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Teaching India's Children English With Read-To-Me Software

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

With India having a British colonial legacy and now being a destination for outsourcing and call centers, one could get the impression that every Indian spoke English. Indeed, the numbers are large but the percentage is small. Some 70 per cent do not speak English.

Top 10 Destinations For Your First Solo Trip

travelcuts | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Travel
travelcuts

Whether you're joining an organized trip or setting out with nothing but a backpack and a guidebook, your first solo trip can be daunting. Yet, you'll soon find it's one of the most rewarding ways to travel. If you're teetering on the edge of going solo, or already planning where to visit, we have ten suggestions to kick-start your wanderlust.

Indian Destinations Perfect For Any Family Vacation

Booking.com | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Travel
Booking.com

Forget about Disneyland. If you want to truly immerse your family into a magical world, book a trip to India. It might not seem like your typical family vacation spot, but India's colorful landscape and vibrant culture will leave an everlasting impression.

India's Agriculture Sector Under Siege By Foreign GMO Industry

Colin Todhunter | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Business
Colin Todhunter

Global corporations are engaged in a long-term attack on India's local cooking oil producers. In just 20 years, they have reduced India from self-sufficiency to importing half its needs. Now attempts to impose genetically modified mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian food and farming traditions.

B.C. Government Throws The Dice In India With Taxpayer Money

Jordan Bateman | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

B.C. has become the first foreign government to issue a Masala bond in India. Essentially, B.C. took on $97.5 million in debt and immediately reinvested that money not in B.C. infrastructure or something that would help B.C. taxpayers, but in the Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Limited of India.

This Beautiful Memory Was A Gift From A Kind Stranger In India

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

We were in the South, in Kerala; and just getting ready to leave Munnar -- a tiny hill station where we'd spent a couple of days. We were headed for Cochin. There we'd spend our last, remaining day, until it was time to catch our flight to Mumbai -- and yet another flight back home.

It Is Time India Declared Independence From Monsanto And Big GMO

Colin Todhunter | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

Monsanto is now very much embedded in India. It has even been called the 'contemporary East India Company' and says GM food is necessary to feed the world's burgeoning population. Such claims are hidden behind a veil of humanitarian intent, which is easily torn away to expose self-interest. India does not need GM to feed itself and no false argument or regulatory delinquency to force them in can disguise this.

India Reclaims Its Creation With International Yoga Day

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Whether faced with the level of cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation that yoga has seen, a bit of re-appropriation -- done in an inclusive manner -- never hurts. At the request of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing International Yoga Day. The first celebration in 2015 saw yoga sessions happening all over the world.

I Love How Sports Transcend Barriers To Let Us Come Together

Jagneet Singh | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

Simply put, sports has a way of connecting people. When you throw on your team colours, you're no longer a Sikh, Jew, Christian, White, or Black. You're simply a fan. And the only thing that matters in that moment is realizing the dream of seeing your team lift up the trophy one day and host a parade on your home streets.

Why Medical Cannabis Users Aren't Just "Getting High"

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Cannabis has been a medicine for far longer than it has been a drug. There are many different theories of its history, and signs of it date back to the old testament and ancient europe, all over Asia, and spread down into Africa. Ancient history is a matter of interpretation and the details remain in debate, but cannabis use was a huge part of culture and medicine in distant parts of the world. As a medical user, I do still get high some times for fun. But that's not the whole picture.

Trudeau Accepts Modi's Invitation To Visit India

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Politics

Indian media reported Trudeau has promised to bring his family as well.

Once A Paradise, Kashmir Is Now India's Greatest Has-Been

Shanelle Kaul | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Travel
Shanelle Kaul

My father tells me stories about growing up in Kashmir. He describes it as a wealth of natural beauty tucked high away in India's north, with unique cuisine and local craftsmanship. While years of political unrest makes this state especially interesting to the curious traveller, much of what he remembers has since been washed away.

Examining Pakistan's Political Pragmatism

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Despite its internal problems, Pakistan is slowly emerging as a key cog in the geopolitics of the region. In light of the OPEC market share war and the Syrian crisis, both Iran and Saudi Arabia are looking to tilt the power balance in their favour - a balance that lies with Pakistan as a military power. Instead of gravitating towards its traditional Sunni ally in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is attempting to play a positive role in diffusing tensions between the two regional powers while also keeping its interests in mind.

Unluckiest Death Ever? Man Killed By Apparent Meteorite

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada

An object hit the ground, creating a deep crater, just as a bus driver was walking past.

International Trade Should Not Come At The Cost Of Human Rights

Jagmeet Singh | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Jagmeet Singh

While premier Wynne and her 72-person delegation meet with India's heads of state to talk trade and visit the country's picturesque backdrops for photo-ops, they do so while simultaneously ignoring India's abysmal track record on human rights, systemic inequity and institutional racism.

Why The Jaipur Literary Festival Is One All Book Fans Should Follow

Tahir Gora | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Tahir Gora

India's Jaipur Literary Festival -- the world's largest Literary Festival -- drew writers, poets and intellectuals from all over the world as well as writers, thinkers and artists of diverse background from all across India. While featuring speeches from Margaret Atwood and other high-profile Indian personalities, it also served as the stage for an ongoing discussion about intolerance in India.

Wynne Says 2016 Can Be 'The Year Of Canada And India' On Trade

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2016 | Canada Politics

The Ontario premier leaves this week for a 10-day trade mission to India.

Turn Your 2016 Bucket List Into A Love List

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Whether your heart's desires are world travel, writing a book, creating a blog, speaking to groups, starting a family, rock climbing or attending Burning Man, turn them into a love list -- and toss away the bucket.

Indian Women Take The Summit

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

It's well known that there is strength in numbers and wisdom in crowds. But what if we're only seeing half the numbers and hearing half the crowd? A...

By Empowering Women, We Can Work Toward Alleviating Poverty

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Born into a progressive Indian family, I was encouraged to have a career and be independent. I grew up with great opportunities to learn about myself, travel and have a wholesome childhood and now adulthood. Millions of Indian girls do not have this opportunity and there is discrimination at multiple stages.

Fathers Should Be the Heroes Who Empower Their Daughters

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

I believe that EVERY father has a vital responsibility to ensure that, from their very earliest years, his daughters believe that they can succeed in whatever they want to do in life. And that they, too, have the same rights and privileges and opportunities as their brothers.

What the World's Political Dynasties Can Tell Us About Justin Trudeau

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Not all political dynasties are created equal -- one key difference lies in the calibre of their descendants. Last year, the Liberal Party elected as its leader Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Warren Bennis, a noted scholar on leadership, said, "The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense."

Cultural Centers Could Bring India's Soft Power to the World Stage

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

As India enters its 70th year of independence and its status on the world stage grows, its position within Asia becomes more critical. It's high time India consciously, calculatingly and coordinately uses its ample soft power to its advantage. One way is to open a global chain of Gandhi Centers.

My Documentary Will Explore the Story of an Elephant Tortured to Blindness

Sangita Iyer | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

We've gathered undercover footage of Lakshmi's entire ordeal. Gods in Shackles will expose the abhorrent torture that Lakshmi tolerates every single day. Her sad story along with that of four elephants featured in our film epitomizes the pain and suffering of more than 600 elephants of Kerala, whose welfare is being compromised for profit.

In India, We Are the Oppressors and the Oppressed

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

India may have thrown off the yoke of colonialism over 60 years ago, but we continue our own oppression. It's easier to point the finger, or show the finger, when the 'other' is distinctly different in terms of geography, skin color, language, and culture. It's more difficult, and perhaps more shameful, to accept ourselves as the oppressor and the exploiter.