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January 11, 2014
The relations-damaging saga over India diplomat Devyani Khobragade appears to be at an endpoint, as Khobragade returned to India—immune from prosecution over her alleged treatment of a servant in the U.S.—this week. The U.S., in a tit-for-tat move, will remove an official from its New Delhi embassy.

The relations-damaging saga over India diplomat Devyani Khobragade appears to be at an endpoint, as Khobragade returned to India—immune from prosecution over her alleged treatment of a servant in the U.S.—this week. The U.S., in a tit-for-tat move, will remove an official from its New Delhi embassy.

19:52 // 6 months ago
December 21, 2013
Notwithstanding legitimate Indian concerns about whether American marshals used correct protocol in the way they treated a diplomat, the truth is that India is party to an exploitative system that needs to be scrutinized.
Writer Ananya Bhattacharyya • Arguing that the diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and India has raised an important issue that for India’s society that needs to be dealt with—the expectation among some in India’s middle class that having a servant is a right. Bhattacharyya disagrees, as the title of her New York Times opinion piece, “Having a Servant Is Not a Right,” attests. “I can only hope that the [Devyani] Khobragade case will make Indians look inward and see that, feelings of patriotic fervor aside, India has a serious problem,” she explains.
14:21 // 7 months ago
December 19, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 19, 2013

For those keeping track at home, the massive breach of Target’s payment-processing system could affect as many as 40 million people, or approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population. Awesome.

Speaking of hacking incidents, The Washington Post appears to be a common target: The Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper reported its third major data breach in the past three years. Ouch.

What would Brian Boitano do? Announce that he’s gay weeks before the Sochi Olympics, putting fresh pressure on Russia. Boitano is part of the U.S. delegation to the country.

The nanny caught in the middle of the whole diplomatic drama between the U.S. and India is considered a victim of human trafficking by the U.S. government.

Mark Zuckerberg did a bunch of stuff with his money today.

20:25 // 7 months ago
December 17, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 17, 2013

Thanks to the arrest of a top consulate official over visa fraud involving a nanny—an arrest reportedly involving a strip search—the U.S. and India are totally on the outs right now. How bad is it? Well, India removed a bunch of security barriers from the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

In a move that sounds utterly fitting, the U.S. government has hired a former Microsoft executive to fix the mess with Healthcare.Gov. Oy.

Google Glass can now take photos when you wink. In other news, nobody wants to see Robert Scoble wink.

To answer your question, neanderthals did in fact bury their dead. Side note: They also sold car insurance.

Edward Snowden isn’t going to Brazil. Sorry guys.

20:14 // 7 months ago
December 11, 2013
We oppose any action that criminalizes consensual same-sex conduct between adults. LGBT rights are human rights. We call on all governments to advance equality for LGBT individuals around the world.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki • Denouncing a high-court ruling in India that criminalizes consensual sex between two people of the same gender. The ruling, which reversed a 2009 ruling on the issue, calls on legislative bodies to amend the law mandating the ban. The ruling prompted protests in the country.
22:10 // 7 months ago
October 13, 2013

Lethal stampede occurs at festival in Madhya Pradesh, India

  • 91people killed in a panic-fueled stampede on a bridge in central India today. The bridge, in Madhya Pradesh, was thick with people attending a Hindu festival when (according to Indian officials) a rumor may have spread that it was going to collapse. This sparked a lethal surge of people trying to flee (the BBC also says “other reports” suggest panic was stirred by police using batons to try to control the crowd). A deputy police inspector stated 10 more people are in critical condition. source
19:37 // 9 months ago
October 12, 2013

Cyclone hits eastern Indian coast, spurring thousands of evacuations

  • 800,000people evacuated from the eastern coast of India Saturday evening, displaced by a cyclone which caused broad flooding in homes throughout the area. The storm actually proved less severe following landfall than U.S. observers had warned — an outcome closer to what Indian officials had themselves forecast, which has caused a little tension. Said the vice chairman of India’s National Disaster Management Authority: “We are not trying to downplay the intensity of the cyclone. In fact, U.S. authorities are overplaying it.” source
20:58 // 9 months ago
June 17, 2013
Telegrams are still a thing in India, though that’s about to change. On July 15, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will send the last telegram the world may ever see. Western Union quit the practice seven years ago. The industry was once so robust that it supported 60 million messages in India alone in 1985. Stop. Progress moves quickly sometimes. Stop. (photo by Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press)

Telegrams are still a thing in India, though that’s about to change. On July 15, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will send the last telegram the world may ever see. Western Union quit the practice seven years ago. The industry was once so robust that it supported 60 million messages in India alone in 1985. Stop. Progress moves quickly sometimes. Stop. (photo by Rajanish Kakade/Associated Press)

3:39 // 1 year ago
March 19, 2013
16:19 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013

On Steubenville, India and other cases of rape or sexual violence

backyardgoldmine says: I don’t understand why American news organizations are more concerned about the gang rapes that happen in India than the ones that happen here. Like the only articles Shortform Blog have about Stubenville are two articles about Rick Santorum giving a speech there. 

» SFB says: We posted an article about Steubenville just a couple of days ago. As far as the case in India, it’s very significant issue culturally in that country and prior cases have led to mass protests. We try to cover issues happening in the U.S. as well as internationally. Fact of the matter: Both cases are worth our time and important to cover. — Ernie @ SFB

17:36 // 1 year ago