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Stories about South Asia

22 January 2017

India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen

"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."

21 January 2017

A Persecuted Bangladeshi Writer Get a New Life in the US. But Exile Isn't Easy.

“I feel that I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile."

20 January 2017

Thousands Worldwide Protest Coal Plant Near the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

The Sundarbans is a World Heritage site due to its outstanding biodiversity.

Diplomacy via Twitter? Indian Minister Threatens Amazon Over Indian Flag Doormat

"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."

19 January 2017

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

18 January 2017

Discarded Plastic Bottles Become Blooming Plant Barricades at an Indian Railway Station

"The most critical impact of this simple intervention blew me away..."

A Nepali Transgender Model Is Set to Break Boundaries on the Catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week

"The path surely must not have been easy but I'm sure that this path will lead you to a bright and beautiful future that you truly deserve."

15 January 2017

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.

3 January 2017

Crowds Assault Women During New Year's ‘Night of Shame’ in Bangalore

"The Bangalore NYE event is shocking. Such disrespect and insecurity is being created for women"

1 January 2017

How ‘Open Source’ Seed Producers From the US to India Are Changing Global Food Production

Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.

30 December 2016

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

Bangladesh Blocks 560 Porn Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, where many people have expressed concerns about the spread and consumption of online pornography. But it is also a democracy.

29 December 2016

A Year of Violence in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Groups linked to ISIS, Ansar Al Islam or Ansarullah Bangla Team have claimed responsibility for violent attacks on intellectuals and regular citizens. What does this mean for the future?

In 2016, These YouTube Channels From India Offered Meaningful Content

YouTube India is not all songs, pranks or cat videos.

26 December 2016

Google Mapping of Public Toilets Is the Latest Effort to Stop Open Defecation in India

"It would be naive to think Google’s efforts will change attitudes and rectify India’s sanitation troubles altogether, especially since nearly 900 million Indians don’t have access to the internet..."

25 December 2016

Breaking a Four-Century Custom That Denied Women Temple Entry in India

"If we all have equal rights and freedom then why such restrictions on women?"

20 December 2016

In India, Moviegoers Are Expected to Stand for the National Anthem—Or Else

"I go to cinema to relax and amuse myself, not to show my patriotism to my fellow countrymen. People who question my patriotism can come to my house."

18 December 2016

Is Nepal No Country for Women?

Nepal's constitution has failed to bring equality to the country's women, but human rights advocates haven't given up.

15 December 2016

Controversial Legislation in Bangladesh Highlights the Complexity of Child Marriage

"Civil society easily can see child marriage but is blind to the fact why it happens. When there is development in society...child marriages will fall. We need time for that."

10 December 2016

Refugees in the US Keep Musical Traditions Alive With Kids’ Songs

A folklorist at the Erie Art Museum in the US state of Pennsylvania dreamed up the idea: helping refugees gain work skills while working with them to preserve their songs.

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