Meet the Launda Dancers
Every year, gay and trans men from northern Bengal make their way to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for one of the oldest traditions in the country. Not all come back. And those who do, are never really the same again.
How Instant Stardom Changed the Life of India’s ‘Bicycle Girl’
15-year-old Jyoti Paswan Biked 700 Miles to Take Her Injured Father Back Home. Her life has not been the same after that.
This Man in India Dug a Canal to Bring Water to His Village
For years, Laungi Bhuiya has been digging on his own in a forest in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Nobody took him seriously.
A Woman in Bihar Wants to Divorce Her Husband Because He Stinks
A 20-year-old in Patna is filing for divorce because she claims she is sick of her husband not bathing, shaving and brushing his teeth regularly.
Police Complaint Lodged Against 49 Celebrities Who Wrote an Open Letter to PM Modi on Mob Lynchings
Sudhir Kumar Ojha from Bihar has accused them of tarnishing the image of the country and "supporting secessionist tendencies".
Onions Worth Lakhs Keep Getting Stolen as Prices Skyrocket
Onions worth over $11,000 were stolen from a warehouse in Patna, while another theft amounting to over $1,000 was reported in Nashik.
Photos of the Bihar Pride Parade Show How Homophobic India Is Slowly Changing
The pride parade in Patna on July 14 had to swap the Pride Flag for the Transgender Pride Flag, but hundreds of people showed up to support the queer community.
How Homophobic Small Towns in India Celebrate Pride
In these conservative and orthodox pockets, LGBTQ communities find other ways to make their voices heard.
I Spent My Birthday Dealing With a Highly Secretive Yoga Cult
Binge-watching 'Wild Wild Country' should have prepared me for this. But it didn’t.
Kanhaiya Kumar Is Forging a New Political Career From His Hometown
In 2016, he became controversy's child with his alleged anti-India slogans. In 2019, this feisty student leader has returned to Begusarai to unofficially begin his election campaign as a Lok Sabha member.
Make in India: A Gun Smuggler Talks About Cheap Knock-Offs Taking Over the Illegal Gun Trade
“You bring any Chinese gun or a even a Kalashnikov to them (children trained in the craft), and they can replicate it to be one as good as the original."
The Theatre Scene of 'Bihar’s Leningrad’ Is Alive and Kicking
As raunchy Bhojpuri and Bollywood films increase in popularity across India, theatre artists in this small town still practise in dingy offices, community grounds, and ‘communist complexes’.