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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.
A new all-women show on YouTube in Pakistan challenges patriarchal attitudes in the country. The hosts tells us the time is right for women to claim their space in a national discourse that often excludes them. And in India too, a struggle for equality. The country's marginalised Dalit women want justice, but these demands often come at a terrible cost.
In India, preparations for the festival of Durga Puja have been in full swing. It's the biggest celebration of the year for people of Bengali heritage. But, as the coronavirus is an ongoing threat, attendees will again be required to tread carefully.