1. Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.
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    Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, India’s Supreme Court

    India’s Supreme Court enshrines the right of every human being to choose their gender

     


  2. This week I learned: there was a ‘Like’ button way before Facebook, that mathematical profile-based “science” of online dating actually started in India in 1500 BC, and Vladimir Putin has a (very fitting) favorite Beatles song.

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  3. 65
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    The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail.  In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment.  In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.

    India’s gay sex ban shows why the LGBT movement must go global

     

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  5. The last telegram ever is about to be sent

    On July 14, someone somewhere in India will tap out what is being called the world’s last telegram. India’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, has been holding out as other countries around the world retire their antiquated telegraph services. Now, after delaying the move for two years, the business operating what is considered to be the world’s last telegraph service is finally ready to pull the plug, saying telegrams are no longer commercially viable in the age of digital communications.

     

  6. A Hindu devotee flips his hair in the waters of the holy Ganges river during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Melad festival is believed to be the largest religious gathering on Earth, attracting more than 100 million people. The festival is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, and is celebrated for 55 days. 

    PHOTO: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

     

  7. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop … This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.”

    Self-described Indian “spiritual guru” Asaram Bapu told his followers that “guilt is not one-sided” in the case of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey who was brutally gang raped on a bus last month. She later died from her injuries. 

    Unfortunately, Bapu is not alone in his mindset. Here, 6 examples of politicians blaming the victim

    Photo: AP/Saurabh Das

     

  8. AGAIN. CONGRATULATION.

    On a beach in Odisha, an eastern Indian state, sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik crafts an elaborate if temporary salute to Obama’s win. Is that the Washington, D.C., skyline? We’re guessing yes.

    Photos of the world reacting to Obama’s win

    PHOTO: Reuters

     

  9. Top: South Korean special army soldiers show off their martial arts skills at the Gyeryong military headquarters south of Seoul. PHOTO: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

    Left: An Indian devotee carries the head of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, after immersing it in the Bay of Bengal during the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the southern Indian city of Chennai. The dip in the sea symbolizes a ritual seeing-off of Ganesh’s journey home, taking with him the misfortunes of mankind. PHOTO: REUTERS/Babu

    Right: Former President Bill Clinton kisses his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as he introduces her before her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 24. PHOTO: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    12 of this week’s best photos

     

  10. Introducing the McCurry Pan, one of the menu items to be offered at the world’s first vegetarian McDonald’s, which is set to open in Amritsar, a northern Indian city. 

    McDonald’s has always tried to tweak its menu to suit local tastes, a particularly daunting challenge in India, where up to 42 percent of the population avoids meat altogether. India’s Hindu majority, which considers cows holy, avoids beef. The country’s large Muslim minority shuns pork. Both Hindus and Muslims, however, can enjoy meat-free fare equally.

    "There is a big opportunity for vegetarian restaurants," says Rajesh Kumar Maini, a McDonald’s spokesman in northern India.

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  11. Top: A man walks his pet pig in Mexico City.

    Left: Masked protesters take part in a flash mob in support of Russian feminist band Pussy Riot.

    Right: Devotees form a human pyramid during the Hindu festival Janmashtami in Mumbai, India.

    More of this week’s best photos

     

  12. The week’s best photojournalism
    In some of the week’s most vivid images an incense-maker dries rose petals, a Mauritanian police officer rests in a tent , visitors cross a new elevated walkway constructed over a tiger’s pen, and members of the English National Ballet pose for an unlikely publicity photo.

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  13. Train surfing: India’s ‘perilous’ new sport

    Some “self-styled stuntmen” in Mumbai, India, have given the world a new extreme sport: Jumping on the side of a moving train, dragging their feet along the station platform, then hanging on the side of the train, slapping metal poles, and performing other terribly unsafe acrobatics.

    Probably one of the most nerve-racking videos you’ll watch today.