India stands at electoral crossroads

India starts voting today, and if one were to believe the hype surrounding the electoral bid by Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), then the polls are a mere formality.  The widely held expectation in India, propagated by a credibility-challenged media, is that Modi is a shoo-in for the post of prime minister. But opinion pollsters and media pundits have not always shown accuracy in understanding subtler realities of the world’s largest democracy. They could have goofed up again.  This Monday marked the start of an unprecedented exercise in democracy – the biggest general election in history. The first of 814.5 million … Continue reading India stands at electoral crossroads

British Airways runs ‘Escape to the Indian Ocean’ ad in spite of flight #MH370 disappearance

  The depths of the ocean were shown on screens at the station, bearing the overlaid text: “Escape the commute and discover the Indian Ocean”. Commuters at Euston Station were surprised to see British Airways adverts encouraging them to fly to the Indian Ocean on the escalators today, days after it emerged the area is where missing Malaysia flight MH370 is likely to have crashed. It is possible the adverts, posted by commuter Alan Milford, pre-date the developments of the tragic situation in Malaysia, but clearly no one thought to pull them. “To those saying this picture is a fake, it’s … Continue reading British Airways runs ‘Escape to the Indian Ocean’ ad in spite of flight #MH370 disappearance

Indian boys headed for Manchester United dream big

  By AFP     PHOTO: FILE KOLKATA: Two poor Indian teenagers, one the son of a sex worker and the other a street vendor, are among young players chosen to take part in a Manchester United Football Club training camp. Rajib Boy, whose mother earns 200 rupees (three dollars) a day, said he was dreaming big after being selected to travel to Britain next month for the Manchester United Soccer School after a talent hunt. “Cristiano Ronaldo is my idol. I am focusing on scoring goals,” Rajib said in Sonagachi, the red-light district in India’s eastern city of Kolkata, where he … Continue reading Indian boys headed for Manchester United dream big