India economy en Delhi's rich race to rid themselves of their Bentleys <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; Joining the litter on New Delhi&#39;s streets in recent weeks were luxury automobiles, abandoned by their owners who feared implication in a criminal investigation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Emerging Markets Culture & Lifestyle India Wed, 01 Jun 2011 13:55:05 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5648606 at Blame Gandhi: Did the great pacifist kill India, Inc.? <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; What could have been the prime minister&#39;s biggest headache, is shaping up into a lucrative business opportunity for corporate India.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Emerging Markets Education Global Economy India Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:10:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5651649 at CSI India: Forensics reach new low <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; If the lab hired sub-par people, what does that say about the results of their investigations?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Education India Science Health Thu, 07 Jul 2011 12:01:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5669624 at India: Wikipedia's next frontier <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; Due to a dearth of libraries and the infrequent revisions of textbooks, the demand for Wikipedia promises to be greater here than virtually anywhere in the world.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Internet Entertainment Emerging Markets Education India Technology Mon, 11 Jul 2011 02:07:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5669902 at India meets the Motor City <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; This year, under the guidance of a new CEO schooled in Detroit&#39;s automobile industry, Royal Enfield aims to increase output to 70,000 bikes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Travel/Tourism Emerging Markets India Offbeat Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:41:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5670536 at Shiva Rules: Will the elderly bring down India? <p>MUMBAI &mdash; Smaller families and longer life spans have set India on a path to facing a massive population of elderly.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Need to Know Shiva Rules Emerging Markets Culture & Lifestyle India Health Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:56:00 +0000 Hanna Ingber 5670835 at Hollyworld: India in 3D <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; The number of 3D releases in India has increased steadily over the past two years, which Sanjay Gaikwad sees as an opportunity.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hollyworld India economy Entertainment Global Economy India Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:07:25 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5672857 at India steps up efforts to end Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption protests <p> Hazare, described as a self-styled Gandhian activist, has lost more than 13 lbs since his fast began eight days ago.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Politics India Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:11:35 +0000 News Desk 5673771 at A middle-class revolution in Asia? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unlike the Arab Spring, protests in India and China have focused on government reform rather than takeover. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> With mass graves in Lybia and tanks rolling through Syria, it&#39;s easy to underestimate the unrest we&#39;re reading about in India and China.</p> <p> Afterall, <a href="">activist Anna Hazare</a> succeeded this week in getting the government in India to agree to an independent, anti-corruption body.</p> <p> And in a rare and recent victory for protesters in China, <a href="">the northeastern city of Dalian</a> said they would shut down a chemical plant residents feared had been damaged in a storm.</p> <p> People had had enough, but authorities appeared to take notice, listen and even take some action.</p> <p> Unlike the Arab Spring, which is more focused on bringing governments down, India and China want the governments they already have to be better &mdash; or rather, to be free of corruption.</p> <p> In another example, just weeks before the Dalian protests, a high-speed rail crash in eastern China that killed 40 people was blamed on the negligence of officials in charge. Seems a logical enough thing to protest.</p> <p> But government corruption isn&#39;t new and disaster has struck before. So, why are people in India and China ready to take to the streets now?</p> <p> The latest issue of the <a href="">Economist</a> lays out a clear, if not groundbreaking, assessment: It&#39;s all because of the middle class.</p> <p> Which is growing.</p> <p> A lot.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> The most plausible [explanation] is that India and China &mdash; and possibly other emerging markets, too &mdash; are experiencing the early stirrings of political demands by the growing ranks of their middle classes.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> According to Martin Ravallion of the World Bank, the middle classes (defined as people earning between $2 and $13 a day) trebled in number between 1990 and 2005 in developing Asia to 1.5 billion ...</p> <p class="rteindent1"> Newer estimates from the Asian and African Development Banks, using a definition of $2-20 a day, confirm the picture (see below). They show that the middle classes (which, on their definitions, include many only just out of poverty) accounted for ... almost 90% of China&rsquo;s.</p> <p> Now, the world over, it&#39;s the middle class who has the luxury of caring about things like free speech and fair elections. The poor have more pressing concerns.</p> <p> While this is hardly breaking news on a conceptual level, it is worth noting that what we are seeing on the ground in India and China is the phenomenon in real time.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China India economy Emerging Markets Politics China Culture & Lifestyle India The Rice Bowl Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:38:31 +0000 Emily Lodish 5674480 at Indian children given free laptops <p> In a program that is the first of its kind in India &ndash; all children at government schools and colleges in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu will be given a free laptop.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Technology news Asia-Pacific India Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5675379 at India plays the middleman <p> SURAT &mdash; The world&#39;s diamond-polishing hub is a weak link in the fight to stop overlords from financing their armies with precious stones.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blood Diamonds India economy Emerging Markets Culture & Lifestyle Global Economy India Zimbabwe Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:23:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5676922 at India: burgeoning fast-food paradise <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; Global chains seek to woo a broader cross-section of customers by incorporating traditional spices and ingredients into their menus.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Emerging Markets Food & Drink Global Economy India Innovation Health United States Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:11:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5679042 at Shiva's Rules: Union strikes threaten India Inc. <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; This year&#39;s spate of strikes gives an ominous glimpse into one possible future for Indian manufacturing.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Shiva Rules Emerging Markets Culture & Lifestyle India Mon, 07 Nov 2011 11:33:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5680480 at India: The end of Manmohanomics? <p> NEW DELHI, India &mdash; Earlier this month, India&#39;s prime minister drew a line in the sand. This weekend, he erased it. What happens next could determined his legacy.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy World Leaders India Tue, 06 Dec 2011 11:23:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5683306 at The Shiva Rules: Is growth enough? <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; As debate rages over government programs designed to provide more equal opportunities to the poor, the bald facts beg the question: Is growth enough?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> India economy Shiva Rules Emerging Markets Global Economy India Sat, 31 Dec 2011 14:21:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5685554 at