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13 Indian Girls + 1 Fiji Coach=India’s First Ever Women’s Rugby Team To Cheer On.

In Entrepreneurs, India, Sports, Women's Issues on May 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

Rugby India will field its first ever Women’s Rugby Team to represent India at the Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament to be held in Thailand on 30 and 31 May. The team of 13 were picked from a talent search organized by Rugby India, the sport’s promoter. Some of them have been playing rugby for a few years, others have come to it only recently.

Via BBC: The team’s coach, Usaia Buimuiwai, is from Fiji. He says the standard of their game will go up as they play more tournaments. “Before long our female Team India could be winning more often than their male counterparts in cricket,” he jokes.

You Go Girls!!


Mr. Bachchan should not have refused the Australian Doctorate.

In Bollywood, India on May 30, 2009 at 7:15 am

News is that Amitabh Bachhan has refused an Australian Doctorate following the racially motivated ‘curry bashing’ attacks on Indian students in Australia.

There are times to take the moral high ground and stay away, and there are times to walk right into the lion’s den and stare it down. Amitabh should have accepted the degree and the opportunity to speak directly to the Australian people. Much like President Obama faced down the controversy headon at ASU and NotreDame by addressing the students (and the nation) directly. In doing so President Obama succeeded in making his opponents look petty and foolish.

It was a great opportunity (a) to be an ambassador for  India’s culture to the young Aussie students that might need this exposure, (b) while there a visit to Shravan Kumar would have gone a long way….both for Shravan, and to draw more attention to the issue of curry bashing, and finally, (c) why punish the Queensland University’s good intentions for the actions of a few ignorant racist aholes?


When It Rains It Pours Goodness For The Slumdog Millionaire Child Actors

In Entertainment, Hollywood, India on May 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Now that Danny Boyle has stepped up and offered the kids homes, the Maharashtra Government will not be outdone…they’ve alloted the kids homes too. Smacks of “Let it not be said we don’t take care of our own” attitude.

The Film Producers will spend $106,000 on the apartment, and the Government will spend $17,600.The Producers’ allotted homes are near the kids’ schools. The Governments allotted homes are on the outskirts of the city.

And for the rest of the unfortunates whose shanties were razed alongside the kids’? Tough luck. “Accommodating everybody is not possible,” said Chief Minister Chavan.

Better late than never…for now at least there seems to be a potentially happy ending to this saga. Whether the kids’ parents get their act together now is left to be seen.

Deep Thought: Why Are Bollywood’s Movie Titles Always Written In English?

In Bollywood, Entertainment, India on May 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm

36 Trafficked Children Rescued In New Delhi. “Sold for a price lesser than a goat”

In Human Rights, India, Legal, People Making A Difference on May 29, 2009 at 9:02 am

There are millions more to be rescued, but every single child rescued is a victory won. 36 children were rescued by the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement). One of the kids was bought for Rs. 500/- (appx $10…..yes that is Ten US dollars) from his father on promises of earning double that in the city. Instead the kids were found in an embroidery factory, allegedly working long hours without pay.

Kailash Satyarthi, Founder of BBA said “ What a paradox it is that on one hand India voted  for a good government where the power of youth is much celebrated, but on the other hand there are children and youth who are  trafficked for Rs 500 or 1000 and sold in a lesser price then a goat in the capital of India”. He further said “people who wear expensive heavy embroidered saree , lehanga and shervani in wedding festival and another auspicious occasions and also those who buy designers clothes from high street of London , Paris and New York must know that these clothes are not clean because they are produced by children in slavery”.

The BBA is a people’s movement supported by more than 70,000 individuals and 750 civil society organisations. Its core activities are run through a coalition of three NGOs; the Association of Voluntary Action, the Bal Ashram Trust and the Save the Childhood Foundation. BBA has around 100 staff working across India who are supported by many thousands of committed volunteers.