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Cricket World Cup: An Unlikely Vote for the Men in Green

Ramachandra Guha at Asia Society New York on March 25, 2011.

Pakistan's World Cup cricket team drew support from an unexpected source here at the Asia Society last Friday, when eminent Indian historian Ramachandra Guha explained to Christopher Lydon why he's rooting for Pakistan in the March 30 World Cup semifinal.

In the following clip, Guha genially explains to Lydon, "I am not a jingoist .... I want Pakistan to win for two reasons. One is a negative reason and one is a positive reason."

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Despite Japan, Despite WikiLeaks, India's Nuclear Program on Track

Asia Society Associate Fellow Mira Kamdar.

In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and spokesmen for its nuclear industries rushed to reassure the country's citizens that its nuclear industry was safe. No other country in the world has as much national pride wrapped up in nuclear power than India. Of necessity, India painstakingly built up its nuclear capability, civilian and military, largely on its own. The ambition of India to achieve total energy self-reliance for a rapidly industrializing economy via thorium-fuelled reactors seems on the verge of being realized.

Rising Food Prices: Eight Months and Counting…

East Timorese residents of Dili haul bags of rice as they loot empty homes during political turmoil in Dili, East Timor, in 2006. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Business Global food prices have risen to their highest levels ever recorded since the UN Food and Agriculture Organization began its price index more than 20 years ago. So how has Asia been impacted by these price increases?

Aussie PM Gillard Wows Washington with Football, Tears, History

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses the US Congress in Washington on Mar. 9, 2011. Seated behind Gillard are US Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) (R), and President Pro Tempore, and Speaker of the House John Boehner. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Nothing much new was expected to come from the first visit to Washington, DC by Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. And nothing new really did.

For the 21st Century: More Female Voices at the Table

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai

On March 8, 2011 over 100 countries celebrated International Women's Day, and throughout March, hundreds of events will not only mark the accomplishments of women but also raise awareness about women’s rights issues.

While celebrating and reflecting, Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says we must also "remind ourselves of the dramatically changed context of the world in the early decades of the 21st century and its implications for women."

Mothers of A Hundred Sons: India's Dying Daughters

In Varanasi, India, Hinduism's holiest city, a widow begs on the streets in a white sari. According to tradition she must remain here until her death. (Shreeya Sinha)

Note: The following story was published on MediaStorm by Asia Society Producer Shreeya Sinha, who reported, shot video, and field-produced 'Undesired' by photographer Walter Astrada, winner of the 68th Pictures of the Year International for Multimedia Issue Reporting. 

India's Women: Equal Partners... Sometimes

An Indian woman carries firewood on her head as she walks past an advertisement billboard in Siliguri on March 7, 2011 on the eve of International Women's Day. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle parity in the workplace has become India's issue of the moment.

The 2011-12 Indian Budget: Hit or Miss?


MUMBAI, March 4, 2011 - The Indian national budget was released two weeks ago, eliciting both praise and criticism. On the heels of massive scams within government departments (the 2G spectrum scam estimated at 1.7 trillion rupees, and the Commonwealth Games scam estimated at 80 billion rupees) and inflation woes, the government was keen to deliver a balanced and forward-looking budget.

Indians Worldwide Fondly Remember 'Uncle Pai'

Amar Chitra Katha's adaptation of the <em>Bhagavad Gita</em> is one of its perennial best-sellers.

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MUMBAI, February 28, 2011 - Anant Pai, creator of India's hugely popular Amar Chitra Katha comics, passed away here on February 24, at the age of 81.

Egypt's Revolt, Part II: A Role Model in India?


In light of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and Egypt, pundits across India are questioning whether similar protests can happen in India, where statistics of growth rate, inflation, and unemployment bear similarities.