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Los Angeles Times

Shashank Bengali

Writer

Shashank Bengali is the Los Angeles Times’ South Asia correspondent, covering India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and surrounding countries. Previously he was a national security reporter based in Washington, D.C. He came to The Times in 2012 from McClatchy Newspapers, where he served as bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya; correspondent in Cairo and Baghdad; and national security editor in Washington. Over the past decade, he has reported from more than 40 countries and introduced readers to Somali pirates, Afghan warlords, Chinese race-car drivers, Nigerian film stars, Arab revolutionaries and other larger-than-life characters. He’s also written from overseas for Playboy magazine. Originally from Cerritos, he studied journalism at USC and earned a master’s in public policy from Harvard University.

Recent Articles

  • India's Supreme Court says it will reexamine gay-sex ban

    India's Supreme Court says it will reexamine gay-sex ban

    India’s Supreme Court said Tuesday that it would reexamine its decision criminalizing gay sex, giving hope to activists who have called the law a violation of fundamental rights. The high court said it would constitute a five-judge panel to hear an appeal by advocacy groups challenging the 2013...

  • Indian film about gay man held up as court debates 'social evil'

    Indian film about gay man held up as court debates 'social evil'

    It was a thorny topic for a debut feature film in India: the struggles of a gay man, with a cameo by a real-life gay prince, in a country where same-sex relations are outlawed. Yet when India's notoriously picky censor board approved the independent Gujarati-language drama "Meghdhanushya: The Color...

  • Taliban targets a major achievement of the U.S. war in Afghanistan: the private media

    Taliban targets a major achievement of the U.S. war in Afghanistan: the private media

    It was a cruel twist when many Afghans learned of last week's deadly Taliban bombing of a bus carrying workers of the country’s largest private broadcaster directly from the Tolo TV network.  The spread of private media has been one of the only clear successes in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led...

  • In Mumbai, club weddings call for grand receptions

    In Mumbai, club weddings call for grand receptions

    It's winter in Mumbai, which means the Queen's Necklace, the nickname for the sea-hugging boulevard whose street lamps evoke a string of pearls, is lighted more gaudily than usual. Along a half-mile stretch of the thoroughfare sits a succession of private clubs known as gymkhanas, where generations...

  • Bangladesh reeling after second wave of attacks possibly tied to Islamic State

    Bangladesh reeling after second wave of attacks possibly tied to Islamic State

    It has been nearly a year since Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born American citizen, was hacked to death on the street in this South Asian country's teeming capital, part of a series of grisly killings of secular writers who criticized Islamic fundamentalism. But in the last four months, Bangladesh...

  • India scales back 'rent-a-womb' services

    India scales back 'rent-a-womb' services

    Long before she married, at 14, Sushila Sunar had stopped going to school. She never learned to read. After her two children were born, she broke rocks at a construction site for a few dollars a day, the only work she could find. Then a woman approached Sunar with a job that paid nearly $6,000,...

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