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For the 21st Century: More Female Voices at the Table

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai
Policy

On March 8, 2011 over 100 countries celebrated International Women's Day, and throughout March, hundreds of events will not only mark the accomplishments of women but also raise awareness about women’s rights issues.

While celebrating and reflecting, Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says we must also "remind ourselves of the dramatically changed context of the world in the early decades of the 21st century and its implications for women."

Mothers of A Hundred Sons: India's Dying Daughters

In Varanasi, India, Hinduism's holiest city, a widow begs on the streets in a white sari. According to tradition she must remain here until her death. (Shreeya Sinha)
Lifestyle

Note: The following story was published on MediaStorm by Asia Society Producer Shreeya Sinha, who reported, shot video, and field-produced 'Undesired' by photographer Walter Astrada, winner of the 68th Pictures of the Year International for Multimedia Issue Reporting. 

India's Women: Equal Partners... Sometimes

An Indian woman carries firewood on her head as she walks past an advertisement billboard in Siliguri on March 7, 2011 on the eve of International Women's Day. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle parity in the workplace has become India's issue of the moment.

The 2011-12 Indian Budget: Hit or Miss?

Policy

MUMBAI, March 4, 2011 - The Indian national budget was released two weeks ago, eliciting both praise and criticism. On the heels of massive scams within government departments (the 2G spectrum scam estimated at 1.7 trillion rupees, and the Commonwealth Games scam estimated at 80 billion rupees) and inflation woes, the government was keen to deliver a balanced and forward-looking budget.

Indians Worldwide Fondly Remember 'Uncle Pai'

Amar Chitra Katha's adaptation of the <em>Bhagavad Gita</em> is one of its perennial best-sellers.
Arts

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MUMBAI, February 28, 2011 - Anant Pai, creator of India's hugely popular Amar Chitra Katha comics, passed away here on February 24, at the age of 81.

Egypt's Revolt, Part II: A Role Model in India?

Policy

In light of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and Egypt, pundits across India are questioning whether similar protests can happen in India, where statistics of growth rate, inflation, and unemployment bear similarities.

New Film 'Dhobi Ghat' Has Mumbaikars Buzzing

Poster art for Kiran Rao's <i>Dhobi Ghat</i> (2011).
Arts

A new film has Mumbaikars buzzing about the way they're portrayed onscreen.

Should Australia Sell Uranium to Energy-Hungry India?

Policy

Revelations of secret negotiations.

Ridding India of Firenghis? New Visa Policy Ousts Foreigners Earning Less Than $25k

Policy

The Indian government recently began enforcing a mandate that foreign nationals working in the country must earn above $25,000.

Indonesian Sex Tape Scandal and Morality in Asia

Indonesian Muslim group members clash with supporters of Indonesian rock star Nazril Ariel     outside the court house in West Java on January 31, 2011 after it was announced that he would serve three and a half years in jail over sex tapes. (Bay Ismoyo /AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

One of Southeast Asia's biggest rock stars, Nazril ''Ariel'' Irham, was sentenced to three and a half years in jail and fined US $27,692 on Monday, over personal sex videos.