The majority of Durga Vahini members come from traditional backgrounds as Hindu wives and mothers. After joining the group — often through a close relative or friend — some say they find voice, solidarity and empowerment as protectors of Hinduism.
It's been almost two months since India moved to integrate the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir more closely into India proper by stripping it of its special status. Sardar Masood Khan is the president of Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir, known as Azad, or Free Kashmir. He spoke with The World's host Marco Werman on how the situation might play out.
India's Chandrayaan-2 is expected to land on the moon Friday as the country seeks its first successful landing. But with two female scientists leading the project, the lunar mission has already made history.
People living on the outskirts of Chennai, India, are blocking roads and laying siege to tanker lorries because they fear their water reserves are being sacrificed so city dwellers, businesses and luxury hotels don't run out.
"Deepfakes" are a recent technology that have raised concerns all over the internet. These digitally altered video and audio clips can be used to imitate the likeness and voice of whomever the creator chooses. Rana Ayyub is a victim of a deepfake video that was used to humiliate her.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.
Last week India's foreign minister made his UN debut with a speech in front of the Security Council. The only problem is, he read the speech of the Portuguese foreign minister. Anchor Lisa Mullins talks to Colum Lynch, who covers the UN.
Indian singer-songwriter Sona wanted her label Sony, to record more of her songs. Sony said wait. Sona went to Nokia. The World's Marco Werman tells us about Sona's attempts to market her music differently in a country dominated by Bollywood.
Parks and natural areas can be an important part of international diplomacy and peace building between countries in conflict. That's according to University of Vermont professor Saleem Ali who edited the new book "Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution." Dr. Ali talked with host Bruce Gellerman.
Host Steve Curwood talks with Sunita Narain, director of the Center for Science and the Environment in Delhi, about what the Nano Car could mean for the developing world and how India should handle its transportation issues.
March 22nd is Water Day, designated by the United Nations as a time to call attention to water woes around the world. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Paul Faeth, executive director of Global Water Challenge, about some of the work non-profits are doing to bring water to communities in the developing world.
An article in "Nature" asserts that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has seriously underestimated the technological solutions necessary for the stabilization of the climate. The commentary is titled "Dangerous Assmptions" and it's co-authored by Senior Scientist Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
While interest in building hydro-electric dams is waning in the U.S., developing nations are increasingly turning to rivers to power their growing economies. Guest: International Rivers Director Patrick McCully about dams in the developing world.
Rice genetically modified to produce Vitamin A could be the answer to some developing world childhood health problems. But some are voicing concerns. In a story originally produced for 'The DNA files' Julie Grant reports for Living On Earth.
The U.S. recycles almost all car batteries, but that's not true in many developing countries. Sifting through waste to retrieve lead is a major source of income, and lead exposure, for many people in poorer countries. Living on Earth reports.