Inde - India. India - China Relations. Peacocks at Sunset. Borderlines explores the global map, one line at a time.
The world’s most spectacular border ceremony takes place every day before dusk at Wagah. Roughly halfway between Lahore in Pakistan and Amritsar in India, Wagah is where the Grand Trunk Road  intersects with the so-called Radcliffe Line, dividing the Punjabi town between the two countries. The only official road link  across the highly contentious and fairly recently fought-over Indo-Pakistan border passes through the town’s monumental border gate.
As large crowds gather on either side of the gate, claps and cheers of “Pakistan Zindabad!” And “Jai Hind!” Compagnies coloniales. The East India Company: How a trading corporation became an imperial ruler. In 1600, a group of London merchants led by Sir Thomas Smythe petitioned Queen Elizabeth I to grant them a royal charter to trade with the countries of the eastern hemisphere.
And so, the ‘Honourable Company of Merchants of London Trading with the East Indies’ – or East India Company, as it came to be known – was founded. Few could have predicted the seismic shifts in the dynamics of global trade that would follow, nor that 258 years later, the company would pass control of a subcontinent to the British crown. The company has recently been featured in BBC1’s period drama Taboo – central character James Delaney, played by Tom Hardy, comes into conflict with the EIC, which is characterised as a mighty and villainous organisation. In reality, how did this company gain and consolidate its power and profit? With Emperor Jehangir’s permission, they began to build small bases, or factories, on India's eastern and western coasts. L'India ha demonetizzato l'86 per cento delle banconote in circolazione, da un giorno all'altro. India's demonetisation - taking the bull by the horns - Chris Skinner's blog.
I seem to find most of the truly exciting stories these days are happening in unexpected places.
Tanzania, Indonesia, Turkey, China, Brazil … and specifically India. I wrote a fair bit about the demonetisation program in India at the beginning of December, saying that it’s a laudable objective but a flawed one, as 95% of the Indian population aren’t using mobile payment systems today and 88% haven’t even heard about it. That’s all changing though, thanks to further government intervention. UN CACHEMIRE, TROIS NATIONS. Untitled.
"Scheduled Tribes” at least in a mainland India context refers to the indigenous inhabitants of India’s forests known as “Adivasis”. – turok23
Phugtal Monastery, India. Phuktal Monastery or Phuktal Gompa is one of the most isolated monastery in the south-eastern Zanskar region in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India.
The monastery is a unique construction of mud and timber built at the entrance of a natural cave on the cliff face of a lateral gorge of a major tributary of the Lungnak (Lingti-Tsarap) River. From a distance, the monastery looks like a giant honeycomb. Phuktal Gompa was founded in the early 12th century by Gangsem Sherap Sampo, a disciple of Gelug founderTsongkhapa.
The Beautiful Key Monastery, India. Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on picturesque hilltop at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India.
The monastery has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and a religious training centre for Lamas. It is home to around 300 lamas who receive their religious education here. Key Gompa is said to have been founded by Dromtön (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE), a pupil of the famous teacher, Atisha, in the 11th century. Don't go to Spiti by Divya Nambiar. Don’t go to Spiti.
You will never want to come back. Once you’ve experienced life in all its rawness, harsh and stark, no pretences, you will find it difficult to accept what people call “normal” life. You’ll start questioning whether you’ve been living a farce all along in your air-conditioned offices and concrete homes, with 24-hour running water and electricity. Where laundry gets done in washing machines and there is a super market every two kilometers. Inside the Forbidden Temple by David Shulman.
There was a young man named “Super-Wealthy,” Sudhana in Sanskrit, probably from the Andhra region in southern India, who hungered for truth, or understanding, more than anyone before or after him.
He spent years moving from one teacher to another—fifty-three in all, including various Buddhas-to-be, maverick ascetics, learned scholars, merchants, a fishermen, a mariner, ordinary householders, kings, a beggar, a goldsmith, a perfumer, a Hindu god, several women (one of them a young girl), and the eight Goddesses of the Night. Each had something unique to teach him about the ways of the world and the mind; each became for Sudhana a kalyana-mitra, a loving friend. Valleys in the Sky. Nepal. Nepal. Kathmandu's false dawn: how PM Oli lost the plot & what India can do. Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli heads one of the strangest coalitions imaginable in parliamentary politics.
