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New Delhi: ‘That 22-Year-Old Priya on Instagram’

Feeling compelled to do something, young people are springing up social media groups to swap leads on oxygen cylinders and other health care needs during India's COVID crisis.
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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: ‘You Keep Questioning Yourself’

Surbhi Dasbegan to feel that India was losing control of COVID earlier this month when seven of her colleagues and three patients tested positive for the virus.
Three women vendors seated at a fruit market

Panaji, Goa: ‘They Haven’t Called Me Back’

At the Panjim Market in Goa, some local vendors seem unconcerned about COVID-19's second wave across India.
Photo of a woman as she holds on to the top of a canister of oxygen

Nagpur, Maharashtra: ‘We Are Carrying A Massive Guilt’

A 26-year-old resident doctor finds herself struggling to assist with the surging number of people sick and dying from COVID-19 at Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur.
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu: ‘What Has to Happen Will Happen’

In Asha Mutha's multigenerational household, the paranoia unleashed by India's first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been replaced by fatalism of the second wave. “What has to happen will happen,” Mutha says, with a…
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India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose

Activists say India’s farm reforms have been pushed through without input from key stakeholders—including female farmers. With virtually no power to negotiate, they fear they’ll face further disempowerment under the new laws.

This woman is fighting to save Bangladesh’s oldest brothel

The light was still dim when Monowara Begum (pictured) shuffled into her sandals and began her morning patrol. With a slight wheeze, the 44-year-old paced the alleyways, scowling behind gold-rimmed glasses as she listened for…
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As India’s Credit Sector Falters, So Do Women’s Livelihoods

India’s microfinance sector promises to empower income-insecure women. But it is widening the gap between men and women’s access to opportunity.
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