Sushmita Pathak

man at podium outside in the snow

India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state

Rahul Gandhi, head of India's opposition Congress party, started a unity march last September from the southern tip of the country, which ended on Monday. Gandhi is trying to drum up support for his party, opposition to the ruling BJP and, many observers say, trying to uphold democracy in the face of what's becoming an increasingly religious state.

India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state
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'
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

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

Hindu claims to Varanasi mosque stoke religious tensions in India
Sri Lankan fans take a selfie during a cricket match with Australia in Colombo.

'An air of hope': Sri Lankans see cricket as a welcome distraction from the country's economic, political woes

'An air of hope': Sri Lankans see cricket as a welcome distraction from the country's economic, political woes
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
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
A worker quenches his thirst next to power lines as a heatwave continues to lashes the capital, in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 2, 2022. 

Extreme heat in India spurred by rapid climate change 

South Asia is no stranger to extreme heat, with waves of varying intensities every year. But scientists say rapid climate change is making it worse. 

Extreme heat in India spurred by rapid climate change 
Members of the All India Insurance Employees' Association gather at LIC's office in Hyderabad in southern India to protest against the company's IPO, which they say goes against its ethos.

Life Insurance Corporation of India is a household name in the country. It could soon be India's largest-ever IPO.

The government is the sole owner of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, but that might change soon. The company is about to be listed on India’s stock exchange.

Life Insurance Corporation of India is a household name in the country. It could soon be India's largest-ever IPO.
Several men supervise a voter registration table adorned with BJP flags during the election in Uttar Pradesh.

A test for Hindu nationalism as India's biggest state goes to the polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party — known for its strong Hindu nationalist policies — is fighting to keep the state of Uttar Pradesh. With more than 150 million voters, the state is a barometer for national politics.

A test for Hindu nationalism as India's biggest state goes to the polls
robot insect

What can fly, swim and dive? This tiny robotic insect.

The latest iteration of “RoboBee” could someday be used in search and rescue operations, or environmental monitoring projects.

What can fly, swim and dive? This tiny robotic insect.
CA wildfire

After wildfires, health risks linger

After wildfires in California, the cleanup process poses another health hazard.

After wildfires, health risks linger
minke whale

In New York, a whale of a comeback story

When you think of New York wildlife, whales probably aren’t the first animals that come to mind — but they’re native to the waters around the city, and they're back.

In New York, a whale of a comeback story