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Indian sari designer Sharmila Nair’s campaign, 18 Shades of Black, features 18 women draped in beautiful black saris designed by her, talking about the subtle gender discrimination they face in their daily life. The campaign was inspired by last year’s protests in Kerala after the Supreme Court revoked a ban on women of menstruating age from entering the Sabarimala temple. The name of the campaign comes from the fact that there are 18 steps in the Sabarimala shrine, and black because that’s the colour all devotees wear. You can read our story on this here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50232031


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This tiny village in Sikkim is showing the rest of India how to live without single-use plastic. #plasticfree #environment #singleuseplastic #sikkim #lachung


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"You may not agree with gay sex being legal, but now you are forced to accept that it exists." How has life changed for the LGBTQ community in the one year since India's Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality?


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The BBC is releasing a special virtual reality film about friendship, faith and loneliness at India’s Kumbh Mela tomorrow. Watch this space. #india #indianwomen #kumbh #kumbhmela #kumbhmela2019 #faith #hinduism #allahabad #ganges #ganga #friendship


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“Every woman has a breast story. The shape and size of your breasts contribute to who you are". Indu Harikumar - @induviduality - has been asking women to share the “personal stories” of their breasts and drawing their experiences. She spoke to @geetapandeybbc about her two-month-old art project and the immense response she has received. Find the link in our stories or visit our site. #identitty #breasts #women #art #instagramart #india #indianwomen


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Convoy of cars approaching #Wagah border from Pakistan. Captured Indian fighter pilot #Abhinandan believed to be among them.


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Congratulations to the women of Kathikhera! Period. End of Sentence. - their story about working in a pad-making factory in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh - has won the Oscar for best documentary short. 👏👏👏 #oscars2019 #india #uttarpradesh #indianwomen #women #periods (Photo by Abhishek Madhukar)


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This frog from the Western Ghats belongs to a new species - Mysticellus - that has just been discovered by Indian researchers. They found it in a roadside puddle. To find out how that happened, click the link in our Instagram story. #india #wildlife #frog #westernghats #westernghatsofindia #conservation


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Today's Google Doodle celebrates Anglo-Indian Sake Dean Mahomed - he introduced Britain to India's food and its fine art of "champi", a robust style of massage beloved by millions. And on this day in 1794, he became the first Indian writer to publish a book in English, The Travels of Dean Mahomed. He opened England's first Indian restaurant - Hindostanee Coffee House - in London in 1810. After it closed, he moved to Brighton and started what became a successful business - the first "shampooing" bath, where people would pay for a massage and a steamed bath. #India #googledoodle #angloindian #history


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The Kinnar Akhara, a transgender congregation, arrived at the Kumbh Mela today in a colourful procession and headed towards the river to take a dip. Hindus believe bathing at the confluence of the sacred Ganga and Yamuna rivers will cleanse their sins and bring salvation. (Photo by @ankit.srinivas ) #KumbhMela2019 #KumbhMela #Sangam #Allahabad #Hinduism #faith #religion #India


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At least 15 million people are expected to bathe today as the #kumbhmela2019 begins in #Allahabad (recently renamed #Prayagraj) #kumbh. (Photo by @geetapandeybbc )


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The #Kumbh Mela, billed as the world’s largest gathering of people on earth, will kick off on Tuesday in Allahabad. Organisers expect about 120 million pilgrims to attend the mela this year. #india (Photo credit: The BBC’s Varun Nayar @manymanymonkeys)


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