Trousers-down minister statue protests NZ water quality

Image copyrightStuff.nzImage caption The statue of Dr Smith was left on a public footpath, baring its buttocks at the council offices A larger-than-life statue of New Zealand’s environment minister, fashioned from horse dung, has been left outside council offices in Christchurch. The work by artist Sam Mahon shows minister Nick Smith with his trousers round his ankles, genitals on display, defecating into a glass of water, the New Zealand Herald

Meet the dancing girls of India's 'folk opera'

Nautanki is one of India’s oldest folk theatres, and it’s hugely popular in small towns and rural areas. Photographer Udit Kulshreshtha explains how this art form is surviving in the age of easily available entertainment on smart phones. The travelling theatre used to be the cheapest and often the only source of performance-based entertainment in northern India until TV became popular in the 1980s. But some groups and performers are

The stolen childhoods of Kashmir in pencil and crayon

These are pictures of loss of childhood and innocence. They speak about a violent world outside shuttered homes. They reveal the terrors of the present and the fears for the future. The colours are vivid. Red dominates, in blood and fire. Black is an ascendant colour, clouding the skies and scorching the earth. It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. The artwork is by schoolchildren in Indian-administered Kashmir, home

India's nesting sea turtles

Image copyrightASIT KUMAR/AFP/Getty ImagesImage caption An Olive Ridley turtle arrives to lay her eggs on Rushikulya Beach On the eastern coast of India, in the state of Orissa, lie three big nesting sites for one of the world’s smallest sea turtles – the Olive Ridley. Every winter, thousands of females return to these shores to nest. Journalists Supriya Vohra and Meesha Holley witnessed the synchronised move, which is known as

Granny's new robes

Image copyrightJasmeen PathejaImage caption For this photograph, taken in 2010, Indri showed up dressed in a red sari, with jewellery and make-up. She rarely lets down her hair, but on this occasion allowed her granddaughter to change it Indian artist and activist Jasmeen Patheja always wanted to be a photographer. So years ago, when her grandmother Inderjit Kaur said she wished she had been an actor, the two decided to

International Women's Day: Meet the grannies going to school

Image copyrightSatyaki Ghosh Every afternoon, the grandmothers of Phangane village wrap pink saris around themselves and slip abacuses and chalkboard into their backpacks. They are going to school. They live in Maharashtra state in India, a country where women are nearly a third less likely than men to be able to read and write. Some of them have trouble with seeing the letters, and others feel chest pain when they

Child monks of the Himalayas

Image copyrightCathal McNaughton/REUTERS High in the Himalayas, young novice monks in maroon robes take their lessons in the 15th-Century Thiksey monastery near Leh in Ladakh – known as the land of high passes – in Indian-administered Kashmir, disputed territory between India and Pakistan. With its whitewashed ramparts sitting over 3,000m high on a rocky crag, with breathtaking views across the Indus Valley to the mountains beyond, Thiksey is home to

Fading glory

Image copyright© Karan KapoorImage caption Mr and Mrs Carpenter, Tollygunge, Kolkata, 1981 London-based photographer Karan Kapoor has recorded some of India’s dying Christian communities who are trying to preserve their identities in rapidly changing times. One of the communities he has photographed extensively are the Anglo-Indians. A product of the British Empire, with a mixture of Western and Indian names, customs and complexions, several thousand Anglo-Indians live in India. The

Living in India

Image copyright(c) Mahesh Shantaram Image caption Hamza and Shukura from Nigeria, living in Jaipur, India In January, a Tanzanian student was assaulted and partially stripped by a mob in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after a Sudanese student’s car ran over and killed a local woman. Shocked by the incident and other similar attacks on Africans in India, independent photographer Mahesh Shantaram began documenting the lives of Africans living

Stunted growth

Image copyrightWaterAid/Ronny SenImage caption The report says India has at least 48 million stunted children under the age of five India has the highest number of children suffering from stunted growth in the world, the charity WaterAid says in a new report. The report, titled Caught Short, says India has at least 48 million stunted children under the age of five. Nigeria and Pakistan rank second and third with 10.3