Reacting to ban on her book, 'The Hindus: An alternate History', the author, Wendy Doniger wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times March 05. She wrote, "The Victorian Protestant British scorned Hinduism's polytheism, erotic sculptures, spirited mockery of its own gods and earthy mythology as filthy paganism. They also preferred the texts created and perpetuated by small, upper-caste male elite, and regarded as beneath contempt the vast oral and vernacular literatures enriched and animated by the voices of women and lower castes. It is this latter, "alternative" Hinduism that my book celebrates throughout Indian history."
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Biswal, wrote an Op-Ed piece in the Times of India on March 4, calling for a broader and deeper Indo-US relationship. Her job, as of now, appears to be to move forward and carry on the assessment made by the US Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to India July last year. Biden then hoped that the US and India would shape peace and prosperity in the 21st century. He called for increased trade relationship with India.
The Bombay High Court observed that if a man even keeps his hand on the shoulder of a woman, it was for the lady to comment on the nature of the touch, whether it was friendly, brotherly, fatherly or otherwise. It was hearing a complaint over the charges of molestation of a girl student put up by her family against an owner of a popular chain of the coaching classes in the city.
The US Defense Secretary Charles Timothy Hagel addressed a news conference on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. He asked Russia to be transparent in its ongoing military exercise, which it announced only on Wednesday, and also to respect Ukraines sovereignty. Formally, on the same day, the White House and the State Department urged restraints from all the concerned sides.