Government officials have accused a privately-owned hospital in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, of abandoning its patients after a blaze ripped through the hospital early Friday morning, killing 89 people.
Amit Madhesiya explores the 60-year-old tradition of itinerant cinema in rural India. Often accompanying religious festivals, the traveling cinema showcases a mix of regional and Bollywood films and sometimes dubbed Hollywood movies. (luccadigitalphotofest /Flickr)
Authors Arundhati Roy and PankajMishra appeared at Asia Society in New York to discuss their new book Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Roy stated: "The word has gotten out … many more Indians are now aware and uncomfortable about participating in this occupation." But has the word truly "gotten out"? And do all sides view this as an "occupation"?
Discussing the background for his new book, the acclaimed historical novelist comments, "In general, the reality of the opium trade, the part it played in forming modern capitalism and the modern world, is just obscure and occluded."
That's the question we posed to participants in Asia Society's upcoming Asian Arts and Ideas Forum — called The Chindia Dialogues — which kicks off this Thursday and runs through Sunday at Asia Society New York. Click the headline to see their answers.
Ahead of his November 3 Asia Society appearance, historian Jonathan Spence talks to Asia Blog about the historical nature of the Sino-Indian relationship and how the two countries may interact in the future.
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