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How to Strike a Better Deal For Punjab and India

Alex Sangha | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada
Alex Sangha

Punjab has a rich history and has contributed a lot to India. My ancestors originate from Punjab which is the land of five rivers in northern India. ...

"For the Love of Elephants" - a Documentary in the Making

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

For the Love of Elephants is a feature-length documentary film in the making, an expose revealing the dark side of Kerala's glamorous cultural festivities that exploit captive elephants for profit, and the abhorrent torture these supremely gentle and intelligent animals suffer.

Going Solo: Advice from the Travel Experts

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

What does the solo traveler look like nowadays? Women are following their own schedules to explore destinations beyond North America, preferring to relax in luxury at resorts, full service hotels or on board cruise ships. As a frequent solo traveller myself, I sought out some Toronto experts to find out what they think of this trend and ask for their advice.

Discovering the Bohemian Beaches of Goa

Heather Magee | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Travel
Heather Magee

Choosing the right place to stay is daunting, because Goa is huge and each beach town has a completely different flavor. I spent hours scouring the web trying to piece it together. My conclusion: if you crave some peace and quiet, but with reasonable access to nightlife, head to Candolim Beach.

Embracing the Golden Triangle of India

Heather Magee | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Travel
Heather Magee

Save your pennies until you hit Jaipur, because this is mecca if you've got a bit of cash to burn. Known for precious and semi-precious gemstones, block-printing textiles, and superbly tailored garments, all for a fraction of what you'd pay at home. It felt good to buy directly from local artisans and manufacturers as well.

Governor General David Johnston On His Recent State Visit To India

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Governor General David Johnston made a rare state visit to the Republic of India at the end of February. He shares with me the highlights of his historic trip as well as reflects on why a closer relationship between Canada and India is an important venture for both.

Think Globally for International Women's Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

On International Women's Day, the global picture is filled with girls for whom the schoolhouse door is closed. It's not just a matter of having one's freedom of choice limited, as it was with pioneer schoolgirls here in Canada. It's even bleaker than that.

Same Same But Different: Growing Up As A Brown Girl in Canada

Jugni Style | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Jugni Style

Lupita Nyong'o's moving speeches, the Dark is Beautiful campaign in India, and Anita Majumdar's play, Same Same But Different, have me in a different frame of mind as we approach International Women's Day. I'm not just thinking about women's rights and battles. I'm thinking about what it means to be a woman of colour in Canada.

The World Is Getting Hungrier

Peter Hall | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Peter Hall

The world is getting hungrier. It has been said many times, but it bears repeating: the rise of emerging markets over the past three decades is now vaulting millions into the ranks of the middle class every year.

The Globe and Mail Gets Hindu Fascism Wrong

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Prashanth Gopalan

An article published in the Globe and Mail last week lulled readers into thinking that India is struggling to contain a growing Hindu fascist movement, carelessly employing reductionism and omission to present a distorted view of a country that is gaining economic and cultural importance for Canada.

What I'll Always Remember From My Cycling Trip Through India

Helen Upperton | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Helen Upperton

Early last month I was on an airplane to Mumbai. As the plane descended, I tried to imagine 20-million people living in a single city. As an Olympian, I'd been to a lot of places in the world, but never anywhere like India. I'd also never travelled the way I was about to: over 230 km by bicycle from Bangalore to Vellore, in three Indian states over rough, dusty roads.

Penguin Books India Gave Up on Freedom of Expression

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Prashanth Gopalan

Only days ago, news leaked that Penguin Books India had quietly settled a 2011 lawsuit filed against it by a conservative Indian education reform group, which required the publisher to withdraw and destroy all available copies of the Indian edition of University of Chicago professor Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History.

How I Was Uplifted By World Visionaries Fighting Against GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Recently I had an awesome opportunity to go to Australia and speak about GMOs for the Uplift Festival. After our 23-hour flight, it finally hit me. We're really here. My life may be changed forever. It was so refreshing to be around other like-minded youth who believe you are never too young to change the world!

