Archive for July, 2010

Families Stretch Across India-Pakistan Divide

Posted on July 31, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under India, International.

MUMBAI, India — Every time Tasleem, who lives in Mumbai, makes a call on her mobile to her mother in Karachi she receives a text message from her service provider urging her to be on alert. She should “exercise caution” when calling someone in Pakistan, the message tells her, as the information she shares “can be misused.”

“It doesn’t happen when I call London,” Tasleem said with a laugh.

The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan held talks earlier this month aimed at restoring relations, still floundering after the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai by Pakistani gunmen. The media has focused on the political jostling between the two countries, addressing sweeping issues related to Kashmir, terrorism and the sharing of water resources.

What often gets overlooked is how the tensions between the countries affect ordinary people every day.

Continue reading on GlobalPost.

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India Abroad Profile

Posted on July 15, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under India, International, Media.

India Abroad profiled me and other foreign correspondents based in Mumbai in their July 9, 2010 edition. Here it is.

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Maternal Mortality in India: Photo Montage

Posted on July 6, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under Health, India, International, women.

Hanna Ingber Win explains her Pulitzer Center reporting project in this photo montage:

Learn more about this reporting project.

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India’s Poor Cry Foul Over Fuel Prices

Posted on July 5, 2010, by Hanna Ingber, under Business, India, International.

MUMBAI, India — Kids played cricket on empty streets and motorbikes easily zoomed through normally congested intersections in Mumbai as opposition parties pulled off a nationwide strike Monday to protest a fuel price hike.

The strike, called by the main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the leftist bloc, closed businesses and schools and disrupted ground and air transportation. Police made thousands of arrests and sporadic acts of violence were reported in cities across the country.

The one-day strike represents a protest by the opposition parties and the nation’s lower and middle classes against the Congress-led government’s policies that have led to spiraling food and fuel prices.

While India’s economy, one of the fastest growing in the world, is expected to increase by more than 8 percent this year, much of the country’s poor are left out. India — where one in two children is malnourished — accounts for a third of the world’s 1.4 billion poor people, according to the World Bank.

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