Category Archives: PEOPLE

London attack: Sometimes people of this city just walk on by

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Carnaby Street, London, in November 2016. Photo taken by Monica Sarkar.

It’s been a week since the London attack that struck the city on so many levels. Debates on terror, authorities, cyber security and Islamophobia were stirred, as well as defiant images and messages to the perpetrators that Londoners will not lie low. Continue reading

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India’s law on marital rape: Do we get the problem?

An Indian bride arrives at her marital home. Photo credit: Shounak Ray on Flickr

An Indian bride arrives at her marital home. Photo credit: Shounak Ray on Flickr

My most recent story for CNN on why marital rape is legal in India has to be the most debated piece I’ve written so far. While many men and women have supported it, sadly, a significant backlash has mainly come from Indian men.
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Remembering Pandit Nikhil Banerjee: Pioneer of the sitar

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Photo by Bhaidu Sanyal (Found here: www.stevenbaigel.com)

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Photo by Bhaidu Sanyal (Found here: www.stevenbaigel.com)

Although he is not as well known in the western world as Ravi Shankar, any Kolkata citizen will know the name of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and his legendary status in Hindustani classical music. As I write this piece, in a few hours, 27th January 2014 will mark his 28th death anniversary.

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How football is changing lives of Indian slum girls

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By Monica Sarkar

As soon as I heard about Franz Gastler, I had to find out more. A middle-class American man, living in India’s poorest state of Jharkhand, teaching young girls football and helping them gain independence.

When I met him, he was expanding his initiative to Dharavi slum – India’s largest slum – whilst living there too.

Read my article on the BBC website and watch this space for a potential documentary and book.

Find out more about Franz’s initiative Yuwa – meaning youth in Hindi.

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The Paralympics: disabilities do not disable life

Victoria Oruwari

The London 2012 Paralympics demonstrate that a disability does not have to disable life.

Victoria Oruwari, a classical singer from Nigeria living in London, lost her sight at the age of seven but enjoys life to the fullest.

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Bharti Vyas: Running a business beautifully

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Bharti Vyas

After spending 30 years in the beauty industry pioneering her concept of holistic therapies to the Western world, Bharti Vyas, 68, is a well respected guru in her field.

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Dear Mr Jeremy Clarkson…

Dearest Mr Clarkson,

So, the BBC has decided to dismiss the hundreds of complaints against Top Gear India and Downing Street refuses to put you or the BBC at fault. I bet you’re grinning from ear to ear and treating your companions to jokes that are drier than the Atacama Desert.

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Why should we know Thich Nhat Hanh?

Martin Luther King, Jr with Thich Nhat Hanh

“I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam,” said Martin Luther King, Jr speaking of Thich Nhat Hanh, the most influential Zen Buddhist of our time, alongside the Dalai Lama. 

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Egypt protests: Defenceless animals caught in our crossfire

Photographed by Karim Molyneux-Berry

“WITH GAS MASKS ON and our determination, we went running in right away in order to break the lock,” says 22-year old Egyptian Hend Ghorab, a student in Cairo.

She wasn’t risking her life to save people. She was saving animals. Forgotten animals of war and conflict.

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