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The Indian 1000 rupee note that must be exchanged for new currency. Photo: Government of India
The Indian 1000 rupee note that must be exchanged for new currency.  Photo: Government of India

How Narenda Modi of India plans to wipe out black market money

by Geeta Anand New York Times November 28, 2016

In one of the most audacious experiments in India’s modern histor...

Ginni Mahi at her home with a Punjabi folk instrument called a “thumbi.” Photo: Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post
Ginni Mahi at her home with a Punjabi folk instrument called a “thumbi.” A new song, Danger Chamar, flaunting her caste pride has become something of an anthem for many young people in India’s marginalized lower caste communities. Photo: Rama Lakshmi/The Washington Post

Lower caste Indian singer embraces centuries-old slur. Caste pride is driving her success.

by Rita Lakshimi Washington Post October 9, 2016

For centuries in India, the hateful slur was hurled at the lower caste community of leather tanners, regarded as “untouchables.” Now the younger generation in the community is embracing the word:...

A dam along the Cauvery river. Photo: Thangaraj Kumaravel
A dam along the Cauvery river. When drought occurs there is not enough river water for all who use it, leading to disputes.  This picture of the Grand Anaicut dam in Tamil Nadu state was taken in 2012, when water levels were higher.  Photo:   © Thangaraj Kumaravel

Why water war has broken out in India’s Silicon Valley

by T.S. Sudhir BBC September 15, 2016

Violence has broken out in India's technology hub Bangalore in Karnataka state over a long-running dispute about water. Protesters are angry at a Supreme Court ruling ordering Karnataka to share water from the Cauvery river with neighboring Tamil Nad...

Photo: © Farid Ahmed/IRIN
A farmer inspects his flood-damaged rice crop in Manikanj District.  Farmers who’ve lost crops are unable to pay back loans, but must borrow more to prepare for the next growing season. Government assistance is totally inadequate to address the problem.  Photo: ©  Farid Ahmed/IRIN (Click to see larger photo.)

Bangladeshi farmers drown in debt as floods destroy crops

by Farid Ahmed IRIN September 10, 2016

Months of flooding have wiped out entire villages and crops in Bangladesh, pushing farmers deeper into a cycle of debt that they can’t escape without more government help. About 4.2 million people have been affected by flooding in at least 19 distr...

A dried up well in the drought-stricken village of Barnapur​. Photo: Caritas
A dried up well in the drought-stricken village of Barnapur. Photo: Caritas

Drought migrants flee to India’s cities

by Neeta Lal IRIN News June 28, 2016

After fleeing drought in Andhra Pradesh State, Manikamma’s tiny shack in India’s capital, New Delhi, is now periodically swamped with fetid water when heavy rains flood the shantytown she now calls home....

Photo: Reuters/Punit Paranjpe

Investing to nourish India’s cities

by Andrea Durkin The Chicago Council on Global Affairs June 16, 2016

More than 400 million people live in India’s cities—more than the entire population of the United States. Increasing urban employment and rising incomes portend significant growth for India’s $360 billion food market. But the food system in In...