Ishita Malaviya isn't just a surfer — she India's only professional female surfer. She pushes cultural boundaries with her surfing, and, when she's not competing, she's busy teaching Indian kids how to take to the waves at the Shaka Surf Club in the state of Karnataka.
On the one hand, India’s school lunch program encourages children from lower-caste communities to enroll in school. And where the program works well, it brings children from different castes together. But in some states, the program is actually used as a tool to reinforce discrimination.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants civil servants to communicate in Hindi. But when Indian-American writer Deepak Singh went home to India this summer, it seemed like everyone there wanted to speak English.
Some believe the crisis in Iraq is the result of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's mismanagement. His critics accuse his Shiite-dominated government of shutting out other factions — like Sunnis and Kurds. A spokesperson for Maliki's party, though, says he has tried to bring different factions to the table.
It's tough being a political cartoonist in Pakistan. In some schools of Islam, the artistic portrayal of people and animals is perceived as sacrilegious and Pakistan's extremist politics is spawning a new wave of restrictions on the production of visual arts. Sabir Nazar is a Pakistani cartoonist who is trying to reclaim the power of images and restore the role of cartoons as a way to convey messages across cultural and linguistic divides.
If you suffer from spring allergies, take heart that you aren't in Islamabad, Pakistan, where pollen counts are some of the highest in the world. Reporter Bina Shah just visited the city and couldn't wait to get out.
India may be the world's largest secular democracy but that doesn't mean it's easy to practice atheism there.Young atheists trying to gain more recognition say government policies and laws still exclude them and cultural acceptance is hard to come by.
As part of the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is cutting the number of cooked meals offered to troops from four to two. Anchor Carol Hills speaks with army veteran, David Brown, who writes under the name D.B. Grady.
The heavy-handed police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, has drawn a lot of criticism from veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phillip Carter, a former army captain, wrote a piece for the Daily Beast entitled "Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq."
In 1980, when director Richard Attenborough was shooting scenes for Gandhi, thousands of Indians volunteered for parts as extras. New York-based film critic Aseem Chhabra remembers getting a part as a passenger on the train that carried Gandhi back to Delhi.
As millions of more Chinese enter the middle class, many are demanding a key passport to that lifestyle: a car. Millions throughout the developing world have the same demand. The world can't sustain this. One possible solution: car sharing.
A new BBC documentary follows up on the case of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban. Reporter Nel Hedayat traveled to Pakistan for the BBC to find out what has happened since Malala was shot.
Iraqis voted Wednesday in parliamentary elections. Voters held up fingers dipped in purple ink to show they had voted, as they did in previous elections in Iraq. The purple finger remains a symbol of hope.
Five detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison were recently released in exchange for US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But there are still 150 men at the prison and Pardiss Kebriaei, a lawyer representing two Gitmo detainees, says her clients' path to release might still be a long one.
A group of South Asian Americans are trying to document the stories of other South Asian Americans' first days in the United States. As more immigrate here, they don't want to lose track of what it was like when they first arrived.