Amrit Dhillon

Amrit Dhillon

Amrit used to work for the BBC in London but decided to return to her country of origin, India, over 15 years ago. Apart from travel articles, she reports on every aspect of Indian society. Rajasthan is her favourite state because of the magnificence of its forts and palaces, the great Thar Desert, exquisite handicrafts, and a colour palette so glorious it can lift the lowest spirits.

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How food delivery man’s tragic road death struck heart of the India middle class dream

Salil Tripathi, a 36-year-old delivery rider in Delhi, was killed instantly when a car driven by a drunk policeman hit him. His death has touched many in India, where millions who dream of joining the middle class face considerable obstacles.

Salil Tripathi, a 36-year-old delivery rider in Delhi, was killed instantly when a car driven by a drunk policeman hit him. His death has touched many in India, where millions who dream of joining the middle class face considerable obstacles.

16 Jan 2022 - 4:24PM
Indian lawyers chip in for sisters’ college fees as father ‘pretending to be a pauper’, court hears

In India, lawyers do not enjoy widespread trust and respect. But a judge said the lawyers’ gesture towards the two sisters in this case ‘reassures society about the nobleness of the legal profession’.

In India, lawyers do not enjoy widespread trust and respect. But a judge said the lawyers’ gesture towards the two sisters in this case ‘reassures society about the nobleness of the legal profession’.

11 Jan 2022 - 1:26PM
India’s Muslim women journalists, academics and activists trolled by fake app listing them ‘for sale’

Outspoken women including Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi have been put up for ‘auction’ alongside misogynistic comments in the latest attack on India’s religious minorities.

Outspoken women including Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi have been put up for ‘auction’ alongside misogynistic comments in the latest attack on India’s religious minorities.

4 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
Coronavirus: India braces for third wave as Omicron fears cancel Christmas in New Delhi

Officials say they are ready for a surge in cases given Omicron’s seemingly milder symptoms when compared to the deadly Delta variant. But millions remain unvaccinated – and protection is waning even for those who are.

Officials say they are ready for a surge in cases given Omicron’s seemingly milder symptoms when compared to the deadly Delta variant. But millions remain unvaccinated – and protection is waning even for those who are.

23 Dec 2021 - 6:00PM
Will India’s plan to raise legal age of marriage for women bring real change?

The government has decided to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 in a push to ensure that girls complete their education and attain economic independence.

The government has decided to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 in a push to ensure that girls complete their education and attain economic independence.

17 Dec 2021 - 9:20PM
US firms love Indian tech bosses: are IITs and ‘jugaad’ the keys to their success?

Twitter’s Parag Agrawal is the latest India-born tech boss in Silicon Valley. Rigorous engineering colleges, intense competition and the ability to deal with ‘uncertainty and ambiguity’ may be factors behind their success, insiders say.

Twitter’s Parag Agrawal is the latest India-born tech boss in Silicon Valley. Rigorous engineering colleges, intense competition and the ability to deal with ‘uncertainty and ambiguity’ may be factors behind their success, insiders say.

4 Dec 2021 - 8:55AM
Explainer | Omicron travel restrictions: from Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, here’s what Asian countries are doing to fight the new coronavirus variant

From Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, This Week in Asia’s writers have the latest as countries across the region tighten entry requirements for travellers.

From Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, This Week in Asia’s writers have the latest as countries across the region tighten entry requirements for travellers.

2 Dec 2021 - 2:04PM
What one-child policy? As India’s population growth slows, China-style controls on births called into question

India’s total fertility rate has dropped below the so-called replacement level, government data shows – an achievement that advocates of its ‘voluntary’ approach to family planning say proves more coercive population control methods are not needed.

India’s total fertility rate has dropped below the so-called replacement level, government data shows – an achievement that advocates of its ‘voluntary’ approach to family planning say proves more coercive population control methods are not needed.

29 Nov 2021 - 7:12PM
From Singapore and Hong Kong to Malaysia, Philippines to India, how inflation and rising food costs are changing the face of hunger

In Malaysia, meat is off the menu. In India, lamp oil is used for cooking. And in the Philippines, the cost of your pizza could feed 150 people.

