Monica Sarkar

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Syria intervention debate: The world's media reacts

"The British aren't coming! The British aren't coming!" screams the headline of New York's Daily News, describing Britain as "normally reliable" but now a surprising let-down for U.S. President Barack Obama.<p>Following a lengthy debate in the UK parliament Thursday, a majority voted against the …

Feminism for goddesses: does kumari worship empower girls?

In a yearly festival celebrating goddess Gangamma in the south Indian city of Tirupati, men assume the form of women. Lasting a week, the town is filled with men wearing saris, mirroring the goddess' semblance. The women intensify their domestic duties, sharing the deity's feminine, creative power, …

The Afghan voice that won't be silenced - CNN.com

Knee-length skirts, high heels and walking freely down the street: it's hard to believe that this was Kabul in June 1978. Browse through this gallery and see how dramatically women's dress in Afghanistan has changed over the years.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Unveiled: Afghan women past and present<p>Afghanistan: In …

Disability in India: Struggles of infrastructure, prejudice and karma - CNN.com

Refusing to be overcome by the challenges of losing a limb during the Kargil War in 1999, Devender Pal Singh, 39, became a marathon runner.<p><b>New Delhi, India (CNN)</b> -- According to the United Nations, around one billion people live with disabilities globally -- they are the world's largest minority.<p>Of …

While Indian football sleeps, its young hopefuls dream of playing abroad

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>India's national football team ranks 149 out of 209 FIFA member nations<br>• India used to be among the best in Asia at the sport until the 1970s<br>• FIFA president Sepp Blatter describes Indian football as a "sleeping giant"<br>• Dutchman Rob Baan signals hope as the nation's first technical …

Syria intervention debate: What UK lawmakers said

British Prime Minister David Cameron opened an emergency debate on Syria Thursday, calling it an issue of how to respond to one of most "abhorrent uses of chemical weapons in a century."<p>But he also acknowledged the views opposing a military intervention.<p>"This deep public cynicism imposes particular …

The day telegrams came to a final STOP

Indians awoke on Monday to find their 162-year-old telegram service rendered obsolete, superseded by SMS, e-mail and Twitter.<p>Arguably one of the oldest victims of the digital age, telegrams were the fastest communication method from the 19th century.<p>But Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's …

Indian activists to follow on Twitter on Independence Day - CNN.com

Indian students, their faces painted with the colours of their national flag, pose on the eve of Independence day in Allahabad on August 14, 2013. India celebrates its 66th independence anniversary from British rule on August 15.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>India's 66th Independence Day celebrations<p>India's 66th …

India's 'Womanifesto:' How central are women's rights to this year's elections?

The gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in New Delhi in December 2012 marked a sharp turning point for the debate on women's rights in India. The protests that exploded nationwide following the incident brought the issue forcefully to the political table in a way that …

How football is changing lives of Indian slum girls

<b>An American, Franz Gastler, is teaching young Indian slum girls how to improve their lives through the game of football. Monica Sarkar reports from Mumbai.</b><p>Mr Gastler, 30, is from a middle-class family in Edina, Minnesota, but for the moment, he has swapped his comforts for the dust and grime of …

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