Tiger attacks on the thousands of tribal people who live on India’s park lands have been escalating. This crisis, ironically enough, can be traced to the success of conservation programs, and to a booming tiger population in India: http://nyr.kr/1lP8bHg
Photograph by Vivek Sharma/Foto Natura/Minden/Corbis.
“What looked a few weeks ago like a mere dramatic change of government now appears to be a seismic shift, arguably the most significant in India since 1977, when the Congress was voted out after three decades in power.”
Above: Narendra Modi waves to supporters; Varanasi, India, April 24, 2014. Photograph by Kevin Frayer/Getty.
Samanth Subramanian writes about India’s lavish farewell to Sachin Tendulkar and why the world’s most famous cricket star matters so much: http://nyr.kr/18KalSF
“Tendulkar was given a wax statue of himself, the replica bearing only a muddled resemblance to its muse. He was also given a tree cast out of silver, with a hundred and ninety-nine leaves. Fortunately, the game in Calcutta finished too early for the organizers to get a helicopter into the air and shower Tendulkar with a hundred and ninety-nine kilograms of rose petals, as had been planned.”
Indian students and cricket fans make a sand sculpture of Tendulkar in the northern city of Allahabad. Photograph by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty.
Some American companies are using unsafe Bangladeshi factories to produce their clothes, where factory collapses and fires have lead to the horrific deaths of hundreds of factory workers. Here, Sarah Stillman talks to Kalpona Akter, a former garment worker who’s trying to raise awareness: http://nyr.kr/YmJJaH
As the doctors cautiously revealed the details of injuries inflicted on the young woman, who needed a gut transplant as her intestines had been torn by iron rods, thousands of students from colleges and universities in the city gathered in a spontaneous protest in Delhi. Anger spread like a heat wave. In my years in Delhi as a student and a reporter, the protests against the various instances of sexual assault would be attended and lead by left-leaning women’s organizations student groups. India’s conservative middle and upper-middle classes mostly stayed home. This was different…
Basharat Peer on the fury in Delhi after the rape and murder of the 23-year old unnamed victim: http://nyr.kr/YSQPOw
On Wednesday evening, the Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael accepted the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant for Humanistic Photography in a ceremony at the School of Visual Arts. The grant is awarded to support and encourage a photographer working in the spirit of the legendary photojournlaist, and van Agtmael plans to use the thirty-thousand-dollar grant to build on “Disco Night September 11,” his ongoing project on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences in the United States. “As an American of the generation shouldering these wars, I feel a strong responsibility to document their cost,” van Agtmael said.