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A security personnel speaks to people from inside the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi, India

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says

A new BBC documentary looking at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role in the 2002 Gujarat riots has sparked controversy in India. The government is trying to ban it while students and activists are finding ways to watch it in defiance. Rana Ayyub, author of the book "Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up," discussed the situation with The World's host Marco Werman.

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says
An audience watches actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on the big screen.

This beloved Bollywood film gets a new life on Broadway

This beloved Bollywood film gets a new life on Broadway
Indian people hold placards and candles as they participate at a candle light vigil as they mark the first anniversary of a young woman's demise after the fatal gang rape, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 29, 2013.

A decade after the deadly assault of Jyoti Singh, has safety for women in India improved?

A decade after the deadly assault of Jyoti Singh, has safety for women in India improved?
Pregnant women hold their medical cards and wait for their turn to be examined at a government hospital on World Population Day in Hyderabad, India, Friday, July 11, 2014. 

As India becomes the world's most populous nation, engaging men in family planning ‘will be a game changer'

As India becomes the world's most populous nation, engaging men in family planning ‘will be a game changer'
In this September 1947 file photo, hundreds of Muslim refugees crowd on top a train leaving New Delhi for Pakistan.

State reformation: Part II

State reformation: Part II
Humanist Purnendu Goswami, 49, at his ashram in the pilgrimage town of Vrindavan, India. Goswami runs a school for underprivileged children on the ashram grounds.

‘Fanaticism is all about aggression’: One man's journey from a Hindu nationalist to a humanist

As a young man, Purnendu Goswami was a proud Hindu nationalist who went to extremes to promote his beliefs. Now 49, he describes himself as a humanist who practices “radical love."

‘Fanaticism is all about aggression’: One man's journey from a Hindu nationalist to a humanist
The Gaiety theatre in Shimla is a fine example of British colonial-era architecture

'It is a legacy': How British-era ghosts are kept alive in India's hill towns

The northern Indian hill towns — with their breathtaking views and lush cedar forests — became a favorite haunt of British high society. Reminders of that era still linger across the hill stations in the form of Gothic lodges, anglicized street names, churches — and ghosts.

'It is a legacy': How British-era ghosts are kept alive in India's hill towns
Kolkata's artists had to burn the midnight oil to get their Durga pujas ready early for the special art preview for visiting dignitaries. 

Art and religion remix at this goddess festival in Kolkata

The five-day Durga Puja festival brings the city of Kolkata, India, to a standstill as throngs of people visit elaborate temples to the Goddess Durga that spring up everywhere.

Art and religion remix at this goddess festival in Kolkata
A teacher oversees the nursery class in the corridor of the building of the school.

India’s young tech professionals head to rural schools to fill education gaps 

Increasingly, young professionals in India are volunteering to support rural education initiatives, helping children get back on track to recover learning lost during the pandemic.

India’s young tech professionals head to rural schools to fill education gaps 
An Aerial view shows Gyanvapi mosque, left, and Kashiviswanath temple on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi, India, Dec. 12, 2021.

Hindu claims to Varanasi mosque stoke religious tensions in India

Temple-mosque disputes have been flooding Indian courts in recent years. The current Gyanvapi mosque dispute stokes fear that violence could once again erupt between Hindus and Muslims over claims to the contested site.

Hindu claims to Varanasi mosque stoke religious tensions in India
A male African Cheetah named Dark is released at his enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad, India, May 12, 2012.

Cheetahs are being reintroduced to India after their extinction there 70 years ago

It is the first time a large carnivore is being moved from one continent to another and reintroduced into the wild.

Cheetahs are being reintroduced to India after their extinction there 70 years ago
Screenshot of "Pasoori" official music video from the Coke Studio, Season 14

'It is pure magic': Pakistani song 'Pasoori' climbs the charts in India and beyond

Since its February release, the song “Pasoori,” which translates to “difficulty” or “conflict” in Punjabi, has racked up more than 250 million views on YouTube and on Instagram.

'It is pure magic': Pakistani song 'Pasoori' climbs the charts in India and beyond
Activists from right-wing Hindu organization Bajrang Dal burn an effigy of Islamic terrorism during a protest against the Tuesday killing of Kanhaiya Lal, a Hindu man in a suspected religious attack in western Udaipur city of Rajasthan state, in Ahmedabad

'India is a tinderbox': Religious tensions come to a boiling point after brutal murder of Hindu tailor

“Religious polarization has been rising in India under [Narendra] Modi, who is seen as a Hindu nationalist leader,” journalist Sushmita Pathak told The World’s Marco Werman. 

'India is a tinderbox': Religious tensions come to a boiling point after brutal murder of Hindu tailor
A motorcyclists watches as an employee of a fuel stationin fills petrol, in Mumbai, India

India, China growing markets for shunned Russian oil

Oil sales to India, China and other Asian nations are boosting Russian export revenues at a time when Washington and its allies are trying to limit financial flows supporting Moscow's war effort in Ukraine.

India, China growing markets for shunned Russian oil
V Sailakshmi, 39, says sex work helped pay for her sister's wedding and for her father's funeral

'We are demanding full decriminalization': Sex workers in India rally for labor rights

Sex work is technically legal in India, but workers say they face stigma, harassment and violence — especially by the police. In recent years, sex worker collectives have formed to demand full decriminalization of sex work and recognition of their labor as worthy of protections and rights.

'We are demanding full decriminalization': Sex workers in India rally for labor rights