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Afghan refugees in India and Indonesia speak out: ‘am I a human or not?’

Aasad’s 5-year-old brother was beaten to death; Bibi fled her teaching work; Sahil got one of the last planes out of Kabul. Now they’re safe but haunted by what may happen to those they left behind.

Aasad’s 5-year-old brother was beaten to death; Bibi fled her teaching work; Sahil got one of the last planes out of Kabul. Now they’re safe but haunted by what may happen to those they left behind.

22 Aug 2021 - 10:16AM
When author V.S. Naipaul stayed on Kashmir’s Dal Lake, and the unfortunate fate of his beloved Hotel Leeward

Nobel Prize-winning author recuperated at the tiny Hotel Liward in Kashmir while writing his travelogue An Area of Darkness. He returned to the expanded and renamed hotel in 1989, the son of its owner recalls.

Nobel Prize-winning author recuperated at the tiny Hotel Liward in Kashmir while writing his travelogue An Area of Darkness. He returned to the expanded and renamed hotel in 1989, the son of its owner recalls.

16 Aug 2021 - 12:15PM
India’s forgotten lepers have been quarantined all their lives

Despite medical advances in the treatment of leprosy, patients still endure the social stigma associated with the disease.

Despite medical advances in the treatment of leprosy, patients still endure the social stigma associated with the disease.

29 May 2021 - 11:32PM
Unjustly jailed in India, Mohammed Ali Bhat’s ordeal highlights plight of Kashmiris

Bhat spent 23 years in prison after being falsely accused of terrorism – one of thousands from the region rights groups say have been jailed on suspicion and fabricated evidence.

Bhat spent 23 years in prison after being falsely accused of terrorism – one of thousands from the region rights groups say have been jailed on suspicion and fabricated evidence.

22 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM
Your ‘handmade’ pashmina shawl could be made by machine – one that is costing artisans their livelihoods

Pashmina shawl weavers and artisans in Kashmir in India say they are being unlawfully replaced by machine looms and that government corporations are selling machine-made pashminas and passing them off as handmade.

Pashmina shawl weavers and artisans in Kashmir in India say they are being unlawfully replaced by machine looms and that government corporations are selling machine-made pashminas and passing them off as handmade.

21 Jul 2020 - 8:56AM
Indian sex worker in GB Road, New Delhi’s main red light district, tells her story of pain and loss

Rekha is one of more than 5,000 women working on the notorious Garstin Bastion Road in India’s capital New Delhi. The sex workers have little chance of escape, and many were kidnapped and sold to brothel owners.

Rekha is one of more than 5,000 women working on the notorious Garstin Bastion Road in India’s capital New Delhi. The sex workers have little chance of escape, and many were kidnapped and sold to brothel owners.

4 Dec 2019 - 1:16PM