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They might be Web-savvy, well-educated, well-off and living in a big city, but almost all women looking for a partner on India’s popular matrimonial websites want to marry within their religion and within their caste as well

Apphia K. and her friends discuss change, coming out, LGBT politics, and the growth of Pune’s Queer Family. This article originally appeared in the July 2010 issue of The Queer Chronicle. (http://issuu.com/thequeerchronicle/docs/the_queer_chronicle_-_july_2010.)

Many countries have ill-treated and persecuted their indigenous people, often in worse ways than India. But while some leaders like Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd have gone on record to apologise for past actions, India doesn’t even want to acknowledge what it has done to its tribal populations, says Tarsh Thakaekara.

Nandini Rao asks: Who determines what the word 'beauty' means? Do we really need 'global' standards -- or standardisation -- of beauty?

Sridala Swami questions our attitude to death as something distasteful and frightening. The fact is, she says, we are all in a process of dying from the moment our lives begin. We cannot predict it, avoid it altogether or deny its existence. 

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