Uncovering India’s benevolent brotherhood

By Taylor Davidson: In India, you will often see men holding hands, or with their arms around each other. This is not in any way homosexual, but rather a symbol of camaraderie and friendship. In fact, it is more common to see males engaged physically whilst walking down the street than women. This is the case…

NGOs make a difference in Indian education

By Jessica Bahr: In a time of incredible economic prosperity, social progress, and making headway toward becoming a global superpower, India is enjoying a plethora of development in a variety of areas of life. At first glance, modern India appears to be flourishing. Despite this progress, however, the vast majority of India’s rural areas are…

The stories told by India’s doorways

By Catherine Torbey: “Every doorway, every intersection has a story” – Katherine Dunn. In India, the vibrant culture and diversity of its people is everywhere to be seen. But sometimes, the most interesting and intriguing stories are behind closed doors.  It is a country of extreme diversity and contradiction, home to the wealthy as well…

Girls’ education problematic in rural India

By Jessica Bahr: As Indian society develops and changes, cities and urban areas are becoming increasingly influenced by Western values and experiencing substantial social progression. The feminist movement has become increasingly popular, women are becoming more independent, more career-oriented and pursuing goals outside of marriage and family. Despite this, however, girls seeking education in rural…

All-women police stations address rape and abuse

By Emily Dowling: There are 22,083,646 police officers in India, with 105,325 women contributing to that number. That means that just 6.11 per cent of the Indian police force are female. In 2009, the Ministry of Home Affairs in India held a ‘National Advisory on Measures to Curb Crimes against Women’. Among the recommendations put…

Quality education is key in rural India

By Jessica Bahr: For many living in Western societies, India is synonymous with exotic culture, sights, sounds and smells. When we think of India, we think of spirituality and temples. We think of Bollywood, dancing, and women dressed in saris. We think of overpopulation, slums, and extreme poverty. We think of a country yet to…