Entries in India (4)


Oprah Winfrey's India Special Draws Criticism

Ramesh Sharma/India Today Group/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey took OWN viewers to a land far away in an Oprah's Next Chapter special on India this past weekend, and ended up receiving criticism from other viewers who watched the two-hour special as it was simulcast on Discovery Channel India. Some DCI viewers said Oprah seemed "arrogant" and "ignorant."

Winfrey, with cameras in tow, trekked to a slum in Mumbai and also attended an upscale Bollywood party hosted in her honor. Some viewers criticized Oprah for asking dinner guests, “I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still?”

In an open letter on CNN-IBN, a news website jointly run by CNN and Network18, Rituparna Chatterjee complained, “We are used to gross Western ignorance regarding our ancient country. But as a responsible public figure about to air a show that will be beamed across the world, you should have done your homework."

It was the slum visit that rubbed writer Rajyasree Sen the wrong way. "[Oprah] marveled at how all their clothes fit onto a small shelf. She pointedly avoided any mention of the massive LCD TV, which adorned their wall. That would have killed the sob story.”  Sen called the special "unaware" and "ignorant."

Winfrey and OWN have not responded to the viewer complaints.

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James Bond Finds Trouble in India

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(MUMBAI) -- Production of the next James Bond film may move to South Africa.

The Times of India reports the filmmakers behind the Daniel Craig movie have apparently been blocked from using trains in Mumbai for a key sequence, so they may pack up their movie-making toys and leave.

"South African authorities are waiting to provide everything that is required to support this movie," a source tells The Times.

The 23rd James Bond adventure -- the long-anticipated follow-up to 2008's Quantum of Solace -- is still set to premiere in November of next year.

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Paul McCartney Asks Indian Prime Minister to Establish Meat-Free Day

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Paul McCartney wrote a letter to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, urging him to declare Jan. 12 "a "Meat-Free Monday" in that country.

In the letter, which was provided to ABC News Radio by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, McCartney writes, "Would you please think about declaring one day every year -- perhaps Jan. 12, the anniversary of PETA's India founding -- [as] a day to celebrate vegetarianism and compassion towards animals? would be a celebration of life -- all life."

McCartney also urges the prime minister to watch an expose of the meat industry which he narrated, and which was just released in India.

McCartney also made sure to add, "India has held a very special place in my heart since my first visit to your country many years ago."  That, of course, was in 1968, when he and the rest of The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Ringo Starr famously went back home after 10 days because he didn't like the food.´╗┐

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Katy Perry, Russell Brand Say 'I Do'

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(INDIA) -- Actor Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry tied the knot Saturday night in India.

The private ceremony was held at a luxury resort in the northern part of the country among the couple's closest family and friends, according to People magazine.

A source told People the nuptials were complete with a traditional Indian-style procession that featured Indian instruments, Rajasthani folk music and elephants.

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