Stories about South Asia from January, 2011
Adil Najam writes about the very strange case of Raymond Davis, a said staff member of the US Consulate in Lahore, who shot two Pakistani men dead in a crowded part of Lahore.
“So why exactly do we twitter?” asks Indian blogger Offstumped.
An Ordinary Citizen wonders whether there are any political reasons behind the indictments against Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus and asks: “does Dr. Yunus represent the 3rd force in Bangladesh?”
The ongoing protests in Egypt have ‘electrified’ netziens in the Maldives. These uprisings have a special significance to the Maldivians as it brings back flashbacks of pro-democracy protests held only a few years ago to bring democracy to the Indian Ocean island nation.
When the Egyptian government decided to go for a total Internet shutdown of the country to curb the growing anti-government protests, people in the Maldives were reminded of 13 August, 2004, when the government of Maldives blocked Internet in the country following a massive pro-democracy demonstration.
Commenting on the corruption in Bangladesh Kazi Rubaiat Imam at The Lunatic Is On The Grass proposes to develop a website where everyone can “see and update the rates of bribes for getting things done at the government offices”.
Munna on the Run hopes that social media conversations will work as a gentle persuading force against the profit-at-any-cost market forces and re-ignite a common sense approach to development.
Greatbong at Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind posts a hilarious take on the status and chances of the participating teams to win the 2011 World Cup Cricket.
Maldivian blogger Hassan Ziyau recently visited Srinagar, the capital of Indian controlled Kashmir and blogged about the other side of Kashmir which often fails to capture the limelight.
iFaqeer opines that the most exhilarating part of a street movement is often the slogans being chanted. This Pakistani blogger urges to the protesters in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia: “I would like to request, beg, supplicate those on the ground, and watching from afar and who speak Arabic to please...
Runa at Uber Desi writes in details about the scam of Tri Valley University in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, which has now been shut down. Hundreds of Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, were enrolled in this University and they now face the threat of...
Sticks, ducks, carcasses, horses, raiding and dancing all have one thing in common: they are all elements used in some of the world's national sports. Today's videos show us a bit about the sports and games that people play in different parts of the world.
Judiciary or parliament, which is superior in Bangladesh? An Ordinary Citizen sheds a light on the recent controversy involving judiciary and the parliament.
Uday Foundation reports that every Saturday its volunteers and friends visit various hospitals in Delhi, India for storytelling to the kids admitted there to cheer them up.
Bhumika Ghimire moderated a panel discussion on case discrimination and Nepali women where Dr. Drona Rasali and Ms. Sushma Barakoti, two influential members of Nepali diaspora, were present. You can listen to the discussion in her blog Bhumika's American Adventure.
In a gruesome incident, an additional district collector was burnt alive today - allegedly by petrol and diesel mafia while investigating fuel related irregularities. As the news broke, netizens reacted with shock and outrage.
Andrew Hyde, an American traveler blogs about a different kind of Nepal, far from the notion of Shangri-La most people fantasize about. He describes the country's grinding poverty, alarmingly high pollution in the capital Kathmandu and the sad reality of child labor. Certainly not something the Government included in its official promotions for...
“Pakistan’s quasi-democracy might be the nation’s last chance, before a tide of part real, and part manufactured extremism engulfs the country,” opines Raza Rumi.
Veena Malik, an aspiring Pakistani celebrity, was accused by religious hardliners of immoral behavior as she took part in the Indian reality show Big Boss. Reactions on this controversy show that Pakistan now stands divided amongst its conservative and liberal forces.
Santosh at Uber Desi opines that American chain restaurants are taking India by storm.
Adnan Bashir at Pak Tea House writes what the meltdown in Tunisia means for Pakistan.