How I Learned to Love the Chaos of Bombay

Eoin Finn | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Travel
Eoin Finn

This time when I practiced yoga in Bombay, the honking actually relaxed me. I could feel the city's pulse as an insider and wasn't from the outside looking in. When I stood on my yoga mat high above the city, warm smoggy breeze in my hair, I felt as at peace with the honking as I would practicing yoga to the sound of crickets in a field.

Will the Aam Aadmi Party Contest India's Elections in 2014?

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada
Prashanth Gopalan

India's newest underdog party can either stay put and develop a sophisticated political ideology, or contest national elections this year. Either way,...

Victims, Heroes and Pakistani Complicity in the Attack on Mumbai

Danny Eisen | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada
Danny Eisen

From amidst the carnage, an epidemic of heroism emerged that should be remembered along with those who lost lives and limbs. In stark contrast to the pitiless resolve of the killers who combed the halls of Mumbai's Taj Mahal Hotel and executed its guests, the hotel's employees refused to abandon the iconic edifice.

Bringing an End to Teenage Sexual Trafficking - Part 4

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The breakthrough cases where traffickers have been sent to jail, send ripples and will continue to send ripples through the red light district in Kolkata and through the justice system in India. These ripples are starting to change attitudes and beliefs regarding the acceptability of human trafficking in India. The more traffickers we can hold to account, the more they will realize that they cannot continue trafficking within India.

Hold Sex Traffickers Accountable For The Lives They Destroy

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

When I met with the girls, it was as if I was meeting with young girls anywhere in the world. We all sat down on the floor in a circle and they would ask me questions and I in turn would ask them questions. Their questions were like questions my own daughter has asked me... about clothes, food, Bollywood movies and popular songs. I nearly forgot what these girls had been through, what they had experienced.

Why I Am Committed to Ending Teenage Sex Trafficking

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Teenage sex trafficking is a worldwide problem and therefore all governments need to be involved. That is why I believe I need to be involved as a law maker from Canada. I need to do my share in raising awareness of trafficking of children and being a force in changing Canadian laws so that we can help those abroad.

Journey to Kolkata: Bringing an End to Teenage Sex Trafficking

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Senator Mobina Jaffer

International Justice Mission Canada, in partnership with the U.S.-based International Justice Mission (IJM), is a human rights organization that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. More specifically, IJM focuses on forced labour, slavery, illegal property seizure, sexual violence, sex trafficking, illegal detention, and citizenship documentation. IJM does great work. Their team of lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure that victims are rescued immediately, that perpetrators are persecuted, that victims have access to support and resources following a rescue, and that the public justice systems (police, courts, and laws) effectively protect the poor.

I Was a Dark-Skinned South Asian -- Now I'm White

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Hina P. Ansari

I miss my dark skin. I have Vitiligo -- an auto-immune disease where the body creates antibodies that destroy the pigment, melanin, leaving patches of white pigment-less skin, which spreads over time. So when I see girls electively going through various beauty treatments to achieve that sort of lightness of being, my blood boils. It took me up to a year to go completely white, and that was 10 years ago. So for those who voluntarily want to go lighter, I know deep down, even fifty shades won't make the least bit of difference for them.

Are the BRICS' Economies Slowing Permanently?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

How the mighty are falling. Resilience was a word used liberally to boast of the BRICS countries' staying power in the post-crisis period. Many even ascribed global-growth-engine status to these rising powerhouses. But 2013 has been a second tough year for the August group, even as OECD nations are steadily returning to growth.

How India Is Dealing With Malaria

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Two third of malaria cases in South-East Asia occur in India. According to the World Health Organization, in 2011, 2.15-million parasitologically confirmed malaria cases were reported, with three countries accounting for 95 per cent of confirmed cases: India, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Do We Have the Will to Wipe Out Malaria?

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

With more funding for research and development of new insecticide and for distribution of preventative tools, the world has the capacity to eradicate this horrific disease, malaria, from our psyche. The question is, do we have the will to do so?

4 Convicted In India Bus Rape Case

AP | KATY DAIGLE and SHIVANI RAWAT | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada

NEW DELHI — An Indian court convicted four men Tuesday of the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that set off wav...