India

Can ice structures solve a Himalayan water crisis?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEngineers in the Himalayan Desert are coming up with solutions which could help the world’s water crisis. Credit: Natural History Unit It’s midnight at 3,500m (11,000ft) above sea level, the coldest time of the day, in one of the coldest places on the planet. In the middle of winter, temperatures here plunge to -30C (-22F). A group of 10 volunteers are gathering;

India Dalit man killed 'for watching Hindu celebration'

Image caption Jayesh Solanki was killed allegedly for watching a dance performance A Dalit (formerly untouchable) man was beaten to death in the western Indian state of Gujarat allegedly for watching people dance as they celebrated the Hindu festival of Dussehra. Eight men have been arrested for attacking the 21-year-old on Sunday, police told BBC Gujarati. Some Dalits were beaten up for sporting moustaches in the state last week. Despite

BBC launches new Indian services: What you need to know

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC World Service is now available in 40 languages, including English. The BBC World Service has begun broadcasting in four new Indian languages. The launch is part of the World Service’s biggest expansion since the 1940s, following a government funding boost announced in 2016. BBC World Service is now available in 40 languages, including English. The new Indian languages – Marathi, Gujarati,

Movie star to politician

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Indian movie star Kamal Haasan, 62, has said he wants to enter politics. The stage seems set to witness the arrival of a new political leader in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu – Kamal Haasan. And unsurprisingly, he’s a film star. Three of Tamil Nadu’s chief ministers until the recent past have been actors. Haasan, 62, whom his fans call “Ulaga Nayagan” or “hero

Reality Check

Image copyrightUN When Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, held up a photograph of a scarred girl at the United Nations last weekend, she said she was offering proof of “Indian brutality” in Kashmir. But the photo turned out to be that of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl, taken in Gaza in 2014 by award-winning photographer Heidi Levine. The teenager had been injured by shrapnel in an Israeli

Imperfect economics

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Jean Dreze is known for his influential work on hunger and gender inequality Economist Jean Dreze’s new book makes an increasingly necessary argument that creating a morally good, progressive society is as important as improving traditional development indexes, writes Nilanjana S Roy. The jhola, a sturdy, often exuberantly decorated cloth sling bag, can be spotted all across India. Over time, this precursor to the backpack and

Big Ben and gold sari

Image copyrightRonny SenImage caption The goddess Durga, seen here dressed in the 22-carat gold sari The Indian city of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) has a long tradition of lavishly celebrating the Durga Puja, an annual Hindu festival that reveres the goddess Durga. It is the biggest and most popular festival in the state of West Bengal, where elaborate stage decorations, known as “pandals,” draw huge crowds. During the nine-day

Pure gold sari, Big Ben wow Kolkata crowds

Image copyrightRonny SenImage caption The goddess Durga, seen here dressed in the 22-carat gold sari The Indian city of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) has a long tradition of lavishly celebrating the Durga Puja, an annual Hindu festival that reveres the goddess Durga. It is the biggest and most popular festival in the state of West Bengal, where elaborate stage decorations, known as “pandals,” draw huge crowds. During the nine-day

Cinema travellers

Image copyrightAmit Madheshiya For seven decades now, travelling cinemas have been transporting the magic of movies to audiences across rural India. Often travelling as a part of religious and entertainment fairs, they bring the big screen magic to millions. Huge tents are hitched to the back of gigantic trucks and films are screened using hand-cranked projectors. However with advancing technologies and widespread connectivity these touring cinemas have started losing audiences

The avid watchers of travelling cinemas

Image copyrightAmit Madheshiya For seven decades now, travelling cinemas have been transporting the magic of movies to audiences across rural India. Often travelling as a part of religious and entertainment fairs, they bring the big screen magic to millions. Huge tents are hitched to the back of gigantic trucks and films are screened using hand-cranked projectors. However with advancing technologies and widespread connectivity these touring cinemas have started losing audiences