India in the News | 5.22.14

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Once a month we cull the headlines to bring you stories from the world’s largest democracy — its politics, economy, culture and everyday life.

Narendra Modi appointed as India’s prime minister

“India’s president appointed Narendra Modi as the new prime minister of the world’s largest democracy Tuesday, the presidential palace said in a statement. Modi succeeds Manmohan Singh, whose Congress party suffered its worst-ever defeat in the recent general elections.” read more

India beats the odds, beats polio

“Rukhsar Khatoon is too young to fully grasp the significance of her life: that she is a last in a country of 1.2 billion people. She has become the greatest symbol of India’s valiant — and successful — effort to rid itself of a crippling and potentially deadly disease. Rukhsar, 4, is the final documented case of polio in India.” read more

This map shows where the world’s 30 million slaves live

“We think of slavery as a practice of the past, an image from Roman colonies or 18th-century American plantations, but the practice of enslaving human beings as property still exists. There are 29.8 million people living as slaves right now, according to a comprehensive new report issued by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.” read more

The Scariest Thing I Did in India

“An auto-rickshaw is basically a lawn-mower engine encased in a cut-rate gazebo. It’s a three-wheeler intended for short journeys, which is why my three friends and I had some trouble driving one from the top to the bottom of India, a country famous for its road fatalities.” read more

Hindu Nationalists Ascendant in India: Will Narendra Modi Be Prime Minister of All Indians?

“For years India has disappointed expectations. Tagged as the next great power preparing to challenge China and eventually America, India instead has lagged economically, stagnated politically, and battled religiously. Now Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a stunning political victory.” read more

How to book a home-cooked meal in Asia

“Eating home-cooked food in a local’s house — it’s what great stories are made of. Thanks to some enterprising minds, dozens of home kitchens and dining tables in Southeast Asia have opened up to travelers wanting a taste of the local cuisines. They’re available for booking online, complete with reviews, photos and payment options.” read more

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