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Stories about South Asia

15 November 2018

Bangladesh's now-postponed repatriation would have turned the plight of Rohingya refugees from bad to worse

"How can repatriation still be an objective, when all the evidence shows that these cyclical influxes into Bangladesh are rooted in Myanmar's persecution and denial of citizenship to Rohingya?"

11 November 2018

A Conversation with Gyani Maiya Sen, one of the last speakers of a dying Nepali language

"...her commanding tone was the evidence of the aura she might have carried around when she was young -- powerful like a ‘queen of the jungle'."

10 November 2018

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

6 November 2018

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

2 November 2018

“The people's voices” prevail: Sri Lanka's prime ministerial crisis to be put to a parliamentary vote

Sri Lanka's political crisis is halted as the president schedules a parliamentary vote to decide who should be the country's prime minister.

23 October 2018

Landslide victory for Bhutan's centre-left party following peaceful general elections

This is only the third democratic elections to take place in the tiny, landlocked South Asian country since it abolished its Monarchy and adopted a new constitution in 2008.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Advox

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

8 October 2018

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

3 October 2018

Nepal roars with pride to become the first country to double its wild tigers by 2022

"We are proud to have helped protect these endangered cats. It’s good for conservation and for tourism."

28 September 2018

Indian football is fighting a losing battle to keep its fans

A decent outing for the national team at next year's AFC Asian Cup might help lift some of the gloom surrounding the sport.

Free speech advocates say Bangladesh's new Digital Security Act is ‘ripe for abuse’

Advox

"Journalism is surely not for increasing conflict, or for tarnishing the image of the country," said PM Hasina, in response to critics.

25 September 2018

Nepalese citizens fight against impunity with the “Rage Against Rape” campaign

"...what is happening to girls who are suffering in silence? Are we always going to play reactionary politics or improve our justice system?"

23 September 2018

A sea-change in Maldives politics as opposition presidential candidate declares a win

As of 2 a.m. in the Maldives (GMT+5) Solih "said he had won by a 16 percent margin over incumbent Abdulla Yameen" and urged for a peaceful transition.

19 September 2018

Riverbank erosion disaster in Bangladesh leaves thousands homeless

"The devastating erosion of the Padma River is ongoing for the last couple of years, no initiative to build a dam or embankment was taken by the local administration."

15 September 2018

Protestors artfully demand the release of Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh's prisoner of conscience

Advox

"When a regime is governed by nothing but fear, it is often a sign that the regime might have lost its plot."

13 September 2018

Meet Ujwol Dangol, founder of Kathmandu's first skate park

Despite skate's growing popularity around the world -- even set to debut in the summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo --, in Nepal, it is still somewhat associated with criminality.

12 September 2018

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

7 September 2018

It is now legal to be gay in India

"For 29 years, I have lived in the shadow of this law, and now, just like that, it’s gone."

South Asian governments keep ordering internet shutdowns — and leaving users in the dark

Advox

“Operators owe complete transparency to their users, as consumers who are paying them money and also in the interest of accountability.”

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