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India gets ready for 'Third Front' in polls

Indian voters cast their ballots in round one of parliamentary elections on Thursday amid Maoist violence that left at least 17 dead. In the first of five phases, over 140 million people voted in large swathes of northern and eastern India, including impoverished rural areas affected by violent insurgencies.

'Smoke Signals' director Chris Eyre finds a new creative outlet

Los Angeles, CA - Multi-award winning Native American director/producer Chris Eyre brings an indie director's sensibility to prime time television in the third season of NBC's 'Friday Night Lights.'

Blogging from India #8 — India's neighbors: South Asia update

Historic elections in this impoverished Hindu kingdom will take place April 15. The monarchy, which has ruled Nepal for more than 200 years, is expected to be abolished and a parliamentary form of democracy will take its place.

Blogging from India #5 Communist Party of India (Marxist) meets

COIMBATORE, India — In a city at the center of India’s textile industry — one that is full of working class history and struggle — the Communist Party of India (Marxist) concluded its six-day congress April 3 with a mass rally of close to 200,000 people.

Namesake challenges melting pot myths

The director of “The Namesake,” Mira Nair, seems to be making a deliberately foreign film in America. The film is based on the 2004 novel of the same title by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Watershed in India's history

May 2004 might be a watershed for contemporary Indian history. The Indian electorate marched into the voting booth and ejected the coalition government led by the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

India's right wing implicated in violence

NEW DELHI, India – More than 500 people have died as a result of riots here last week. A dozen Islamic houses of worship have been razed and more than 70 people – including children – were burned alive. Among those burned was a former Member of Parliament and his family of six, according to the newsmagazine Ganashakti.