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.
Washington says India has been the world's largest beneficiary of preferential trade status. If trade benefits are abolished, the country will have to pay customs duties on products worth 5.6 billion US dollars that were previously duty-free, according to US data.
Last month thousands of women in India walked 10,000 kilometers across the country to raise awareness of the prevalence of rape. The march aimed to shine a spotlight on the pervasive victim-blaming culture which campaigners say often allows perpetrators to escape punishment. DW met up with a 65-year-old rape survivor who is still fighting for justice 25 years on.
A French couple is desperate to repatriate their grandchildren from the ruins of Islamic State and Russian bands push back against the government's crackdown on Western pop music. Plus, we hear from a former nun who is speaking out against the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church and women in India march against the culture of victim blaming.
Stopping genital mutilation, providing access to abortion, women's visibility in the media: From Guatemala to India, DW looks at the issues activists focus on and their forms of advocacy, from poetry to protest.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. But according to South Korean beauty standards that usually means plastic surgery and full face make-up at all times! Some say it's high time for change. In India, midwives could be the answer to reducing maternal mortality. We also hear from young women in Nigeria who are rebuilding their lives after fleeing from their Boko Haram captors.
Every day, more than 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Over 80 percent of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths could be averted by employing midwifes, the World Health Organization says. India has now introduced a national training program for midwifes in what has been hailed as a game-changer for India's maternal health policy.