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The standoff on the Doklam Plateau makes it difficult for either Narendra Modi or Xi Jinping to back down. Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

China-India border dispute a grim sign for stability in Asia

Conflict was almost baked into Asia’s post-1945 international order. Taiwan’s contested status following the communist victory in China’s civil war, and the division of the Korean Peninsula are only the…
In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products. Adam Jones/Flickr

Bleached girls: India and its love for light skin

Indian girls grow up in an environment where they are constantly reminded that fair is beautiful.
New Delhi’s pollution is among the worst in the world. Each autumn, when crops are burnt and wind speeds are low, it risks rising to crisis levels. Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

As another smog season looms, India must act soon to keep Delhi from gasping

In November 2016, smog in New Delhi was 16 times above safe levels. An Indian researcher dug into the data to find out why, and how India can keep its capital breathing safely.
Families at a tree planting day at Te Muri, New Zealand in June 2017. Greenfleet Australia/flickr

Global series: Humans in our Habitat

Mostly, humans have been devastating to the planet but, on rare occasions, we get it right. Here are stories of people who live in harmony with their surroundings, from Tibet to Morocco and beyond.
A boy jumps from a water pipe into a canal as temperatures soar in New Delhi. Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for India’s capital. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

New Delhi is running out of water

Access to clean and regular water remains a challenge for New Delhi, a city that could easily tackle its water crisis with greater effort.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors | Hirshhorn Museum. anokarina/flickr

Global series: Talking sex, changing cultures

By speaking their truths in societies that would rather not know, queer painters, female rappers and other outsider artists are pushing the bounds of gender and sexuality in the developing world.
‘Not in my name’ Citizens in Mumbai and various cities in India protested early July against mob lynching in the name of the cow. Amit Dave/Reuters

Is lynching the new normal in India?

Hindu "cow vigilantism" against Indian Muslims, is now threatening the social fabric of this multicultural, secular nation.

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