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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...
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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...
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India’s Press Comes Under Fire

  Should the media repeatedly show the image of a young girl who was stripped naked, chased and humiliated by thugs in a city street during broad daylight? Should the picture of the girl, with some portions blurred, be printed in the front pa...
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Indian Justice Delayed is Indian Justice Denied

In what must be a judicial record anywhere, courts across India on a single day, October 24, handed out life sentences to 60 people in four different cases – although there is no sign tha...
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In India, a Tibetan Can Only Wait

 photo by Derrick Chang Palden, who like many Tibetans goes by a single name, was a teenage monk when he was arrested in 1992 along with 16 others for staging a small demonstration on the main s...
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Industry Comes Calling for India’s Housewives

Reena Dewan, 46, was thrilled to receive an interview call from a multinational for a post as their sales manager. “I’d applied for the job months ago but soon forgot about it, thinking some cool dude must have bagged it,” said Dean, a ...
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India’s Burma Problem

  The carnage in Burma after the junta cracked down on widespread protests in September and October appears to be stirring unrest in India’s own remote northeastern states. Surrounded by...
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India’s Asian Ambitions Face Risks at Home

With the political fate of Australian Prime Minister John Howard hanging by a thread, and the departure early last month of Shinzo Abe from Japan's political stage, the "conservative sprin...
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Wedding Wows!

Namrata Kaur of Mumbai married her childhood sweetheart Vijay Kalra in September in a burst of bling and blazing lights. About a thousand guests participated in her five-day wedding extravaganza featuring elephants, horses, chariots, 26 types of cu...
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India’s IT Sector Needs to Reboot

  After spectacular tenfold expansion over the last decade, India’s vaunted information technology juggernaut is slowing, a victim of rising wages, an appreciating rupee, slowing exports to...