Pallavi Pundir

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Chinese Broadcaster Uses Famous Holocaust Poem to Compare Hong Kong Protesters to Nazis

The state news agency tweaked a poem by German pastor Martin Niemöller’s anti-Nazi poem, effectively comparing protesters to cowardly Germans who didn’t stand up to the Nazis.
Pallavi Pundir
a day ago
Photos

This Photographer Captures the People Caught Between Violence and Politics in Kashmir

“Kashmir is misinterpreted and misunderstood so much, and there's this narrative that Kashmir is 'ours'. The conflict has been nationalised to such an extent that it's not about the individuals themselves who’re from the region.”
Pallavi Pundir
a day ago
Health

Some Indian Women Are Quietly Cancelling Their Periods, and It’s Empowering

While we’ve been conditioned to believe that a monthly period is a sign of good health, women actually have a choice to give up on menstruation. We meet some Indian women who’ve made that choice.
Pallavi Pundir
2 days ago
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Gujarat Is the New ‘Favourite’ Route for Pakistani Cartels Smuggling Drugs to the West

“If a fisherman brings five kgs of heroin along with 500 kgs of fish in his boat, it is very difficult to catch him.”
Pallavi Pundir
3 days ago
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It Will Soon Be Illegal to Get Paid as a Surrogate Mother in India

The proposed bill says surrogacy will only involve Indian couples, and will be done by a ‘close relative’, with no money involved.
Pallavi Pundir
8.6.19
LGBTQ

Like Many Indians, I Used to Have a Problem With Gay People And Didn't Realise That Was a Problem

Ten years ago, I accidentally stopped a friend from coming out for a very long time, even to herself. Today, I acknowledge how I may have been a part of oppression of the LGBTQ+ community without even realising it.
Pallavi Pundir
8.2.19
LGBTQ

Drag Queens Tell Us Why Dating is So Difficult in India

“I have come across people who jump straight to, ‘I want to fuck you in drag.' These are the people you block in life.”
Pallavi Pundir
7.30.19
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Is India’s Supreme Court Reluctant to Appoint a Gay Judge?

A report by the Intelligence Bureau said the lawyer’s partner is a foreign national and “a security risk”, but a senior judge said that the Supreme Court should not focus on his sexual orientation and relationship.
Pallavi Pundir
7.26.19
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Pakistan is Cracking Down on 'Toxic' Skin-Whitening Creams

The Ministry of Climate Change has found “excessive amount of mercury” in more than 50 local and international fairness products.
Pallavi Pundir
7.25.19
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Alarming Report Finds Not a Single Girl Born in 132 Indian Villages Since April

"We have discovered that out of total 216 deliveries not a single girl child has been born in 132 villages, which is suspicious and has highlighted female foeticide."
Pallavi Pundir
7.23.19
reproductive rights

What It's Like to Get an Abortion as an Unmarried Woman in India

In a country where stigma and shame drive many women towards unsafe abortions, this is an account of one woman who, unlike many, survived to tell the tale.
Pallavi Pundir
7.23.19
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China to Start Human Testing for a Vaccine That Will Cure HIV

With no known cure for HIV till date, the vaccine is being seen as a promising antidote to the HIV virus if it’s successful on the 160 volunteers.
Pallavi Pundir
7.22.19
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