Off The Chorten, Chowderhead
India may be behind China on most counts, but there’s one parameter it’s ready to zoom ahead on—the worst tourists. The latest in the hall of shame is a biker from Maharashtra who clambered atop a holy chorten (stupa) in Bhutan, provoking outrage in the Buddhist nation as well as on social media in India. Lately, Bhutan has been trying to rein in Indian visitors, who have few restrictions compared to other tourists who must spend a minimum of $250 a day in the country. As elsewhere, Indians trash the ecologically fragile nation and do not respect local customs. And now, with such sacrilegious antics, we may soon find ourselves unwelcome in yet another nation in the neighbourhood.
Pugilists Punch Out In Poll Season
The election campaign in Haryana lacks the punch of polls past. The reason? Fewer pehelwans are signing up as musclemen for party leaders. And politicians are partly to blame for this. With increasing government support for sports, better infrastructure, generous rewards and bestowal of government jobs on achievers, wrestlers are focusing on their training rather than petty politicking. At an akhara in Rohtak, 170 wrestlers found employment in various government departments over the past 12 years. Only those who fail to perform in the ring now take up jobs as bodyguards.
Pedagogic Charades And Burqa Babes
After having installed a solar panel, built a washroom and purchased new furniture, Muzafar Shah, a district councilor in...