Stories about South Asia from March, 2008
Bhutan: On Democracy
Freedom in Bhutan on the recently conducted elections in the country, and the idea of “openness” in democracy.
Pakistan: Women and Honour
Five Rupees on the case of a woman who is trying to escape being killed for her family's honour – bringing to light issues of women's status in a society and the idea of lost honour.
Nepal: Tibet and protests
United We Blog! on why the government in Nepal should allow peaceful protests for the cause of Tibet, even if their political stand on the issue is different.
Nepal: Law enforcement
Bahas explores the idea of a “culture of impunity” – the legacy of poor law-enforcement in Nepal.
Pakistan: A new accountability bureau
Changing up Pakistan analyses the newly elected Government's decision to set up a brand new Accountability Bureau.
Sri Lanka: Politicial activism and Second Life
ICT4Peace from Sri Lanka comments on the new International Justice Center on Second Life and explores if the idea of political activism on Second Life can actually work.
Pakistan: Updating the Azaan
Five Rupees from Pakistan thinks that the traditional way of calling the faithful to pray – the Azaan is a bit outdated.
Nepal: Tibet, China and India
Nepali Netbook on the ambiguity of Nepal's response to the issues of Tibet and China.
Bangladesh: On Wilders’ Fitna
a bengali in TO has a look at Geert Wilders’ Fitna and finds it unimpressive and amateurish even for a rant.
India: Right Wing and Films
La Dolce Vita takes a closer look at Geert Wilders, a Dutch right wing parliamentarian who is in the news for making an anti-Islam film.
South Asia: Anti-Islam film
Voice of South on a controversial anti-Islam film made by a member of the Dutch parliament.
Pakistan: On Dictatorship
All Things Pakistan on the idea of democracies that don't quite live up to their promise, and the alternative – a dictatorship.
Bangladesh: Remembering a genocide
The 3rd World View and Mash write about an online initiative called the Bangladesh Genocide Archive – an attempt to document various testimonies, memories and articles of the events of 1971.
India: Releasing a leopard
Kalyan Varma photographs a leopard that was caught by the forest department, and was subject to much harassment.
India: Tata, Jaguar and Rover.
Earlier today it was announced that Tata Motors of India is acquiring Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motors, which was once one of three automotive giants of Michigan. Tata’s acquisition of these two high-end automobile brands is one of the central topics of conversation in global mainstream media and...
India: Tibet and the Media
The Acorn rips apart an editorial in a major Indian newspaper on the issue of Tibet.
South Asia: On Tibet
Pickled Politics on the reactions of various countries on the issue of Tibet and China.
Bhutan: More on elections!
Freedom in Bhutan on the outcome of the elections, and a quick look at the winners.
Bhutan: A new government
Whatever Matters!! on the recently conducted elections in Bhutan, the results and the huge voter turnout.
26th March – Bangladesh celebrates the Declaration of Independence
As Bangladesh celebrates its Independence Day on 26th March, the Bangla blogosphere is inundated with posts reliving the horrific Operation Searchlight that was launched by the Pakistan Army on 25th March 1971, in a desperate attempt to stamp out the Bengali Nationalist movement. Abul Bahar brings to life that fateful...
Maldives: Youth and Drugs
Power to the People from Maldives asks why youth in the country turns to drugs, and an interesting discussion follows in the comments space.