Sonia Paul

Sonia Paul is an independent journalist, radio producer and contributing editor at MediaShift.org. She is a senior fellow with the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She's on Twitter @sonipaul.

Sonia Paul is an independent journalist, radio producer and contributing editor at MediaShift.org. She is a senior fellow with the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She's on Twitter @sonipaul.

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In limbo, some families in the US with H-1B visas begin to make other plans

The federal government is resolute that it will end a program that gives spouses of H-1B visa holders authorization to work. They just haven't said when.

In limbo, some families in the US with H-1B visas begin to make other plans

Beyoncé and the Bible

Beyoncé and the Bible
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The children of H-1B visa holders are growing up — and still waiting for green cards

The children of H-1B visa holders are growing up — and still waiting for green cards
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Proposed changes to the H-1B visa program could put many women back into a 'golden cage'

Proposed changes to the H-1B visa program could put many women back into a 'golden cage'
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How Donald Trump ended up at a Bollywood-themed Hindu rally in New Jersey

How Donald Trump ended up at a Bollywood-themed Hindu rally in New Jersey
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From Black Lives Matter, activists for India's discriminated Dalits learn tactics to press for dignity

To talk about sexual violence in India without mentioning caste would be like talking about rape during the time of slavery without mentioning slavery. The struggles and centuries-old discrimination and indifference of India's Dalits floored their American colleagues.

From Black Lives Matter, activists for India's discriminated Dalits learn tactics to press for dignity
A group of young girls makes a list of questions on menstruation after watching a film about the issue.

A subject so taboo that rural Indians only use its initials

How do you teach girls about something so taboo that no one — not even their mothers — will discuss? In traditional, rural India, instructors use games, films, and conversation to help female students understand what's going on with their bodies, especially menstruation. And that knowledge can be the start of other changes in how they see their roles in school and beyond.

A subject so taboo that rural Indians only use its initials
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India blocks the release of controversial Delhi gang rape documentary — on Indian TV and on YouTube

YouTube took down copies of a highly controversial BBC documentary about the 2012 gang rape in New Delhi Wednesday and Thursday after Indian government officials blocked "India's Daughter" from airing on television or being excerpted in print. The director has appealed to the prime minister, saying “India should be embracing this film — not blocking it with a knee-jerk hysteria without even seeing it."

India blocks the release of controversial Delhi gang rape documentary — on Indian TV and on YouTube
Indian street sign in four languages: Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu.

India's new leader favors the Hindi language, which is a problem for the country's 50 million Urdu speakers

Hindi and Urdu are similar when spoken. But they use different scripts-- and have been cultural and religious symbols.

India's new leader favors the Hindi language, which is a problem for the country's 50 million Urdu speakers