India is the seventh-largest country and the second-most populous in the world. Following market-based reforms it has become a "newly industrialised country."
The newly formed Republic of India was one of first nations to end the State of War with Germany after World War II and did not claim war reparations from Germany although 24,000 soldiers serving in the British Indian Army died in the campaign to fight Nazi Germany. India maintained diplomatic relations with both West Germany and East Germany and supported their reunification in 1990.
On this week's show, meet Mutasim, the first Sudanese man to gain asylum in Israel. What is it like being a Jewish person in predominantly Muslim Tunisia? The story of the Somali asylum seeker in Finland who is now standing as a presidential candidate in Somalia. And the 'untouchable' in India who has broken out of the caste confines to become a rising star on the Indian pop scene.
Ginni Mahi is from the so called Dalit or lower caste in India. But her catchy pop songs are breaking through the caste barriers and gathering a wider audience in India and abroad. Reporter Aletta André went to meet the girl behind the starry image, in her home town in the state of Punjab.
With more than one million inhabitant, Dharavi in the center of Mumbai is one of the world's biggest slums. But its thousands of workshops and factories also help to keep the mega-city Mumbai going. Our reporter Christoph Kober explored this economic powerhouse.