India Around the World

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Monday, March 23, 2009

On today’s show: learn how Indian leaders are coping with the problems of modernization. Then, a look at the Indian diaspora on five continents. And while we’re on the subject, we’ll also encounter the diaspora of Iranian poets. Plus, a discussion about the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, some 15 years after it went into effect.

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Imagining India

India's economic boom has triggered a series of social, political, and cultural changes that will alter the country forever. According to Nandan Nilekani, India's future depends not just on this economic growth but also on reform and innovation in all sectors of public life. His book, Imagining India, traces ...

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Leaving India

Former San Jose Mercury News reporter Minal Hajratwala talks about of the Indian diaspora experience through a part-personal, part-reported story of her extended family in Leaving India. Beginning with her great-grandfather's flight from British-occupied India to Fiji, Hajratwala follows her ancestors across the twentieth century to explain how they ...

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The Iranian Poet Diaspora

Translator Niloufar Talebi has united Iranian poets scattered across the globe for a new anthology Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World.

Event: Niloufar Talebi will be talking about and showing footage from her theater projects, ICARUS/RISE, based on the poetry in Belonging
Thursday, March 26th, at ...

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been part of the military for 15 years now and Pres. Obama has said it’s time to repeal it. Drawing on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Nathaniel Frank claims "don’t ask, don’t tell" is damaging, not only to ...

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