human rights

ROHINGYA LAWYER ON THE PRICE OF FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE DEVEX, 17 Sept 2018 U Kyaw Hla Aung, 78, a lawyer and activist, remembers a time when there was no discrimination against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Just weeks after winning the $1.1 million Aurora Prize, the Rohingya activist spoke by phone from his home in Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine state — from which more than 700,000 of his countrymen fled in the past year amid brutal state violence.

sissyboy

TAUNTED AS SISSY BOY, AUTHOR SIDDARTH DUBE WRITES TELL-ALL MEMOIR... NPR, April, 2019 He says he knows what it's like to live the life of an outcast. Siddharth Dube came of age as a gay man in India in the 1990s — a time when a law dating back to 1864, Section 377, criminalized homosexuality, calling it an "unnatural offense." Now a specialist in poverty and public health policy, Dube has written a memoir...

Indian elections

DECODING INDIAN ELECTIONS AL JAZEERA, April, 2019 Indian journalist Prannoy Roy, cofounder of the NDTV group, and Dorab R. Sopariwala, its editorial adviser, have spent four decades studying Indian elections. Their book, The Verdict: Decoding India's Elections, published this year by Penguin Random House India, crunches data and qualitative studies to explain what makes democracy in India tick.

KR RAJA

WHEN A MAN KILLS HIS WIFE IN INDIA, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN? AL JAZEERA, Nov, 2018. Based in southern India, KR Raja works to ensure children who have been essentially orphaned receive support.

Plastic paving prof

THE MAN WHO PAVES INDIA'S ROADS WITH PLASTIC... The Guardian, JULY 2018 At 73, Dr Rajagopalan Vasudevan is roughly as old as the mass production of plastic. But that is not the reason why the chemistry professor has a soft spot for the much-maligned material...

femalerolemodels

THREE INDIAN MOMS WENT LOOKING FOR ROLE MODELS FOR THEIR DAUGHTERS... NPR, March 2019 A female role model can often be hard to find. Three Indian women who were close friends often discussed how inspired they were by their own mothers. They wondered if their daughters had female role models, too. So they decided to ask them...

headhunters

THE VANISHING BODY ART OF A TRIBE OF ONE-TIME HEADHUNTERS... NPR, March, 2018 When Phejin Konyak was a girl, she'd sit on her grandfather's lap in front of a roaring fireplace, with a pot of black tea simmering. He'd tell her folk tales. She was entranced by the stories — but even more by the jet black tattoos that curved over his eyes, nose, upper lip and chin. His neck, chest and body were filled with geometrical shapes and patterns...