December 25, 2012 Christians the world over are celebrating Christmas. India, the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, marks the birth of Jesus with a national holiday. In this land of great religions, Christians and non-Christians join in the festivities of this season with song and special meals.
December 14, 2012 The world mourned the death this week of the Indian maestro whose name became synonymous with the sitar. Closer to Shankar's home, Indians mourned the man they affectionately call Pandit-ji, or Teacher. "He changed the whole approach to how an artist is perceived," says sitarist Shubhendra Rao.
December 7, 2012 Despite intense criticism, both houses of Parliament approved a plan allowing multinationals to open stores and own 51 percent interest in them.
December 5, 2012 The plan by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's governing coalition would let foreign supermarkets operate in Asia's third-largest economy. But two days of verbal sparring leading up to the lower house vote revealed deep suspicions about bringing global chains like Wal-Mart to a land of mom-and-pop stores.
November 30, 2012 The recent case involving the arrests of two young women over a Facebook post has touched off a broader debate in India, a country with millions of tech-savvy young people.
November 29, 2012 A 21-year-old was arrested after she questioned the shutdown of Mumbai for the funeral of a controversial political leader; her friend was arrested for simply "liking" the post. The comment angered the politician's supporters, who some say intimidated police into making the arrests.
November 21, 2012 Of the 10 gunman who carried out a three-day siege that left more than 160 people dead, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the only survivor. He was hanged today, almost four years to the day after the attack.
October 18, 2012 Despite poverty and poor sanitation, the world's second-most populous country is eradicating polio, which has afflicted India for millennia. Health officials hope India's successful war plan against polio will serve as inspiration for its archrival, Pakistan, in its own fight against the disease.
August 21, 2012 Opposition lawmakers demanded that Sonia Gandhi's Congress party step aside. An official audit has accused the current government of handing out rights to coal mines without going through competitive bidding or auctions — possibly causing $33 billion in losses.