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


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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Delhi gang rape: Getting rid of the criminals, getting rid of the crime?

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“Society hanged.” By Monica Sarkar

Last week, the Delhi High Court upheld the death sentences of four men accused of raping and murdering a student on a moving bus – a case that caused fervent outrage amongst Indians and led to a subsequent change in anti-rape laws. Although the defence will appeal, many Indians who demanded the death penalty may feel justice is finally being served.

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Indian protesters: I salute you


We laid to rest the embodiment of a powerful soul last week. Someone who had the overwhelming courage to not only think the seemingly impossible, but believe in it enough to defy his opponents and make it true.

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MLK’s speech 50 years on: Has racism become smarter?

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Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his momentous, stirring speech “I have a dream”.  But do we listen, feel elevated and inspired, but then ignore it like a dream forgotten as soon as we wake up? And in the process, is racism just getting smarter at subsisting?

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Keeping chivalry alive in India: Men respond to rape crisis


Photographed by Aditya Mendiratta

Many female travelers are scrubbing India off their destination lists after the horrific gang rape and murder of a Delhi student in December 2012.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, 35% less women visited India in the three months after the attack compared to the same period last year.

Since December, rapes have persisted and mass protests have erupted across the country, pointing at inefficiency in dealing with such crimes and an inherent patriarchal nature. But there’s one clear observation from the outcry: some of the voices belong to India’s men.

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The day telegrams came to a final STOP



Indians awoke on Monday to find their 162-year-old telegram service rendered obsolete, superseded by SMS, e-mail and Twitter.

Arguably one of the oldest victims of the digital age, telegrams were the fastest communication method from the 19th century.

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While Indian football sleeps, its young hopefuls dream of playing abroad

Steve McMahon Football Academy, Delhi Photographed by Monica Sarkar

Steve McMahon Football Academy, Delhi
Photographed by Monica Sarkar

“Theatre of Dreams” reads the plaque on the classroom door of Manchester United Soccer School in Mumbai. Nutritional advice and tactics are scribbled on the whiteboard and a Wayne Rooney portrait hangs on the wall.

But if the future of the domestic sport lies at the feet of new talent, youngsters are dreaming of playing in stadiums abroad, not at home.

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Violence against women is a crime the world over

Photographed by Monica Sarkar

Subject of respect or object of desire?
Photographed by Monica Sarkar

The tragic case of the Delhi gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman last year forced India to take a long, hard look at itself in the mirror and decide how to change.

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My religion is: What suits me


“What religion are you?” a man on the high street asks me, whilst holding a wad of leaflets promoting Islam.
“I don’t belong to any religion,” I reply.
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How football is changing lives of Indian slum girls


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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