Why is Modi playing down the deaths of children in an Indian hospital?

Nilanjana Bhowmick is a journalist and writer in India. India this week celebrated 70 years of freedom. It should ​have been in a state of mourning. Leading up to the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from British rule, at least 63 children, among them 34 infants, died in a state-run hospital in the town of Gorakhpur —…

Maid in India. Unmade in Noida

A couple hires a maid. The maid goes missing and the heat is squarely on them because she was last known to have gone to their house. The woman’s family is worried sick. They try looking for her with the help of the police. But when all else fails and the woman is finally handed…

50 days of Demonetisation: A hollow war on black money

         How does one understand and explain the chaos that has been unfolding in  India over the last 50 days, ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in one strike banned India’s two highest denomination notes? We could start with history or we could start with logic. The first will educate. The second…

What Does the Rest of The World Thinks About the U.S. Elections

  Indeed, this is only the second U.S. presidential election to have inspired such passionate reactions in India, following similar responses when Barack Obama first won. But there is a crucial difference between that election and this one. Back then, India was united in its support for Obama; as the first non-White U.S. president, he represented an underclass…

Why Banning Surrogacy in India Will Hurt Women

  This August, the Indian government approved a bill to ban commercial and international surrogacy. India, which has long been an important hub of transnational surrogacy, will now only allow altruistic surrogacy for married, heterosexual couples. The ban will kill a legitimate livelihood option for thousands of poor women. READ MORE

After Nepal, Indian surrogacy clinics move to Cambodia

As India bans foreign surrogacy, clinics look towards Cambodia, but what will it mean for the rights of surrogates? Rita* tucks hungrily into a plate of steaming white rice, daal (lentils), a mixed-vegetable curry, yoghurt and a green salad. Her just-washed hair is gathered at the nape of her neck in a loose bun and…