The Flying Lotus blog has only older posts. but has some good cultural stuff despite the fact that it is sponsored by a tour company.
This one is about Buddhism and the environment link.
Buddhism stresses desire is bad, and so you try to get along and live in peace. this includes protection of all life. However it also means you don't show anger and tend people what you think they want to hear, in order to live in peace with them.
the CIA factbook is a good place to start for hard information.
and the Maoists have caused havoc in nearby Nepal and tribal areas of eastern India. This group had been causing trouble in the refugee camps in the past, but the most recent report I found is HERE.