Andrew North

Andrew North South Asia correspondent

Come here for my latest thoughts and reflections on India and the rest of South Asia

The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city goes green

  • 28 November 2014
  • From the section Magazine
Lucky on his rounds

India's prime minister has ordered a drive to rid the streets of rubbish, but his Clean India campaign could spell the end for Delhi's army of informal rubbish collectors. I went to speak to them, with my sketchpad.

"Junk, bring out your junk," Lakhan Singh calls out, as he makes his daily bike round of one of Delhi's plushest neighbourhoods.

But no-one responds from behind the dense shrubs and high walls.

These leafy avenues of colonial-era bungalows were once his best source of saleable rubbish. But his bike rack, strapped with collection sacks, is empty.

Lakhan Singh, known as Lucky, is one of Delhi's army of informal waste collectors or kabadi wallahs - long a fixture of the city's street life and essential to the battle with rubbish in the absence of a comprehensive city-wide collection regime.

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Why are India's air force planes falling out of the sky?

  • 16 October 2014
  • From the section India
Indian Air Force"s C-17 Globemaster III, center, with Sukhoi Su-30MKI flies in formation whiles displaying aerial demonstration during Air Force Day at the air force station in Hindon near New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
Sukhoi 30 planes belonging to India's air force fly in formation with a Globemaster III

Are India's ageing air force planes falling out of the sky?

All air forces have accidents, but accounts of Indian warplanes crashing on training flights have become almost routine news.

Read full article Why are India's air force planes falling out of the sky?

Narendra Modi lawsuit revisits Gujarat riots on US visit

  • 27 September 2014
  • From the section Asia
Narendra Modi (right) walks the streets of Manhattan
Narendra Modi is making a string of high-profile appearances while in the US

The lawsuit charging India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi with crimes against humanity during the 2002 Gujarat riots was timed to cause maximum embarrassment during his five-day American charm offensive.

With US officials making clear Mr Modi has immunity as a head of government while on American soil, it's likely to be little more than an irritant in the short term.

Read full article Narendra Modi lawsuit revisits Gujarat riots on US visit

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

  • 13 September 2014
  • From the section India
Aerial view of flood-affected residents in the compound of their home- Pakistan 12 September
For most of the year there is little rain, but the monsoon floods can be devastating

After yet another devastating flood, experts say that what Pakistan and India need to do is build more dams and reservoirs.

It makes these annual disasters all the more tragic that for most of the year both countries have little rain.

Read full article Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

Pakistan floods: The villagers trapped and praying

  • 9 September 2014
  • From the section Asia

Rescuers in Pakistan are trying to reach hundreds of thousands of people cut off by floods which have destroyed homes and large areas of farmland. The BBC's Andrew North joined emergency teams in one of the worst-hit areas in Punjab province.

The first sign of human life in Kotla Nek Ahmed village is the angular tips of three tombstones.

Read full article Pakistan floods: The villagers trapped and praying

Al-Qaeda eyes India in jihadi battle of the brands

  • 4 September 2014
  • From the section India
Indian muslims prepare for pilgrimage to Mecca, 3 September 2014
Despite having 10% of the world's Muslims to recruit from, al-Qaeda has made no headway in India

In the global battle of jihadi brands, Osama Bin Laden's successor appears to be trying to win back ground from Islamic State (IS).

Al-Qaeda has never had any success recruiting from India, despite its huge 180 million-strong Muslim population.

Read full article Al-Qaeda eyes India in jihadi battle of the brands

Murder charge no bar for Modi's aide Amit Shah

  • 11 July 2014
  • From the section India
Amit Shah (left) with Narendra Modi
Amit Shah (left) is a close aide of Narendra Modi (right)

It was a hard road for Prashant Dayal to realise his dream of becoming a journalist.

After flunking his school exams, his parents nearly threw him out.

Read full article Murder charge no bar for Modi's aide Amit Shah

All hues or some shades in North Waziristan?

  • 2 July 2014
  • From the section Asia

The BBC has obtained exclusive footage of the aftermath of Pakistani air strikes against the Taliban in North Waziristan - but some say it's still protecting certain militants it has supported in the past.

Major General Asim Bajwa painted a clear picture.

Read full article All hues or some shades in North Waziristan?

Cola and ketchup with one of America’s most wanted

  • 30 June 2014
  • From the section Asia

For a man with a $10m (£5.8m) US bounty on his head and any American assets of his organisation frozen, Hafiz Saeed seems to take a very relaxed approach towards American companies.

When we sit down in one of his offices which doubles as a madrassa, his aides bring bottles of Coca-Cola and a big pack of Heinz Ketchup to go with a plate of chicken drumsticks.

Read full article Cola and ketchup with one of America’s most wanted

Why India-Pakistan friendship still looks a long way off

  • 26 June 2014
  • From the section India
Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi
The Sharif-Modi meeting was a "clear signal" that the two countries are willing to resume dialogue

It started with a handshake, followed by gifts for their mothers - a shawl from Narendra Modi and a sari in return from Nawaz Sharif.

Then came warm words between the two prime ministers on social media and in old-fashioned letters.

Read full article Why India-Pakistan friendship still looks a long way off

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About Andrew

Andrew is the BBC's South Asia correspondent based in Delhi and covering India and its neighbours.

He has previously reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the United States.

His BBC career started as a producer at the World Service, when only a select few had email and the word blog had yet to be invented.

Andrew's life in journalism began on his student newspaper while doing a geography degree at the University of London.

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