South Asia

Global Politics

R.K. Laxman, cartoonist who chronicled India's first 60 years of independence, has died

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For decades, millions in India took the political temperature of their country by looking at R.K. Laxman's daily cartoon, published each morning on the cover of The Times of India. His cartoons were so popular that even those politicians skewered by Laxman were honored to have caught his attention. Laxman died Monday. He was 94.

Global Politics

R.K. Laxman, cartoonist who chronicled India's first 60 years of independence, has died

Updated

For decades, millions in India took the political temperature of their country by looking at R.K. Laxman's daily cartoon, published each morning on the cover of The Times of India. His cartoons were so popular that even those politicians skewered by Laxman were honored to have caught his attention. Laxman died Monday. He was 94.

Global Politics

India's first cartoon everywoman is the product of a female cartoonist who stood up to her own critics

Kanika Mishra had had it with the folksy 'common man' character so prevalent in Indian cartoons. She decided to create a 'common woman' and named her character Karnika Kahen which literally means 'Karnika speaks.' And speak she does, taking stands against sexual abuse and rape in India, and getting a lot of flak in the process.

Conflict & Justice

'For less than a dollar, you can [buy] a liter of acid and basically destroy someone's life'

Almost 10 years ago, a young Pakistani woman was held down by her mother-in-law while her husband and father-in-law threw acid on her. Some 150 operations later, Bushra Shafi is working as a beautician in a hair salon in Lahore, started by a hairdresser who was moved to help victims of acid attacks when one of them came into her salon and asked simply: "Can you make me beautiful again?"