In Malaysia, meat is off the menu. In India, lamp oil is used for cooking. And in the Philippines, the cost of your pizza could feed 150 people.

6 Dec 2021 - 7:55AM
Indian PM Modi’s scrapping of contentious farm laws after months-long protests is a surprise climbdown

The win for protesters has sparked the question of why these surprise concessions were made. Analysts say it has to do with next year’s elections in populous states, including Uttar Pradesh.

The win for protesters has sparked the question of why these surprise concessions were made. Analysts say it has to do with next year’s elections in populous states, including Uttar Pradesh.

19 Nov 2021 - 9:49PM
Women teachers in Kerala needn’t wear a sari after winning minister’s backing

It’s official: teachers in the Indian state can now wear jeans if they want to.

It’s official: teachers in the Indian state can now wear jeans if they want to.

22 Nov 2021 - 9:06AM
Two Indian families are fighting over 19th century shipping magnate’s US$1 billion fortune and Saudi Arabia doesn’t know who to give it to

The money has been lying in a coffer for decades as neither the Saudi nor Indian governments seem able to adjudicate between the claims of two rival families.

The money has been lying in a coffer for decades as neither the Saudi nor Indian governments seem able to adjudicate between the claims of two rival families.

7 Nov 2021 - 8:42PM
Coronavirus: India knocks on doors, ropes in religious leaders as ‘vaccine truants’ hold off on 2nd dose

Indian officials are knocking on doors and roping in religious leaders to persuade partially vaccinated people to get their 2nd jabs.

Indian officials are knocking on doors and roping in religious leaders to persuade partially vaccinated people to get their 2nd jabs.

4 Nov 2021 - 1:37PM
Bollywood star’s Diwali firecrackers comment blows up culture wars against Muslims in India

Actor Aamir Khan was attacked online for ‘hurting Hindu sentiments’ in a Diwali TV ad, as Muslims feel increasingly targeted and marginalised in India.

Actor Aamir Khan was attacked online for ‘hurting Hindu sentiments’ in a Diwali TV ad, as Muslims feel increasingly targeted and marginalised in India.

28 Oct 2021 - 11:15PM
Death of two Americans by melioidosis – the ‘Vietnamese time bomb’ disease – linked to Indian aromatherapy spray sold in Walmart

Two Americans died from an obscure disease after being infected with a bacterium linked to an India-manufactured aromatherapy spray sold in Walmart.

Two Americans died from an obscure disease after being infected with a bacterium linked to an India-manufactured aromatherapy spray sold in Walmart.

28 Oct 2021 - 9:08AM
Covid-19 Delta subvariant: amid rising concerns in Britain, what was India’s experience like?

The subtype causing concern in Britain has ‘nothing to do’ with India’s experience of Delta Plus variants, an expert says.

The subtype causing concern in Britain has ‘nothing to do’ with India’s experience of Delta Plus variants, an expert says.

20 Oct 2021 - 10:58PM
Indian doctors save father-of-two by transplanting liver for a second time

In an incredibly rare procedure, doctors used a liver rejected by one transplant patient to save the life of a second.

In an incredibly rare procedure, doctors used a liver rejected by one transplant patient to save the life of a second.

14 Oct 2021 - 9:06PM
Death by snakebite: new murder weapon of choice in India

In the latest case in a disturbing new trend, a man starved a cobra for a week before unleashing it on his sedated wife. His previous attempt with a viper had failed.

In the latest case in a disturbing new trend, a man starved a cobra for a week before unleashing it on his sedated wife. His previous attempt with a viper had failed.

13 Oct 2021 - 7:58PM
For Narendra Modi’s re-election prospects, clean water in India is liquid gold

Although the next polls are three years away, the prime minister’s plan to supply water to every home is seen as his pitch for another term.

Although the next polls are three years away, the prime minister’s plan to supply water to every home is seen as his pitch for another term.

11 Oct 2021 - 10:14PM
India implements tit-for-tat Covid-19 quarantine for British passengers

The rules mirror those put in place by London for fully inoculated Indians – even though most of the country has been jabbed with British-developed Covishield.

The rules mirror those put in place by London for fully inoculated Indians – even though most of the country has been jabbed with British-developed Covishield.

