She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks
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Friday 15 May 2009
Near the end of Chowringhee, we hear a yarn from the old-timer Hobbs. This grizzled veteran of the Raj has memories of a Calcutta grand hotel, the Shahjahan - the story-stuffed centre of this banquet of a novel - that stretch back to "the eighth decade of the 19th century". Now, staying on in India after Independence, Hobbs remembers the career of an equally venerable bar manager, Sohrabji. This poor Parsi restored his fortunes by running raucous Calcutta drinking-dens. Hookers, soldiers and businessmen filled his pockets while he, sober and dutiful, would dream of his clever daughter's radiant future as a great professor. One day she turns up in the money-spinning dive and discovers, with horror, the tainted source of their respectable family life. Sohrabji's world collapses, while Hobbs's belief that "every brick in this hotel has a novel in it" is vindicated yet again.
Friday 20 March 2009
England injury doubts Toby Flood and Joe Worsley have both been passed fit to start against Scotland tomorrow.
Saturday 28 February 2009
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Saturday 06 December 2008
Indian police arrested two men accused of providing mobile phone cards to the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks, the first known arrests in the probe since the siege ended, police said today.
Wednesday 26 November 2008
Amid the heat and humidity of the monsoon season, Hannah Foster's parents sat in a packed room at the Press Club in Delhi and pleaded with the Indian media to help track down their daughter's killer.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/asian_confusion/index.html" target="_blank">Asian (con)Fusion: Bihar - the battle for survival</a>
Wednesday 10 September 2008
Those who survived the floods in Bihar are now involved in a desperate batttle for survival
Wednesday 03 September 2008
Violent clashes erupted in West Bengal today after India's top motor manufacturer announced it had ceased production of its revolutionary new 'Nano' car.
Sunday 31 August 2008
Up to 2,000 people are feared dead after a river changed course, flooding hundreds of villages in the Indian state of Bihar. Stranded villagers were surviving on uncooked rice mixed with dirty water, as authorities struggled to deliver aid to the displaced millions after the worst floods to hit the eastern state in 50 years.
Friday 29 August 2008
It is a landscape of despair. The carcasses of dead animals lie adrift in the flood water, rotting and stinking. Entire villages in one of India’s poorest states have been washed away and millions of people have been forced from their homes by the worst flooding in the region for 50 years.
Wednesday 11 June 2008
Tens of thousands of tourists were left stranded in India's main tea-growing region yesterday as ethnic Gurkhas demanding their own state announced an indefinite general strike and closed down the entire area.
Tuesday 08 April 2008
In the digital age of mega-pixels and photo-editing software, it's reassuring to discover that a photographic genius can be discovered in anyone.
Wednesday 20 February 2008
It is one of the deadliest creatures on the planet, capable of crunching through limbs with a single bite of its vice-like jaw, but look closely at the face of this majestic – and pregnant – royal Bengal tiger and it appears to be displaying not a deadly gnashing of its glistening teeth, but a triumphant smile.
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