Society

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India’s Pink Posse

  Banda, a blip on India’s vast geographic radar, is one of the country’s poorest and most regressive districts. Located in the heart of the populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh, t... Read More...
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Banking on the Sex Trade

  Kolkata-based Aditi Biswas, 29, was keen to turn entrepreneur and run her own grocery. There was one problem. Aditi was working as a prostitute and the neighborhood banks she approached for l... Read More...
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Malaysia does an Allah Climb Down

In the face of widespread adverse public reaction, the Malaysian government has backed away from canceling the publishing license of a Roman Catholic newspaper for using the word “Allah” interch... Read More...
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Searching for Taslima

Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasreen was flown out of Calcutta on Nov. 21 after violent Muslim protests over her books and speeches resulted in injuries to 43 people and arrests of more... Read More...
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The Day the Stars Fell on Tokyo

The telephones are still ringing in Tokyo's top restaurants three weeks after Michelin published its first Asian dining guide, Tokyo Guide, 2008, and awarded the city nearly three times as ... Read More...
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India’s Classrooms Without Borders

Every day at 3am, with the stars still stippling a dark, phosphorescent sky, Madhur Kapdi drives to his office in suburban Bangalore, India’s information-technology crucible, for work. After greeti... Read More...
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A Buddhist Tends to her Flock in Taiwan

Tzu-Chi temple and hospital, Hualien, Taiwan At 4 am each day, a 70-year-old Buddhist nun rises from her sleep and leads 150 nuns in prayer in a modest wooden temple on the east coast of Taipe... Read More...