5 Oct 2021 - 9:09PM
From Singapore and Malaysia to the Philippines, teachers say online learning left them struggling with mental health: ‘I dread going to school’

Thousands of teachers across Asia are struggling with their mental health as the switch to online learning brings new sources of stress and, for some, feelings of inadequacy and guilt.

Thousands of teachers across Asia are struggling with their mental health as the switch to online learning brings new sources of stress and, for some, feelings of inadequacy and guilt.

11 Oct 2021 - 8:17AM
Indians blast UK’s ‘racist’, ‘unscientific’ decision on Covid-19 quarantine for vaccinated travellers

Both have made widespread use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford jab for their vaccination drives, yet Indians travelling to the UK must undergo a 10-day quarantine, even if fully vaccinated.

Both have made widespread use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford jab for their vaccination drives, yet Indians travelling to the UK must undergo a 10-day quarantine, even if fully vaccinated.

21 Sep 2021 - 8:47PM
Brand Modi gets a boost as Indian PM turns 71 amid BJP’s mass adulation campaign

Modi’s three-week birthday bash will involve 50 million ‘thank you’ postcards, with a local columnist comparing it to the glorification received by Kim Jong-un.

Modi’s three-week birthday bash will involve 50 million ‘thank you’ postcards, with a local columnist comparing it to the glorification received by Kim Jong-un.

16 Sep 2021 - 11:41PM
‘Disney-fied’ revamp of India’s Jallianwala Bagh memorial sparks stormy debate

Embellishments such as disco-style strobe lights at the site of one of the bloodiest massacres in British colonial history have prompted outrage, but its defenders say there are now better views and new galleries.

Embellishments such as disco-style strobe lights at the site of one of the bloodiest massacres in British colonial history have prompted outrage, but its defenders say there are now better views and new galleries.

2 Sep 2021 - 10:15PM
India’s great coronavirus mystery: why so many cases in Kerala?

Is it the festivals, the population density, or a lax approach to quarantine? Or perhaps Kerala is simply honest about its figures, or so good at containing the disease last time round that too few people now have antibodies?

Is it the festivals, the population density, or a lax approach to quarantine? Or perhaps Kerala is simply honest about its figures, or so good at containing the disease last time round that too few people now have antibodies?

31 Aug 2021 - 10:03PM
India’s Supreme Court takes aim at politicians accused of crimes

In India, accusations of lawbreaking do not end political careers. In some cases, they launch them. Over 100 MPs are accused of crimes, some facing more than 200 cases.

In India, accusations of lawbreaking do not end political careers. In some cases, they launch them. Over 100 MPs are accused of crimes, some facing more than 200 cases.

12 Aug 2021 - 9:07PM
Rapist priest’s ‘ploy’ to marry victim, avoid jail spotlights misery faced by India’s sexual assault survivors

Women’s rights activists say the case of Robin Mathew, a former Catholic priest in Kerala, shows the ‘life of hell’ India’s unmarried rape survivors face.

Women’s rights activists say the case of Robin Mathew, a former Catholic priest in Kerala, shows the ‘life of hell’ India’s unmarried rape survivors face.

3 Aug 2021 - 10:36PM
Coronavirus: India’s doctors, judges fight to prevent third wave as states push ahead with religious gatherings

Kerala became the latest Indian state to loosen restrictions for a religious festival this week despite reporting rising case numbers.

Kerala became the latest Indian state to loosen restrictions for a religious festival this week despite reporting rising case numbers.

21 Jul 2021 - 10:09PM
‘India Out’: pro-China ex-president spurs on tourist boycott calls in the Maldives

A virulent anti-India campaign has sprang up in the tropical island nation – spurred on by its jailed, pro-China former president.

A virulent anti-India campaign has sprang up in the tropical island nation – spurred on by its jailed, pro-China former president.

20 Jul 2021 - 3:23PM
Cafe near India’s Taj Mahal run by acid attack survivors closes due to coronavirus pandemic

Sheroes Hangout near the Taj Mahal in Agra empowered women who had been disfigured, but has had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheroes Hangout near the Taj Mahal in Agra empowered women who had been disfigured, but has had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

14 Jul 2021 - 8:45PM