As human rights take a backseat in US foreign policy, a coalition of Indian Americans released a comprehensive report on human rights abuses in India on Capitol Hill.
Even though the Lokpal Act was passed in 2014, the government has delayed the appointment of a Lokpal for three years by initiating an amendment that is still waiting to be passed by the parliament.
With increasing communal polarisation, the festival is an an effort by a variety of people to capture the more inclusive essence of Varanasi.
The party today is a pale, forlorn shadow of its once vibrant self.
Unlike the media in the US, Indian TV channels and newspapers have stopped taking risks, preferring instead to toe the establishment’s line.