Maoists form the mainstay of his government and control important ministries such as Home, Energy and Forest. Rabid right-wing monarchists run other major departments, including the all-important Foreign Ministry. Also read - Nepal to amend Constitution to address Madhesis' demands Oli's own party calls itself Marxist-Leninist, but practices what can perhaps be appropriately described as an oxymoronic mix of political Stalinism, ethnic chauvinism and economic free-market fundamentalism. Altogether, borderline fascism is the political agenda of Oli's Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), better known by its initials UML.
Ex-minor ex-Maoists. In a shanty town behind Kathmandu Airport, by the stinking Manohara River, Sukmaya Tamang keeps a careful eye on her four-year-old son playing outside as she works on her sewing machine.
Tamang, now 24, joined the Maoist ‘People’s Liberation Army’ when she was 13 years old, studying in Grade Six of a school in Batase of Sindhupalchok. Two years later, she was part of the guerrilla force that attacked the district capital of Chautara. A Maoist’s Burden in Nepal. Photo KATHMANDU, Nepal — Ten summers ago in Nepal, the Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal emerged from hiding just as the decade-long insurgency he had directed was pushing the country’s monarchy to its knees.
The rebel chief was picked up by a government helicopter, then whisked to the prime minister’s residence in Kathmandu to begin official peace talks. By that time, after more than 20 years in hiding, he had become a legend, widely known by his nom de guerre, Prachanda, meaning “the fierce one.” Visions of Mustang - Bringing Sight to the Forbidden Kingdom - Trailer. NEPAL-TIBET-BHUTAN. Nepalese police tear down earthquake victim camp in capital. A woman cries as her temporary home was torn down by police in a quake victims’ shelter in downtown Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Police tore down hundreds of temporary homes in the Nepalese capital where people who lost their homes in the 2015 earthquake have been living for two years. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) By Binaj Gurubacharya | AP By Binaj Gurubacharya | AP March 14 KATHMANDU, Nepal — Authorities tore down hundreds of makeshift huts in Nepal’s capital on Tuesday, using bulldozers to level the largest temporary camp housing people who were made homeless when a devastating earthquake rocked the country two years ago.
Le Bhoutan abandonne l'Indice du Bonheur National Brut. - Sociologiser. Travel - Bhutan’s dark secret to happiness. On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he was named Karma, or the thin air, or the way travel melts my defences, but I decided to confess something very personal. Not that long before, seemingly out of the blue, I had experienced some disturbing symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness in my hands and feet. At first, I feared I was having a heart attack, or going crazy. Maybe both.
The Happiest Place : A Journey Across Bhutan. Contact us directly: email@example.com "The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. It is the goal of every other goal. Ben Henretig has embarked on an ambitious project to document a country and culture that has embraced Happiness as a part of its national policy" - Deepak Chopra Featuring original music by Imogen Heap & Zoe Keating We're making this film because we're concerned that, in our rush to make progress in the world, we're leaving things behind. Bhutan grieves for destroyed historic site. Bhutan is mourning the loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a four-century-old architectural wonder that had dramatically stood on a ridge at the confluence of two rivers before it burned to the ground over the weekend. A gateway to eastern Bhutan, the dzong was built in 1638 by the nation's founder, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and was among several fortress-monasteries constructed to help gain control of -- and unify -- the country.
"The entire society has solidarity for the loss of one of the most important and oldest fortresses in our country," said Home Minister Minjur Dorji, who has been on the site for the last three days, in a telephone call. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the queen have been there since the fire "trying to morally support the people," he added. "It's not just a Bhutanese architectural loss but for the whole Himalayan region," Dasho Karma Ura, president of the Thimphu-based Center for Bhutan Studies, said by telephone on Tuesday before visiting the site.
Saga Dawa in Sikkim. Saga Dawa also known as the Triple Blessed Festival is one of the most important and holiest Buddhist festivals in Sikkim. It falls on the full moon of the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar which is usually within the end of April and the start of June. Saga Dawa which is Bhutia for Buddha Jayanti celebrates 3 main events of Lord Buddha’s life: his birth, his Enlightenment, and his Nirvana which fall on the same day. The most significant and spiritual highlight of the Saga Dawa is the colorful and spiritual religious procession in Gangtok where monks carry the Holy Scriptures that contains the teachings of Lord Buddha.