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Stories about South Asia

5 December 2016

A Bangladeshi Railway Employee Saves a Man, Finally Gets Recognition

"The world seems better and nicer because of acts of a few brave and earnest people. My respect to Gateman Billal for his act of humanity."

2 December 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at a Time

Why are the aspirations of young girls’ treated differently from those of young boys? Why are girls prepared for housework from an early age and boys are allowed to play?

30 November 2016

The Botched Affair of India's Demonetization Drive Against Black Money

"Found an ATM with cash and absolutely no crowd. The ATM has only 2000 notes hence no one wants"

29 November 2016

A Bollywood Actress Inspires Hilarious Book Misinterpretations With Her ‘Animal Farm’ Gaffe

"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews"

28 November 2016

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

23 November 2016

How My Father Recorded 100 Days of Curfew In Kashmir

The Bridge

"According to Google Maps, my father has his free movement restricted to 990 metres, 10 metres less than a kilometre."

Bangladeshis Watch Launch of Uber in Their Country With Relief and Caution

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is known for its lack of public transport and notorious traffic jams.

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

15 November 2016

UN Chiefs Chat Trump, Climate Change, Migration, and Water with Global Voices

Work tackling some of the world's most pressing issues should continue, regardless of the new US president-elect's positions on them.

13 November 2016

Two Slain Youth Become Tragic Symbols of Ongoing Police Brutality in Sri Lanka

This post by Raisa Wickrematunge originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with...

12 November 2016

Braving Crackdowns by India, These Young Kashmiri Volunteers Keep Neighbourhoods Safe

In the past three months, the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Reserve Police have arrested around 7,000 people in the Kashmir Valley often at the dead of the night.

10 November 2016

Withdrawal of Large Currency Bank Notes Creates Panic in India

"Spare a thought for all the maids, drivers, too. They also get paid their salary in Rs500 notes. Hope the Govt has massive outreach program."

9 November 2016

There's a Scary Pattern of Phony Facebook Posts Used as an Excuse to Attack Hindus in Bangladesh

A worrying pattern of violence targeting Hindu communities and other minorities continues in Bangladesh.

6 November 2016

Shehzil Malik Draws the Harassment She Experiences on Pakistan's Streets

“Seeing a woman outside should be normal...It shouldn’t matter. But the fact that it does means this conversation needs to happen."

3 November 2016

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

28 October 2016

Rural Women in Northern India Are Challenging Patriarchy by Removing Their Veils

"If women want to wear veil let them. If they do not want to wear veil let them. It is [as] simple as that."

25 October 2016

Sri Lankan Tourism: Booming Again, But Mostly for the Military

The Sri Lankan military is investing heavily in the tourism business. The armed forces have several hotels and resorts, many restaurants and cafes, and other tourist facilities.

21 October 2016

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

The Bridge

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

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