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Hindu women offer prayers to the sun god by venturing into the foam-coated waters of the Yamuna River (a major tributary of the Ganges) in New Delhi, India. The river is responsible for 70 per cent of the city’s water supply but is severely polluted at this stretch. Recently city authorities have taken to deploying blowers to push back the foam from the banks during festivals, so that the faithful can take a holy dip. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

Rivers: holy waters

We need thriving rivers in order for life on Earth to flourish. But often how we treat them shows little understanding of this basic principle. Dinyar Godrej ventures into the maelstrom.

Latest issue: July-August 2022

Rivers of life

A person sits on top of a pile of coins and reads a book

Naomi Fowler of Taxcast investigates the lax standards of the company registration process in the UK, and makes some alarming discoveries.

Rohingya-built temporary shanties often persist in dilapidated conditions in Jammu. Picture credit. Kamran Yousuf.

A renewed crackdown on refugee camps in Kashmir is forcing Rohingya refugees out of India and back to Bangladesh and Myanmar. Mubashir Naik reports.

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Shadrack Omuka meets the Maasai women using photography as a way to preserve Kenya's Loita forest.

Scraps of torched cars left in Shiv Vihar from the 2020 Delhi riots. Credit: Banswalhemant

Nilanjana Bhowmick on the routine communal violence that is a state-sponsored blot on India’s democracy.

A person holds a placard demanding Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign after his government lost its majority in the parliament, amid the country's economic crisis, during a protest near to a road leading to the parliament building in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

With the Sri Lankan president fleeing to the Maldives, New Internationalist examines his modus operandi – and how he rose to the top of a powerful dynasty


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