Visa Power: over 62.000 foreign nationals disappear in India [more]
Editor's choice: The English in India (an article from Oct.1862) [more]
The History site is online!! [more]
Govt. declares 50% reservations for Muslims at AMU [more]
IndiaWorld presents Kaka Hathrasi special: काका की फुलझड़ियां [more]
Hamburg sets up office in India [more]
History: The shade of swords - Attrocities in India by the Portuguese Aggresors [more]
Arun Shourie: De-nationalisation of India, Macaulay's education and the role of pseudo secularism [more]
"Indian leaders are like abused wives" [more]
Doublespeak masterpiece: US double-standards on weapons sale [more]
Hindi: पोप की मृत्यु पर भारत मे॑ राष्ट्रीय शोक – धर्मनिरपेक्षता के नाम पर भौ॑डा मज़ाक [article as PDF]
The Indian pseudo secularism: a bitter joke [more]
China, India plan a free trade area [more]
Sikh body demands ban on portrayal of community in 'bad light' as object of fun and ridicule [more]
CPM wants Delhi to boycott Israel [more]
China woos India's neighbours, trying to hijack SAARC [more]
China and India eye cooperation despite suspicions [more]
Pakistan and Italy join hands against UN reforms [more]
Indian communists finally discover 'Bharat' [more]
Rolls Royce to return to India with Rs. 3 Cr. model [more]
Indian pilots to match skills against F-16s [more]
Pakistan to get free F-16s from USA [more]
China pats friend Pakistan for getting F-16s [more]
The Narendra Modi controversy [more]
US decides to give F-16s to Pak, India disappointed [more]
US balancing act: F16s for Pakistan, F18s for India [more]
VIP security: Black Cats to be replaced by Black Panthers [more]
Sify full coverage: Tsunami strikes deadly blow in South Asia [more]
Weather in Hamburg
Indian red-tape: It takes too long to start a business in India, says WB
"We all knew that starting, establishing — and even exiting — a business in India is not for the faint-hearted. But the latest World Bank survey on India’s investment climate shows just how badly India fares on this front at a time it is desperately trying to ramp up foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows", according to a report appearing in The Indian Express.
Compared to most other countries, including those in South Asia (Nepal 21 days, Pakistan 24 days), the time for entry, exit and for contract enforcement are much higher in India (89 days), says the report (‘‘Doing Business in 2005: Removing Obstacles To Growth’). [more]
Govt. expected to permit higher FDI in retail sector
"Media reports indicate that the government might permit 49 per cent foreign investment in retail. This is an improvement over the cap of 26 per cent that was expected to be the limit on FDI in retail until now. At the same time, there is no fundamental difference as it will still not give controlling share to FDI. The Left should therefore not have any objection", reports Indian Express. [more]
India's pseudo secularism: A
The recent death of Pope John Paul II once more
exposed the hypocrisy that mars India's self-styled (pseudo)
secularism. The more-loyal-than-the-king government of a secular (!)
state declared a three days state mourning for a religious head. It
sent Vice president Bhairon Singh Shekhawat with a large delegation to
attend the funeral of the deceased Pope and issued highly exaggerated
statements praising the pontiff's alleged love for India and her
All this drama took place despite the fact that no Indian govt.
ever bothered to show such an honour to any head of an Indian religion.
Worse, never did the Vatican care to declare any state mourning for an
Indian religious head or for that matter for an Indian head of the
state or head of the government that died in office, for instance Mrs. Indira
This is the sad story of Indian pseudo "secularism". The article is also available in Hindi, as a PDF
Holi celebrated in India with joy
Holi was celebrated in India with a lot of joy
and fun in the last week of March. The celebration of Holi is spread
over several days. This is a festival of colours that welcomes the spring.
Prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi did
not celebrate Holi this year as a mark of respect for the Tsunami
Holi is a religious festival in the memory of Prahalad, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, whom his father - jealous of Vishnu - wanted to burn in fire. Holi is also very closely associated with Lord Krishna who used to play Holi with a great enthusiasm. Even today Holi in Brij (the region around Mathura, where Krishna grew up) is thought to be the best [More about Holi]
"India celebrates life through Holi - its festival of colour": Here a Yahoo! News item about this year's Holi: "Indians woke up to a colourful morning on Saturday and spent most of the day celebrating life and the onset of the spring season by smearing a variety of colour on each other on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Holi. People were seen sprinkling 'gulal' or powdered colour on each other while many ran for cover to save themselves from the bucketful of coloured water being thrown at them." [more]
IndiaWorld launched in a new "Avataar"
Hamburg (23.03.2005): Welcome to the new version of
IndiaWorld on the net. In its new form the site has moved to a
professional web-hosting and is no more hosted on a free-of-charge
server that caused inconvenience for visitors by its pop-ups and
Further the site is being extensively updated
offer on information. Some pages are still under construction and are
expected to go online soon. The site will be available in English and
German languages. A limited edition in Hindi is also in planning.
It is hoped that the site will thus increase its'
utility even more and would contribute to a better understanding of
India and Germany in particluar and South Asia in general. If you wish
to contribute in this effort by ways of writing articles, providing
news or in any other way, you are most welcome.
With best wishes, Rajnish
Tiwari, Hamburg, 23.03.2005
South Asia Day at the University of Hamburg
Hamburg (20.11.2004, RT): The University of Hamburg
today celebrated 2nd South Asia day. Organised by the Asia-Africa
Institute of the university, the programme was attended by curious
citizens and people of South Asian origin. Many people had travelled
from different cities in Germany.
The event was covered by local and national media
including NDR and Deutsche Welle. The day saw several podium
discussions about the political and economic situation in the region.
An interesting theme was the discussion about the viability of a South
Asian union on the lines of the European Union (EU). In the evening
mesmerising Nepalese, Sri Lankan and Indian cultural dances were
Here two reports in German:
i) Rückblick: Südasientag der Universität Hamburg (Samina Akbar)
ii) Südasientag 2004 - Zu wenig Zeit zum Diskutieren (Bijon Chatterji)
Indian student addresses select gathering at
The Hamburg State Ministry of Education and Health
organised a reception to honour international students of the local
universities. Mr. Rajnish Tiwari addressed the select gathering of
about 200 people that included education authorities, representatives
of the labour and foreign offices and members of the diplomatic corps
from Hamburg. [..more].
The event was reported by local media, including Hamburger Abendblatt and Tide TV.