Stories about South Asia from August, 2006
India: Limca Book of Blog Records
A blog to collect facts on blogging records in India at Limca Book of (Blog) Records.
Sri Lanka: A National Government
A Land like no Other on the possibilities of National Government in Sri Lanka. “Party politics has spoiled this country to a level where after your race and religion, supported political party is the next most common factor of distinguishing people into groups.”
Nepal: Politics and Beauty Queens
United We Blog! on a conversation with contestants for Miss Teen Nepal 2006. “The beauties looked confused and Arpana came up with the answer once again. “If you ask me I can easily say what should have been done but can’t say what exactly needs to be done.” An answer...
Nepal: Get rid of Democracy
Blogdai scans the political horizon and suggets we get rid of democracy.
Bangladesh: Diaspora Group Blogs
Rezwan highlights diaspora blogs from South Asia on the occassion of Blog Day 2006.
I don't quite know what the appropriate salutation would be for this auspicious cyber day, so I'll just go with a very happy World Blog Day to all fellow bloggers and readers of GV! Hope the power of blogs and citizen journalism grow ten fold and beat the daylights out...
India: Is The World Really Flat? It looks like.
This round-up is a patchwork quilt of blog postings with a global flavor. And flavor is the key word since we end our journey with a culinary post that takes us back to the 15th century which was the start of another globalization era....
India: Linux and Coke
Nanopolitan on the recent move in Kerala on promoting open source and Linux in public institutions and how the issue is being fused with a rather disconnected one of the ban on Coke and Pepsi in the state.
India: Tourists in the UK
30 in 2005 on the phenomenon of more Indian tourists in the UK. “And these are not just salwar kameez and saree aunties who have come to look after their children/ grand-children. These are bona fide tourists. Backpacks, cameras and sneakers. All the way from India.”
Pakistan: Internet governance
Tee Emm's Window to Pakistan on internet governance in the country.
Pakistan: Bugti and the Nation
Perspectives on the current domestic crisis in Pakistan at Metroblogging Lahore. “While I mourn Bugti's death as a Pakistani, I do believe Bugti was a misguided man. He allowed himself to be used by nefarious foreign elements as a pawn against the good of this nation. “
Bangladesh: Bangla Canadian bloggers
Mezba has a list of Bangladeshi bloggers in the Greater Toronto Area. “I thought it would be a nice time to introduce some of the blog talent that I know of. Here, in no particular order, are a few Bengali-Canadian blogs. A few I know personally, others through their blogs.”
India: Street Art
Trivial Matters has a wonderful post on street art in India. “The question now arises that are the best and the brightest advertisers in India really the guys working in AC buildings behind their Macs or the street artists who dream up exciting graphics which are then rolled out on...
India: The National Song
A recent controversy surrounding the move to make the singing of the National Song compulsary has had some minority groups protest. Indian Muslims on what the issue with singing the song – Vande Mataram is all about.
Nepal: Festivals and Politics
United We Blog! on how festivals for women reinvent themselves to be more socially and politically relevant.
Bangladesh: Coal and Human Lives
The energy crisis rears its ugly head, albeit in a different way. Rezwan on Coal, environment and people, pitted against each other in Bangladesh.
Pakistan: Blog Block Back?
Is the blog block in Pakistan back? All Things Pakistan on the latest developments with a couple of theories on why this probably happened.
India: God of Encroachment
Recursive Hypocrisy on the God of Encroachment in Chennai – Vinayaka. Where every few feet you stumble into a a tiny temple. Power and boundaries in a secular country defined by how many temples one can make.
India: Flights and racial profiling
While racial profiling of some passengers may have contributed to their being detained in Amsterdam has bothered quite a few people. Dhoomketu writes about insensitive travellers and Govindraj remembers another flight journey where some passengers created quite a commotion.
Sri Lanka: For a few Ministers more
The number of Ministers in Sri Lanka appear to have gone up. Aachcharya discusses how the public will have to finance these extra Ministers and if it makes sense to have a Ministry for Youth Affairs and one for Youth Empowerment.
Nepal: On the interim draft constitution
Bahas on the features of the Nepali interim draft constitution. I like what it says about women. “Once the interim constitution becomes effective, women will enjoy equal property rights and all types of discrimination against women will end. Women will have right to participate by one third in each structure...