India's Ad Council Cracks Down on Skin Lightening Creams

Brands around the world make loads of money from their skin lightening products, but that's going to be more difficult in at least one country going forward: The Advertising Standards Council of India has banned commercials and ads that make people who have darker skin seem "unsuccessful in any aspect of life… » 8/22/14 1:40pm 8/22/14 1:40pm

30,000 Monkeys Are Wreaking Havoc on India's Capital

Creatively speaking, humankind has put a lot of energy into speculating what could happen when chimps take over the world (there have been — what? — a billion Planet of the Apes movies made by now?), but, as it turns out, it isn't the non-human apes that we should be focusing on, but their rat-faced monkey brethren.… » 7/22/14 4:15pm 7/22/14 4:15pm

Two More Women Found Hanging in India's Most Populous State

Two women, a 19-year-old and a 42-year-old, have been found hanging from trees in Uttar Pradesh in the past two days, bringing the number of women hanged in India's most populous state up to four in the last month. In May, two teenage girls were found gang raped and hanged in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh, sparking… » 6/12/14 7:20pm 6/12/14 7:20pm

​Transgender Woman Running for Parliament in India

On the heels of India's Supreme Court granting legal recognition to third gender citizens known as hijra, a transgender woman from southern India has set off on a campaign for a seat in Indian parliament. Bharati Kannamma, 53, is seen as the first trans candidate in a general election, running as an independent for… » 4/20/14 12:00pm 4/20/14 12:00pm

India Officially Recognizes Transgender People as 'Third Gender'

Yesterday India's Supreme Court legally recognized the country's neither male or female third gender, and declared them entitled to the same education, jobs, and driver's licenses as those who identify as male or female. To Western eyes, this ruling is unprecedented given the same court's recent outlawing of… » 4/16/14 5:15pm 4/16/14 5:15pm

Leering Men Have Their Leers Turned Against Them in New Indian Ad

This ad, released exactly one year after the nightmarish gang rape on a bus in New Delhi forced Indian authorities to acknowledge the country's flimsy sexual assault laws and burgeoning rape culture, quite literally forces men to look at how gross and predatory they look when they leer at women in public. The lyrics… » 12/22/13 3:30pm 12/22/13 3:30pm