Stories: India

  • Índia dará visto gratuito em Nova Délhi para brasileiros saindo do Nepal

    O governo brasileiro conseguiu obter da Índia a concessão gratuita no aeroporto de Nova Délhi de vistos para turistas que estejam saindo do Nepal. As negociações para exceção diplomática foram feitas pelas embaixadas em Katmandu e Nova Délhi para abrir uma nova rota de fuga...

  • Jews From Northeast India Seek Asylum in Israel

    Abel and Sharon Hangsingh and their children and grandchildren all waited for the sun to set over the rusting steel roofs of their modest Buelah Lane colony. It is an early sunset, as always in the far northeastern states. They lit two white candles, and when they could distinguish the first few stars in the clear valley sky, they gathered...

  • Gynaecologist? What Gynaecologist?

    I'm 35. I have a child. I don't have a gynaecologist. I certainly did not have a 'gynac' when I was younger—and going by conversations with friends, I'm not the only woman (educated, middle-upper class) to reach this late age without establishing a trusted gynaecologist. A question about this on the Facebook group Mums of Bangalore...

  • Indian Baby Showers Add Iron-Rich Nutritional Gift

    Indian women gather for godh bharai, a baby shower. Photo: Leon Kaye / International Reporting Project Three young women here hold court in the middle of the room, bedecked in their finest jewelry: necklaces, earrings, bangles. They haven't been this dressed up since their weddings. Lavish gold and red saris drape over them, nearly concealing their swollen bellies. ...

  • The Shock of Armour

    Over the last year, rape has been discussed more than before and behold! It is the dawn of a new age—of marketing. Not the police or the judiciary or the government, the ones quickest to action have been the product gurus, the advertisers. From TV commercials exhorting men to be "soldiers" who will protect us to companies designing...

  • Amid Traffic and Flowers, Myanmar Lays Guru S.N. Goenka to Rest

    Downtown Yangon’s famously snarled traffic came to a halt Tuesday morning to let a truck wreathed with pink lilies pass. It was carrying the ashes of S.N. Goenka, the noted meditation guru who died last week in Mumbai, India, at the age of 90. Goenka, whose signature 10-day silent retreats drew tens of thousands of people each...

  • Not Without a Shadow

    At the launch of a new maternity hospital last week, women paraded down a ramp. It was a fashion show "with a difference" as they like to put it—one in which the sashaying was bolstered by pregnant bellies and in one or two cases, babies in arms. As I sat in the darkened auditorium, I experienced the sort...

  • Fear and Loathing in North India’s Sugar Cane Town

    Zareena Khatun, 45, covered her head and part of her anguished face in a white scarf and her sun-battered hands worried a string of white prayer beads. Ms. Khatun sat on the floor of a madrasa in Bassi Kalan in Shamli district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which had been converted into a refugee camp. On Sept. 7, riots...

  • Teaching Our Boys

    Last week, sexual violence was at the top of our minds. Even as the four men convicted in the Delhi gang-rape case awaited their sentence, the UN released a report that said one in four men in the Asia-Pacific region had admitted to raping a woman once in their lives. If the statistics were horrifying, the reasons even more so:...

  • Zubin Mehta’s Concert Strikes A Discordant Note In Kashmir

    In Kashmir, the Shalimar Gardens of Srinagar, a relic of Mughal-era emperors, has been restored to its imperial tranquility with murmuring fountains, shallow pools and manicured beauty.                             Carrying much-coveted invitations to Bombay-born maestro Zubin Mehta's concert this weekend, the creamy layer of Delhi and...