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Stories about South Asia

29 August 2015

India Has a Less-Than-Rosy Track Record on Media Freedom

The government recently threatened to pull the licenses of three news channels over criticism of the execution of Yakub Menon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

27 August 2015

No, India, Hindi Will Not Take Over Without a Fight

People all across India are pushing back against government policies and new trends in human migration that have made the imposition of the Hindi language a sensitive political issue.

22 August 2015

This Doctor Has Written Thousands of Postcards to Get Health Advice to India's Poor

He spent his career trying to deliver health care outside of expensive hospitals. Now, he's sick — but he doesn't want to get treatment.

18 August 2015

Students Push for Alcohol Prohibition in Southern India Street Protests

"The protests against the prohibition of alcohol are a great move. If Tamil Nadu government bans the sale of alcohol, it will be greatly appreciated by the general population."

15 August 2015

Why Is Gang Rape and Child Rape Skyrocketing in Bangladesh?

Some observers say rape and sexual harassment would rise in parallel with women empowerment since this patriarchal society denies freedom of women.

14 August 2015

Is Pakistan's Least Developed Province Balochistan Getting its Share of Federal Jobs?

We look at the latest advertised federal jobs in Pakistan and find that Balochistan is only allocated half of its quota.

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

13 August 2015

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, “Don't Cross the Line”

Global Voices Advocacy

"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

12 August 2015

Will Nepal's Gadhimai Temple End Its Centuries-Old Animal Sacrifice Rituals?

News reports that the Gadhimai temple -- which hosts one of the world’s biggest massacre of animals -- will ban their centuries-old ritual of sacrifice, turned out to be wrong.

9 August 2015

Maldivians March to Mark Anniversary of Local Journalist's Disappearance

Global Voices Advocacy

"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."

7 August 2015

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger To Be Killed in 2015

Global Voices Advocacy

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

“They Can't Take Our Flag!”: Madagascar Outraged at 2015 Indian Ocean Games

The 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games in Réunion have been plagued by incidents which escalated into a diplomatic row between Madagascar and France.

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

Global Voices Advocacy

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

6 August 2015

Buddha’s Beads Fetch Millions for Farmers in Central Nepal

News guaranteed to thrill Buddhists and botanists around the world: a Nepalese tree famous for its use in making Buddhist prayer beads, has been described as a new species.

“We Will Choke You”: How Indian Women Face Fatal Threats on Facebook While Trolls Roam Free

Global Voices Advocacy

One Facebook user threatened to choke her. Two days later, on August 4, Inji Pennu's Facebook account was suspended.

3 August 2015

#NepalQuake: When Human Trafficking Is not Earth-Shattering And More Needs To Be Done

Post-earthquake, an overwhelmed Nepali state struggles to develop a long-term vision to tackle the vultures of human trafficking within and beyond its borders.

2 August 2015

Indians Blast Facebook Over Broken Community Standards

Global Voices Advocacy

"What the **** are community standards if they cannot take down a page purely abusive in nature, harassing a woman using her photos and other personal details?"

1 August 2015

A Holiday Too Delicious to Resist

Twitter users from the Indian state of Odisha have launched a campaign to dedicate an entire day to their state delicacy, a dessert known as Rasagola.

31 July 2015

Calls to #StopEvictions as Pakistani Authorities Bulldoze Slums

"Hey CDA: The children’s library in #Islamabad has been occupied by a religious seminary 4 yrs. Would you evict those illegal occupants too?"

25 July 2015

Why Britain Owes India for 200 Years of Brutal Colonialism

"Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India. In fact Britain's industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India."

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