India Insight

from Photographers' Blog:

From man into woman

May 21, 2012

By Adnan Abidi

Hardeep Singh, a father of two, leaves his home in west Delhi every day at around 2 p.m. Dressed in a pair of light trousers and a shirt, he reaches a local charity, where he undresses to reveal his female clothes underneath and transforms into Seema.

from The Human Impact:

Does marriage stop prostitution? Indian village thinks so

April 26, 2012

Is marriage a guarantee that a woman won't be prostituted?

It's a question that played heavily on my mind recently when I went to the remote village of Wadia in India's western region of Gujarat to cover a mass wedding and engagement ceremony of 21 girls, which was aimed at breaking a centuries-old tradition of prostitution.

from The Human Impact:

Undernourished and anaemic – the plight of India’s teen girls

April 26, 2012

The U.N.'s latest report on the state of the world's 1.2 billion adolescents gives food for thought, especially on the plight of India's girls aged between 10 and 19.

Did pro-India militias kill Western tourists in Kashmir?

April 18, 2012

A government human rights commission in Kashmir on Tuesday evening said it will review records from the 1995 abduction of Western tourists after a new book claimed that four of six foreign tourists were murdered by a pro-India militia to discredit India’s arch-rival Pakistan.

Budget in a bunker

March 16, 2012

The leather briefcase that the finance minister holds up for the cameras before he delivers the budget in parliament is one of the most curious hangovers from British colonial times.

from Photographers' Blog:

Privileged witness to the start of life

March 6, 2012

By Vivek Prakash

It's an experience I will never forget. I have no children of my own, but when the day does come, maybe I'll be just a little bit more prepared for it.

Bollywood stars kick up a fuss with real-life rumpus

February 24, 2012

Pow! Biff! Bang! Dishoom! Real life action by Bollywood celebrities has caught the nation’s eyeballs. Shah Rukh Khan was accused of roughing up Shirish Kunder some days ago and made ripples as he brought the media’s gaze from corruption scams and the election circus to the one thing that never fails to draw attention — a spicy brawl.

Human waste corroding Indian railway network

By Atish Patel
February 22, 2012

Human faeces is scattered across India’s 64,400 kilometres of rail lines.

One of the world’s largest surface transport networks, carrying 30 million people and 2.8 tonnes of goods daily, is being downed by those using it.

India, Pakistan find common cause in shoddy national carriers

February 16, 2012

The two are nuclear-armed, arch rivals often threatening the stability of South Asia and with little common ground, but the sorry state of their national carriers puts India and Pakistan on the same pedestal.

Love is in the air for Indians as V-Day police keep away

February 14, 2012

Conservative right-wing activists in India have their own version of how Valentine’s Day should be celebrated, if at all.