India in the News | 3.25.14

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Once a month we cull the headlines to bring you stories from the world’s largest democracy—its politics, economy, culture and everyday life.

Government Leader Rescues a Dozen from Slavery, Says “This Makes My Work Noble”

“On the night of their rescue, [International Justice Mission] helped the families return home to their villages. One man’s reunion with his family stood out: He had not seen his wife for months, and he had never met their newborn daughter. The owner had forbidden him from going home for the baby’s birth or even to visit.” read more

A Great Depression?

“Is there more suicide and depression in India these days and, for that matter, across the rest of the globe? Possibly. The World Health Organization reports that suicide rates have increased 60 percent over the past 50 years, most strikingly in the developing world, and that by 2020 depression will be the second most prevalent medical condition in the world.” read more

Chhattisgarh Tests a Green Toilet for Its Poor

“For just 8 cents a day, the slum dwellers on the outskirts of Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh State, are able to indulge in what is a luxury to half of India’s population: a working toilet. Since July, the slum has been participating in a government sanitation experiment…” read more

Indians Plan Rebirth for 5th-Century University

“Amartya Sen first saw the colossal, red-brick ruins of Nalanda University at the age of 11. After he told his family that he wanted to be a professor, his grandfather took him to see the remains of what is described as India’s oldest university, a place where history has the cast of epic myth.” read more

India for beginners: what you need to know

“India is everything, and more, all at once. It’s a visual explosion of bright saris, lumbering cows, marigolds and bursts of sunlight. A constant cacophony of beeping horns, high-speed Hindi and the cawing of thousands of crows. A melange of smells – of incense, spices and, ahem, more human smells.” read more

Breaking Tradition: Widows Celebrate Holi Festival in India

“Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But the women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned…” read more

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