Viewpoint: The Indian state to become a global leader in clean energy

Image copyrightAlamyImage caption Tamil Nadu is expected to double its capacity to generate wind power India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu is poised to become a global leader in wind power, according to a new report. But first the state must overcome its addiction to coal, writes Nityanand Jayaraman. The report – by the US-based Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis – predicts that by 2027, more than half

India's budget sells dreams for votes

Image copyrightAFP/Getty ImagesImage caption Mr Jaitley presented the annual budget on Thursday at the Indian parliament India’s annual budget – which was unveiled on Thursday – is full of vague promises, suggesting that it is aimed at the general election due by mid-2019, writes Vivek Kaul. Before India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, presented his fifth and final budget, political watchers suspected the general election could happen earlier. Now, they believe

The fight to ban 'humiliating' virginity test

Image copyrightGetty Images A movement to stop newly-wed brides from a nomadic tribal community having to take a virginity test has begun in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, and campaigners are determined to put an end to the “humiliating” practice, reports BBC Marathi’s Prajakta Dhulap. Anita*, 22, says the ordeal of her wedding two years ago still reduces her to tears every time she thinks about it. Like the

Bollywood's troubled relationship with women

Image copyrightHype PR 2017 was a good year for strong female characters in Bollywood, says film critic Shubhra Gupta, but does that mean it’s finally starting to change the way it portrays women? No sex please, we are Bollywood. But come to us and we will give you, in no particular cringe-making order, a collection of thrusting pelvises and heaving bosoms in our songs and dances, and a dispiriting series

Viewpoint: India and Pakistan up the ante on disputed border

Image copyrightAFPImage caption India and Pakistan have disputed the Himalayan territory since independence in 1947 The fragile peace along the de facto border dividing India and Pakistan in Kashmir is crumbling. The Line of Control (LoC) is an un-demarcated 776km (482 mile) stretch of frontier that snakes across the mountains of the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. About 200,000 Indian and Pakistani soldiers face each other here, with

China-India border tension: Satellite imagery shows Doklam plateau build-up

Image copyrightAFPImage caption China and India are building up military resources in the Himalaya region This is an area of interim borders and unsettled claims. While tensions have calmed since the last stand-off on the Doklam plateau, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which ended in August of last year, both sides are continuing to build up their ground forces in this inhospitable terrain. The plateau, which lies at

Justice for Sreejith: Indian protester becomes social media hero

Image copyrightVivek R NairImage caption SR Sreejith wants an independent inquiry into the death of his brother An Indian man who has been protesting outside a government office for almost 800 days because he says his brother was murdered by police has become an unlikely social media star. The BBC’s Ashraf Padanna reports. Until recently, no-one paid much attention to SR Sreejith, who has been sitting in the open air

The human-elephant conflict in India's tea state Assam

Image caption The huge expanse of Assam’s tea gardens bordering Bhutan Growers of world-famous Assam tea are encroaching into forests, fuelling a conflict between elephants and humans, locals and authorities in the Indian state have said. Officials blame small-scale plantations for most of the encroachment but local leaders told the BBC there was no up-to-date land survey of bigger tea “estates” either. A major association of tea companies has rejected

India's switched-at-birth babies who refused to swap back

Image caption Shahabuddin Ahmed with his wife Salma Parbin and son Jonait It is like the plot of a Bollywood film. First, two babies are born within minutes of each other and then accidentally switched at birth in the hospital. Second, they are from very different backgrounds. One set of parents is tribal Hindu, the other Muslim. The twist? After a long battle with the authorities, the DNA tests finally

India woman fights family over 'low caste' husband's murder

Image copyrightNATHAN G In March 2016, a 22-year-old man was hacked to death in daylight on a crowded road in southern India for marrying a woman of a higher caste. His wife survived the attack and went on to testify against her parents and campaign against the scourge of caste, as the BBC’s Soutik Biswas reports. On the last day of his life, Shankar and Kausalya woke up around nine