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· December, 2013

Stories about South Asia from December, 2013

The Challenges And The Future Of Microcredit In Bangladesh

Scott MacMillan and Priom Ahmed at BRAC blog cites a report from the World Bank’s Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) which identifies five trends that will define the...

Contemplating Nelson Mandela's Legacy in South Asia

"Nepali leaders have a lot to learn from Mandela's statesmanship, integrity, and lack of political ambition."

An Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal

Satire blog AmreekanDesi writes an open letter to the newly elected chief minister of Delhi, anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal: Now that you’ve given us this hope, please don’t let us...

What It's Like Growing Up In The Maldives?

Journalist and blogger Hilath Rasheed shares a Maldivian's thoughts in Facebook on “How is it like growing up in Male'/Maldives”: From Ibrahim Lirar: The most honest answer I can give...

Celebrating Christmas (Bara Din) in Bangladesh

Karim at Amader Kotha writes about how Christmas is celebrated in Bangladesh, a Muslim majority country: The Christian community in Bangladesh may be a minority when compared to the number...

PHOTOS: Humans Of South Asia

"It reminds me to love and respect everybody-- something many people here tend to have forgotten."

Pakistan Idol Makes Some Music Dreams Come True, Crushes Others

Pakistan now has its own version of the popular Idol singing competition. The first episode of Pakistan Idol was broadcast on December 6, 2013.

Impact Of Social Media In The Delhi Elections

Prior to the Delhi Legislative Assembly election (4 December 2013) the Delhi Election Commission vowed to monitor the social media for political campaigns looking for breach of model code of...

“Dekh Le” – Reminding How Men Look at Women In Public Places

Whistling Woods International (WWI), an institute for studies in film, media and fashion, released a YouTube video on December 16, 2013, exactly a year after the much talked about rape...

River Yamuna Needs Its Own Manifesto

Yamuna, the only major river flowing through Delhi is deteriorating in health over the decades. In the recent Delhi Assembly elections major political parties mentioned Yamuna saving plan in their...

Sri Lanka's Census On War Dead – A Step Towards Transparency and Reconciliation

The Government of Sri Lanka has started a census on the deaths, missing people and damage to property in the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam affecting the...

Bangladesh Breaks Human Flag, National Anthem World Records on Victory Day

27,117 volunteers stood with red and green placards to form the Bangladesh flag. More than 300,000 people sang the national anthem.

Despite Passage of India's Anti-Corruption Lokpal Bill, Public Mistrust Remains

The bill in its current form is disputed as toothless and has serious loopholes, which puts the complainant in a disadvantageous position.

The State Of Freedom Of Religion in Maldives

The Maldives ranks high on the list of governments that restrict religious freedom. Maldivian citizens have to be Muslim and cannot practice any religion other than Islam. Non-Muslim foreigners cannot...

Don't Just Retweet Blood Donation Requests. Donate!

Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan at Godyears asserts the importance of donating blood and wonders about the fate of all the blood request retweets in his Twitter timeline: Does anyone ever come...

The Postcolonialist Calls for Submissions on ‘Sites of Home’

A recently launched online magazine and journal, The Postcolonialist, is calling for submissions for the upcoming edition of its academic journal. The Postcolonialist is an inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual publication featuring research, commentary, and creative production from and...

Without Regulation, India's Domestic Workers Face Low Pay and Other Abuses

The dramatic arrest of India's deputy consul in New York Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud for overstating the wages of her housekeeper has renewed concern for domestic workers.

Bangladesh-Pakistan Relations Sour Over Islamist Leader's War Crimes Execution

Pakistan's lower house adopted a resolution expressing concern over the hanging of Abdul Quader Mollah, and some claimed that the real reason for his execution was his “loyalty to Pakistan”.

Pashto Singer Ghazala Javed's Ex-Husband Sentenced to Death for Her Murder

During her lifetime, Ghazala Javed bravely defied Taliban pressure to stop singing and spoke up against creeping Talibanization in her hometown Swat.

Indian Diplomat Devyani Khobragade's Arrest, Strip Search Earn Apology from US

US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly expressed regret in a phone call to India's National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon over how the arrest of Devyani Khobragade was handled.

About our South Asia coverage

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


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