I’m going to try to do a regular breakdown of news and articles on India that I’m reading. No doubt this will be near impossible to keep up, but we’ll see. Feel free to chip in with suggestions:
INDIAN EXPRESS – Maoists in damage control mode: No more attacks on trains and other infrastructure that might cause civilian fatalities during the two-day strike called for 30 June. This is a reaction to the train derailment that killed 148 people and was blamed on Maoist affiliates.
WSJ – The Chhattisgarh government is using special reinforced concrete to build roads that are more resistant to Maoist roadside bombs. However, 12 police were killed providing security for the construction of one such road.
THE GUARDIAN – Why paying Indian MPs more might actually be a good thing.
TEHELKA – The ongoing horror of life caught between Maoists and security forces in Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, the Forest Rights Act is doing little to stop villagers being forcibly displaced in Jharkhand.
IDSA – How the US-led sanctions on Iran will effect India. The article argues that Iran has developed fairly comprehensive policies to mitigate the impact of sanctions on its energy sector, and that India’s need for increased natural gas supplies will continue to encourage efforts to trade with Iran around the edges of the sanctions regime, with a number of pipeline projects on the drawing board.
WSJ – There are fears that the boom in micro-financing may be riskier than commonly thought, thanks to over-lending and poor organisation. There are also calls to diversify the system away from just simple loans.
THE HINDU – Muslims are being held back by poor socio-economic conditions, lack of development and education opportunities, says a new report.