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· January, 2009

Stories about South Asia from January, 2009

Sri Lanka: A Ceasefire, But For How Long?

  30 January 2009

Kettikili at pass the roti on the left hand side writes on the latest state of the war in Northern Sri Lanka: “The announcement of a ceasefire, however brief, is welcome news. But how long will it last?”

India: Blogger silenced

  30 January 2009

Chyetanya Kunte is an Indian blogger living in the Netherlands. On 27th of November, 2008 during the terror attacks in Mumbai he wrote a blog post (now available through Google cache) criticizing Indian private television channel New Delhi Television (NDTV) and particularly their group editor Barkha Dutt's coverage of the...

Bangladesh: The Future Of Jute In Peril?

  30 January 2009

With both the demand and prices of jute falling in the International market, many of the jute mills in Bangladesh are facing closure. At Muktangan, Monjuraul wonders whether the jute industry in Bangladesh will eventually perish.

Rohingya Muslims facing cultural genocide

  30 January 2009

Prof. Marranci writes that Rohingya Muslims are “victims of their lack of strategic value, both for their native Southeast Asia and the wider international community.” The Rohingyas are also “facing a slow, silent cultural genocide.”

India: Tamil Wikipedia Academy

  29 January 2009

Kiruba Shankar writes about the Tamil Wikipedia Academy and comments that initiatives like this “will encourage more regional language contribution from people within India.”

Sri Lanka: After The War

  28 January 2009

Darini Rajasingham Senanayake at Groundviews opines that the long ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka cannot be solved by military means alone. “It would require a political solution that ensures power-sharing with the minorities in the north and east. Otherwise the LTTE would very likely regroup and return to fight another...

Bhutan: Becoming Liberal To Sex

  27 January 2009

Freedom in Bhutan writes that the Bhutanese society is becoming liberal to sex. The free distribution of condoms have a role to play in this.

Bangladesh: The Trousers Island

  27 January 2009

Maverick Tanvier's Journal comments that Bangladesh is becoming a ‘Trousers Island’: “one in every seven trousers sold in the USA is made in Bangladesh”.

India: Rural vs Urban India

  27 January 2009

India in Peril posts a comparison: “(The) economic gap between the urban-rich and the rural-poor is very wide. This may be understood by the fact that a rural-poor is available for 10-12 hours of hard work a day for Rs 2,000/- a month, while the minimum wage of a government...

India: A New Blog School

  26 January 2009

Gautam Ghosh reports that the India blog school has organized a training program for Bloggers in Agra recently.

Pakistan: Where Is The Love For Culture?

  26 January 2009

Hasan Mubarak at Lahore Metblogs opines that Pakistanis are losing their cultural identity: “Isn’t our love for arts, culture, literature and our own aesthetic identity fading away?”

About our South Asia coverage

Rezwan is the South Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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