Last year, an estimated 3,500 Rohingya Muslims boarded wooden boats and set off from Bangladesh, across hundreds of miles of dangerous waters in the Bay of Bengal, in search of starting new lives in Malaysia or Indonesia. Hundreds of them never made it.
Aatish Taseer talks with The World's Marco Werman about his experiences with caste in modern-day India and describes one of the most revealing moments from his new book, "The Twice Born: Life and Death on the Ganges."
In early November, there was no escaping the fact New Delhi was facing a public health crisis. The city’s Air Quality Index, by some readings, soared as high as the maximum, 999. Schools were closed, questions of governmental competency were raised and high-level meetings were convened. Conditions have improved, but remain far from healthy. But you wouldn’t know it by observing daily life.
About 480,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since late August, fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar's Rakhine State. Sixty percent of them are children. Many are alone.
The flooding brought back memories of 2005 when around 37 inches of rain fell on Mumbai in just 24 hours, killing more than 1,000 people.
There are no official estimates on damage yet, but thousands of acres of farmland are devastated and more than 1,200 people have been killed in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
India has a new museum devoted to its Partition with Pakistan. Organizers say they want to collect stories from people not just in India, but Pakistan, Bangladesh and the diaspora.
India has for a long time prided itself on being a multi-faith, secular nation. But in many parts of the country, there is a battle for souls taking place.
Forget about cricket. Kabaddi is king in India.
The Indian government took 500 and 1,000 rupee notes out of circulation to crack down on tax evasion and corruption. But the people feeling it most are at the bottom of the economic ladder — women without bank accounts.