India's Supreme Court lifts ban prohibiting women of menstruating age from entering Hindu temple

India’s Supreme Court has nixed a ban which prohibited women from entering a prominent Hindu temple if they were of menstruating age. The temple’s authorities say they will appeal the ruling. Although the 12th century Sabarimala temple in the southern state of Kerala attracts tens of millions of pilgrims every year, women who are in […]

The Untouchable Who Became India's Jackie Robinson

Some of the greatest athletes in history never got the attention or acclaim they deserved. In this series, The Unsung, OZY looks at some of the most talented sports figures in history who were underappreciated, overshadowed or forgotten. If you wanted to travel back in time to witness one of India’s first great cricket players, […]

Why This Rohingya Refugee Is Taking on India's Government

It was night by the time the whispers reached Mohammad Yunus. The Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military, had killed a group of men they had taken from Yunus’ Rohingya village earlier in the week. Now, they were returning with a fresh list, went the village rumor. And Yunus’ name was on it. Yunus, his wife and their […]

The New Poster Boy for India's Right Wing

Anurag Thakur speaks purposefully to you one instant, then types out a text message the next, juggling multiple conversations with astonishing skill. The 43-year-old former cricketer is no stranger to multitasking. He has served as an Indian parliamentarian for a decade, while at times also governing cricket, a sport whose icons are worshipped in India […]

Apple Will Reportedly Help India's Telecom Regulator Build An Anti-Spam App

Apple is giving “limited” help to India’s telecom regulator to bring an anti-spam app to iOS, a Reuters report citing sources and documents says. The app, called Do Not Disturb, has been available on Android for months. It works by sucking in a user’s call and text logs, and lets them report any numbers which […]

The Dark Side of India's Spiritual Gurus Comes to Light

In many parts of northern India on a Friday in late August, trains were canceled, schools and government offices were closed, internet and mobile services were suspended and the army was put on standby as the nation braced for a weekend of violence. The disruption? Self-proclaimed guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had been found guilty […]

Heavy monsoon rains paralyze India's financial center, Mumbai (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: 29 Aug, 2017 23:24 Torrential downpours have been lashing Mumbai since Saturday morning, but inflicted a heavy toll on the city’s beleaguered population and transport infrastructure Tuesday, when the city endured its heaviest rains since 2005. The scheduled high tide frustrated emergency services and rescue operations, creating floodwater depths of up to 5 […]

Rosneft enters India's energy market acquiring Essar Oil for $13bn

Published time: 21 Aug, 2017 10:01 Russia’s Rosneft and its partners including Dutch commodity trading house Trafigura have finalized the $ 12.9 billion purchase of India’s second-largest oil refiner Essar Oil. It’s the biggest foreign acquisition in the South Asian country. The deal announced last October gives Rosneft a 49 percent stake in Essar. According […]

How India's Cash Chaos Is Screwing Over Their Neighbors — Oops!

Over three decades, Sri Lankan Tamil businessman Sundar Thangarajan built a stash of Indian bank notes totaling the equivalent of $ 2,000 as insurance if he had to move to India from the island where the ethnic minority has often felt under siege. But on a visit to the southern Indian city of Chennai this […]