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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.

How to Improve China-US Trust

US President Barack Obama stands with Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) during a State Arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 19, 2011. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Note: The following is from an Op-Ed published on The Diplomat by Asia Society Fellow Shen Dingli, Director for the Center of American Studies at Shanghai's Fudan University.

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.

Battle of the Banks: Bangladesh's Central Bank Fires Microfinance Pioneer Muhammad Yunus

Bangladesh's central bank fired Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus on Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011.
Business

Bangladesh's central bank has fired Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, the celebrated microfinance pioneer who started lending small sums of money at Grameen Bank almost 30 years ago.

China, Eyeing Mideast Revolts, Halts Even Minor Protests

Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US-China Relations Orville Schell explains how China's government is dealing with dissent on Feb. 28, 2011 (interview, below).
Policy

With the populist uprisings across the Middle East showing no signs of losing steam as they head into their third month, policy experts are keeping a close eye on China to see if and how the government there chooses to acknowledge the Arab world's political turmoil. So far, all indications seem to be that Beijing intends to keep a tight lid on political dissent.

Raymond Davis: A 'Disaster' for US-Pakistan Relations

Pakistani police escort arrested US national Raymond Davis (C) to a court in Lahore on Jan. 28, 2011. On Feb. 17 a Pakistan court adjourned until Mar. 14, without ruling whether the CIA employee accused by police of murdering two men qualifies for diplomatic immunity. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

As the Raymond Davis case drags on, a serious and urgent review of US-Pakistan relations is in order—on both sides.

New US Envoy Heads to Pakistan and Afghanistan

Policy An outline of some of the challenges facing the late Richard Holbrooke's successor.

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.

Democracy is More Than Just Deposing a Dictator

Military personnel re-enact the scene of the 1986 People Power revolution where civilians showed their support to military personnel who revolted against the Philippine dictator Marcos during the 25th anniversary of the People Power revolution in Manila on February 25, 2011. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The overthrow of a tyrant is probably only the beginning of a series of upheavals and crises