Indrani Basu
Indrani is the news editor for HuffPost India.

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Meet Uplift Humanity's 22 Year Old Founder Anish Patel, Who Is Getting Kids Back On Track

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2016 | (15:23)

Anish Patel was 16 years old when he was on his annual trip to India in the summer of 2010. The Gujarati-origin boy was familiar with his home country, and was used to seeing children his age tap on the windows of his family car, asking for alms. As always,...

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Punjab Teenager Shoots Mother Dead For Refusing Drug Money

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2016 | (09:48)

In an incident eerily reminiscent of a scene out of Udta Punjab, a teenaged boy in Punjab allegedly shot his mother dead after she refused to give him money to buy drugs. It took place earlier this week on Monday in Kot Dharmu village in Mansa district.

The 16-year-old allegedly...

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'Dead Man' In UP 'Hindu Exodus' List Says He's Alive

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2016 | (09:47)

The Shamli administration has done it again—this time, they've included a man in their "Hindu exodus" list as dead. Yogendra Sethi, an erstwhile resident of Kandhla in Shamli, heard from a neighbour that his name is among the four "dead" people in the list released by the government last week....

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Bharathi Veerath, Bengaluru's First Woman Cab Driver, Found Dead

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2016 | (09:22)

Bharathi Veerath, Bengaluru's first woman cab driver, has died in an apparent case of suicide. The 39-year-old was found dead in her third floor rented house on Monday, where she had apparently hanged herself.

The incident was reported in Nagashetty Halli in Bengaluru, after Bharathi's landlord found her...

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Cop From Rajasthan Alleges 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' Was Her Original Phrase

(0) Comments | Posted 27 June 2016 | (08:53)

A police officer from Rajasthan has alleged that the central government "stole" from her the phrase for its national campaign to save and educate the girl child in India. Chetna Bhati, the chief of the women's police station in Udaipur, has claimed that the slogan 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' was...

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24 Year Old Woman Infosys Employee Stabbed To Death At Chennai Train Station

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2016 | (12:41)

A 24-year-old woman was stabbed to death at a train station in Chennai early Friday morning. The victim, identified as S Swathi, had reportedly been dropped off at the Nungambakkam railway station by her father Santhana Gopalakrishnan around 6 am. Eye witnesses reportedly told police that they saw...

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Pune Climber Jaishri Dumbre Rescued In Himalayas From 100-Foot Crevice

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2016 | (09:22)

A 33-year-old climber from Pune had a narrow escape after she fell down a 100-foot-deep crevice in the HImalayas last week. Jaishri Dumbre was part of a 35-member team that was on an expedition in Uttarakhand to scale an 18,600-foot mountain. She was pulled out of the crevice after a...

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This School Teacher's Son Who Cleared IIT Has The Best Advice For Students

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (13:37)

Kalpit Yadav grew up in a small house in Kanpur, with his parents and elder sister. His father, a teacher in a private school, earned a little over ₹8,000 every month. Yet, his parents were determined that their children should study as much as they wanted. While Kalpit's sister Diksha...

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17 Year Old Jharkhand Boy Brings Firearms To School, 'Accidentally' Shoots His Classmate

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (09:36)

A 17-year-old boy "accidentally" shot at one of his classmates and "good friend" in their school in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand on Wednesday. The injured classmate is in critical condition after the bullet was lodged between his lungs. It is as yet unclear how the incident, reported in Dayanand Public School...

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Doctors At Delhi Super Speciality Hospital Caught On The Wrong Foot, Literally

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (08:50)

NEW DELHI -- A 24-year-old man was in for a nasty surprise when he regained consciousness after an ankle surgery in one of Delhi's best hospitals. Ravi Rai was scheduled to undergo an operation in his right leg for a fracture. When he woke up after surgery, he was horrified...

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Two Delhi Women Are Fighting A Legal Battle To Lay Claim On 'Husband' In Coma

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2016 | (09:49)

NEW DELHI -- It could be the plot of a Bollywood film. But this bizarre story is actually true—a legal case is being fought over a man who is in coma, and two women have both claimed to be his wife. No one knows what's the truth.

A woman has...

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Asaram Bapu Allegedly Hid At Least ₹2,300 Crore Of His Income: Report

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2016 | (09:05)

A government investigation into self-styled 'godman' Asaram Bapu's finances has revealed that he has been holding undisclosed income of at least ₹2,300 crore since 2008-09, for which he is yet to pay tax. The 75-year-old is in jail after he allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl at his ashram near Jodhpur...

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Six Yoga Poses That Can Teach You (A Little) French

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2016 | (16:31)

NEW DELHI -- Here's a fun way to learn French while staying fit — next time you practice yoga, remember the French name for each pose. The Institut Français in New Delhi celebrated the International Yoga Day by teaching participants the French words for various yoga poses.


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Post Graduates Are Competing With School Dropouts For Five Porters' Jobs In Maharashtra

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2016 | (13:39)

This August, five MPhil degree holders, 253 postgraduates, and 984 graduates will be among those competing for five porters' jobs in Maharashtra. This is no joke — around 2,500 people are expected to appear for the written exam conducted by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) for filling the grade...

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39 Elephants Have Died In Odisha But No One Knows Why

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2016 | (11:08)

Since April last year, at least 39 elephants have reported to have died in Odisha, but the state forest department's wildlife wing appears to be clueless. The government officials apparently came to know of the elephant deaths months later in some cases, only finding the carcasses of these...

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In Kairana, Villagers Don't Recognize The Claims Being Made On Their Behalf

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2016 | (09:55)

KAIRANA, Uttar Pradesh -- In Kairana, people are amazed at the things being said about their village—it's a portrayal they say they don't recognise.

For nearly a week now, the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana has dominated Indian politics. The person who first made the allegation—BJP MP Hukum...

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'Docile Hindus Become Easy Targets': The Shifting Claims Of Hukum Singh, MP

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2016 | (09:21)

KAIRANA, Uttar Pradesh -- "I've been an army man, I take left turns, right turns, but never a u-turn," Hukum Singh, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) says while we are seated in the study at his sprawling farmhouse in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district. Singh is referring...

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EXCLUSIVE: Facebook Is Launching A Suicide Prevention Feature In India With Deepika Padukone's NGO

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2016 | (04:00)

If you see a post on Facebook from a friend that worries you, and you're concerned about their emotional health, you can now alert mental health professionals using a new feature on the social networking site that helps them get access to counselling services.

Facebook India on Tuesday rolled...

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Modi's Response To The Orlando Shooting Has Made A Lot Of Indians Very Angry

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (03:36)

Late last night, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted out his condolences to the victims and the families of the shooting in Orlando, Florida that left at least 50 people dead and about 53 others injured.

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How Modi's Clever Use Of Cultural References Connects Him To Foreign Audiences

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (08:21)

Yesterday, midway through his speech at the US Congress, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi used a baseball reference.

Yes, our Gujarat-born, India-bred, 65-year-old PM told a full house of America's leading legislators, "It is estimated that more Americans bend for yoga than to throw a curve ball."

The Indian PM...

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