Superstitions of Indian ruling class

Business tycoon Anil Ambani is rumoured to consult an astrologer before any major decision. Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal has a fixation on the Number 23. And liquor baron Vijay Mallaya doesn’t ever forget…

Superstition haunts a village

Residents fearing they angered the village god, swore off meat and alcohol and held vigils after five unexpected deaths at regular intervals. Rationalists in India despair at such beliefs.  Reporting from Amloha Village, India -…

Politicians worship animals to win polls

Bangalore: Political leaders worshipping Gods and Goddesses before filing their nomination papers to contest elections is common, but Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj and K Prabhakar Reddy, contesting the Lok Sabha elections from…

Superstition hinders healthcare in tribal areas

New Delhi, April 2: Thirty-five years ago, Hemalkasa village in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district had no power, no healthcare facilities and no road connection to the outside world.Today it has a hospital that serves 45,000 patients,…

Two monkeys tie the nuptial knot in Orissa

Bhubaneswar, Mar 26: In a bizarre ritual, locals tied the nuptial knot of two monkeys in Balasore district of Orissa. Thousands of villagers took part in this unusual marriage with lots of enthusiasm and zeal.…

Can cow's urine compete with Coke?

The Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — a paramilitary group of khaki short-shorts-wearing radicals that number in the millions — has come up with yet another bright idea to combat the creeping influence of globalization,…