March 2, 2019

“Borders are scratched across the hearts of men

By strangers with a calm, judicial pen.

And when the borders bleed we watch with dread

The lines of ink across the map turn red.”

This poem by Marya Mannes, apart from being stunningly beautiful, also lends to the title of a...

May 26, 2018

Governing the world’s largest democracy is no easy task. What’s more, winning the right to administer India has recently proved to be considerably challenging. Since 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party, led by the charismatic Narendra Modi, has governed India undisputed....

March 13, 2017

 Image: Creative Commons, Akshayapatra 

Last year, a 19-year old medical student in a large city in India, Pune committed suicide by jumping into the quarry waters of Vetal Tekdi. According to a note in her diary, she took the step after performing poorly in her co...

April 7, 2016

Photograph: Flickr, Mikhail Esteves

In 2014, two young girls in a small town approximately 120 miles away from New Delhi were abducted from their homes, raped and hung on the branches of a mango tree for the community to see. Why? Because they came from an "untouchable...

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