Indian Patronage Subverts the Rule of Law

No country is immune from patronage systems and the related endemic corruption. In the United States, the term "Tammany Hall" brings to mind governmental benevolence dispensed on an uneven playing field in exchange for money or favors. Even today, there are large municipalities run by machines...

Human Rights Violations Served With Tea

Imagine you were born the child of a tea plucker on a plantation in India. Your parents are functional illiterates who work long hours for less than USD $2 per day to feed the family. If your family is lucky, you will be able to eat just enough to live but remain malnourished. If one of the unfortunate...

Rights group: India's Maoist fight hurts activists

NEW DELHI (AP) - For more than 15 years, activist Himanshu Kumar worked to bring food and health programs to the largely tribal areas of the Indian state of Chattisgarh, the epicenter of a Maoist rebellion against the government. But in 2009, when he loudly complained about Full version (available...