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Viewing India’s Down and Out

Photo by Wen-Yan King There was a time not long ago when India was synonymous in the popular imagination of the west as a place of numbing poverty, streams of beggars and teeming slums. Now that t...
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India’s Louvre of Loos, its Tate of Toilets

You’ve heard of art and craft museums, textile museums, waxworks museums (Madame Tussaud’s), even those showcasing shoes (Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto). But India has its spec...
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Married, with AIDS

Radhika, 26, and her boyfriend Mohan, 32, are excited about their October marriage in the Mumbai suburb of Thane. They have booked a banquet hall, invited 500 guests, lined up the best florist in town and a couturier to do their wedding ensembles. Every...
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News of Her Own

Deep inside the cramped streets of the bustling Kamathipura district in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, an editorial meeting is in progress at the tiny office of a new magazine. The clatter of ke...
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Indian Men Put on a Pretty Face

Tall, dark and handsome? Make that tall, fair and handsome in India. While savvy brand managers have always cashed in on Indian women’s obsession for lighter skin by peddling a raft of `fairness’ products, they have now zeroed i...
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A Business School for the Indian Poor

In an age when business schools have become synonymous with stratospheric tuition fees and blue-chip faculties, the Mann Deshi Udyogini, or Udyogini Business School, which opened in January 200...
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Hidden Darkness: Child Sexual Abuse in India

After a brilliant 16-year-old New Delhi girl repeatedly complained last month that her mathematics teacher was “touching and fondling her private parts,” the upshot was a long way from...
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Pakistan is the Spanner in South Asia’s Works

Although the 14th summit of the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in New Delhi last week raised hopes hope that finally the politics and economics of the region would be transformed, it is going to take a long time. ...
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The developing world’s curse from deep wells

Sing Ingti, 39, a watchman at a local high school in Asom (formerly Assam) state in Northeast India, has been suffering from serious, ill-defined bodily pain since 1995.  His teeth are mottled, his leg...