THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - A group of tech-savvy Indian students studying in New York are hoping to reinvent Indian election coverage for the digital age with TheFiveFortyFive.com, a website that launched earlier this week. The site (named for the number of seats available in India’s lower house of Parliament) bills itself as a “single-subject” platform with a focus on the upcoming national general elections. Stripped of politico-speak and overheated diatribes...continue to the full article here.
VOGUE INDIA - Forty-nine-year-old Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California, is the first woman to be elected as her state's top law enforcement officer. In a recent face-off, Harris, who battles financial institutions guilty of mortgage fraud, recovered and estimated 20 billion dollars for jilted home-owners. "I would cast Kamala in a movie about Kamala," says Hollywood producer-director JJ Abrams, floored by Harris' glamorous looks...continue to the full article here.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - As his visit to the U.S. drew to a close last week, Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh refused to be drawn into revealing a prime ministerial candidate, instead daring the ruling Congress party to do so first. In an address at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, Mr. Singh said the BJP had consensus and unity and then listed various potential contenders for the Congress party, including...continue to the full article here.
THE NEW YORK TIMES - Gujarat’s controversial chief minister, Narendra Modi, unfurled his definition of secularism, addressing hundreds of Indian-Americans in New Jersey and Chicago through a live telecast from Ahmedabad on Sunday. “India first,” he bellowed in English, during a speech that he was delivering in Hindi. "We must never let India, her honor, or the dreams of the people be adversely affected – our country is above all religions,”...continue to the full article here.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - When Nepalese filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar was en route to the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month, he found himself stuck in New York. This reminded him of the movie he was heading there to screen: his debut feature “Highway.” While the nine main characters in “Highway” are stranded on an ill-fated bus to Kathmandu, stymied by an illegal road blockade, Mr. Rauniyar was the victim...continue to the full article here.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf may have disappointed the world’s media – and his remaining supporters – by postponing his widely-flagged return to his native country. But he can still draw a respectable crowd in the West, as witnessed by his Feb. 9 appearance before 750 people at Drew University in New Jersey. The 68-year-old former military ruler has lived in self-imposed exile, shuttling between...continue to the full article here.