It is not often that we see an Indian fashion brand taking center stage in world fashion. Despite the fact that the country hosts premium fashion training institutes and fashion designers, one does not find India-made high-end fashion labels. The reasons are many, including the absence of a credible platform support. With the ambition to change that equation Sanjay Sharma, the man who built the Swarovski brand in India, has begun his new venture named WHT'S IN. The challenge is to create and make 'Made in India' fashion brands popular across the country and worldwide. And with the background of the promoters, the target looks well in reach.
Events leading up to the tabling of the final draft of the UN resolution asking Sri Lanka to ensure better accountability and reconciliation as it continues to re-build after the conclusive end of the Tamil armed resistance seeking minority and separatist rights, suggest that DMK's pullout from the UPA government has overshadowed a more complex and devious picture. It warrants more soul-searching on part of India, the US, the EU, and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The 'watering down' of the draft may be indicative of collective guilt.
Today is Women's Day, and men and women are celebrating how special it is to be a woman, and their crucial role in any society. One of the over-riding sentiments on this day is the suggestion to men, said and unsaid, to be respectful to women and treat them as equal and even beyond. Indeed, we should and can. But what happens when this treatment gets a little one-sided? The matrilineal system and woman-centric customs of Khasis - one of the largest scheduled tribes in India - indicates that customs in which womens' rights dominate those of men - can lead to social and gender hostility and instability - just as when womens' rights and feelings are abused by men.
As the Dilli Ke Pakwaan Festival, which was organized from February 8 to 14 at Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place, New Delhi, comes to a close today, many stall owners have complained that owing to very high rent - they were forced to charge steep prices to recover costs. While their problems were compounded after the local police took bribes from them to allow them to operate, food-lovers complained that street food was not being sold at street-level prices.