Democracy in the Commonwealth

Democracy in the Commonwealth

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was the only politician to be given a private audience with the Queen. I think there were two reasons for this; it was the first time an Indian PM had turned up at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) for aeons and secondly...

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Down South in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

Down South in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

I have been coming to India for over sixty years. I first came, aged five, by boat on the SS Chusan, a wonderful P&O liner, en route to Hong Kong where my father was working. India had been independent for merely seven or eight years. We docked at what was...

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Varanasi: The city of light

Varanasi: The city of light

Cynthia Pickard travels to Varnasi, India and tells of her experiences in ‘The City of Light’. On previous visits to India I have always shied away from the idea of dealing with the ‘full on’ nature of Varanasi, but this time I felt strong enough. Varanasi is supposed to be...

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Poland now largest foreign community in the UK

Poland now largest foreign community in the UK

The latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that Poland is now the most common non-UK nationality of the British population, followed by India and Pakistan. The Annual Population Survey (APS) revealed that in 2015 Poland was the birth country of 831,000 UK residents. These are greater...

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New measures taken in the Indian fight against Polio

New measures taken in the Indian fight against Polio

After new strain of Polio discovered, India pushes a vaccination drive for hundreds of thousands of children, to stop threat of new contractions.   Although India was declared Polio free in 2014, India is taking proactive measures to make sure that the disease does not make a return and hundreds...

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The Indian Watch Industry

Modern watchmaking in India has its inaugural roots in the creation of a division of watch manufacture as part of the vast State subsidised company HMT (Hindustan Machine Tool), which is a supplier of a great range of engineering products that include precision moulding machines and tractors.   The first...

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Help the Disasters Emergency Committee save lives in Nepal

The devastating earthquake in Nepal has claimed over 5,000 lives and counting. Rescuers are still trying to reach some of the remote mountain villa with injured survivors still waiting. It’s easy to feel helpless in the wake of such a disaster but international rescue crews are swarming into Nepal to...

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