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Minimum wage is no match for rising cost of living. Photo by Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A gloomy May Day awaits Nigerian workers

With a monthly minimum wage of 30,000 Naira (US$72), the average Nigerian worker is groaning under the weight of the rising cost of living.
Nuns from a group of Dalit Christians, or India’s lowest caste who converted to Christianity, protest in New Delhi. AP Photo/Gurinder Osan

Caste doesn’t just exist in India or in Hinduism – it is pervasive across many religions in South Asia and the diaspora

Several US universities now recognize caste as part of nondiscrimination policies. Two scholars of South Asian studies explain how caste-based violence isn’t limited to Hinduism, or to India.
Shops shutters are down while soldiers keep a close eye on the very few people in the streets during a two days curfew put in place in Kashmir by authorities on a year anniversary of the new restrictions. Zuma/Alamy

Kashmir: what happens after Imran Khan’s downfall?

Pakistan’s new prime minister has already spoken about the Kashmir conflict.
Sikh men and women during a prayer service during the Baisakhi festival. Giovanni Mereghetti/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What is the Sikh festival of Baisakhi and why is it so sacred?

Originally a spring harvest festival, Baisakhi acquired religious significance after the10th Sikh guru created the Khalsa, a distinctive Sikh identity, on this day.
Members of the Association of Transgender and Hijra at Bengal light a lamp to mark Transgender Day of Bengal in Kolkata, India, in 2017. AP Photo/Bikas Das

Transgender women are finding some respect in India, but a traditional gender-nonconforming group – hijras – remains stigmatized

A sociologist explains that the ability to claim transgender identities in India may appear progressive, but this can further marginalize historically stigmatized gender-nonconforming groups.

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