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In Delhi's Prison, Business as Usual

Prisoners gathered at Tihar Jail, Delhi, India in October, 2007. (Stand Up and Take Action/Flickr)

Asia's largest prison, Delhi's Tihar Jail is notorious for its overcrowding and tough criminals, but a new business endeavor may help inmates with a sense of self-worth.

Taking its first step into online retailing, the Indian capital's Tihar Jail is offering goods over the Internet made by inmates, including murderers and kidnappers, producing a wide variety of baked goods, furniture, weaving, tailoring, oil extraction, paper, and shoes.

Photo of the Day: Monkey Business in Pakistan

An illegal street performer coaxes a goat to perform for children in the Sadiq Abad neighbourhood, Rawalpindi, Punjab province Pakistan on November 1, 2010.

An illegal street performer coaxes a goat to perform for children in the Sadiq Abad neighbourhood, Rawalpindi, Punjab province Pakistan on November 1, 2010.

Holbrooke: Afghan Talks Not "Negotiation"


Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the former Asia Society Chairman who is now the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke to NPR on Monday about the possibility of peace talks in Afghanistan.

After the Expo, Is Shanghai a 'Better City'?

Performers parade with hats shaped as pavilions during the closing ceremony of the the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai on October 31, 2010 (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle While the event was the most attended Expo in history, critics complained that it held little interest for vistors outside of China.

The Curious Cases of South Asian Politicians

In this screen grab from YouTube, Indian politician Sadhu Yadav speaks at a press conference in Bihar.
Policy Election candidates in India appear to be growing younger and older at considerable speed if their personal details are to be believed, reports the BBC.

Photo of the Day: Halloween in Islamabad


A Pakistani girl wearing a Halloween costume holds a ten-rupee note in Islamabad on October 29, 2010. While Halloween is relatively little known in Pakistan, its popularity is growing in the country's larger cities. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

Murakami Takes Over Versailles

<i>Flower Matango</i>, a sculpture by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, on view as part of Murakami's exhibition at the Palace of Versailles, outside Paris. (Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has roused the ire of a French aristocrat.

Texas Center's New Home Underway

Interior shot of the grand entrance hall of Asia Society Texas Center's new building, currently under construction in Houston's Museum District.

The completion date of Asia Society Texas Center's new building is fast-approaching.

New Report Takes on Racist Rhetoric Among US Politicians

Cover of SAALT's report,

The South Asian Americans Leading Together releases a report tracking racist rhetoric against South Asians in American political discourse since 9/11.

POLICY UPDATE: How Should the U.S. Respond to Burma’s Upcoming Elections?

Votes queue to collect their ballot papers during a demonstration of how to vote in Naypyidaw. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)

In advance of Burma’s elections on 7 November, the first in 20 years, the Asia Society has just released a Burma Task Force Report Update.