump is also going to attend the East Asia Summit. Related ItemsAPEC Trump Indiaasia pacific economic cooperationIndia US Chinaindo pacific partnershipIndo-Pacific quadrilateral initiativeone belt one roadTrump ModiUS India relationsUS Indo-Pacific strategylast_img read more