Stories about South Asia from October, 2014
How Young, Independent Women are Making a Space for Themselves in Pakistan's Music Industry
Young and independent female artists must chart their own paths in a country with few formal music schools, where music is a skill traditionally passed from generation to generation.
India's Loud, Messy, Not-So-Happy Diwali Celebrations
What prevents Indians from addressing the environmental damages inflicted by Diwali? Is it that the public is simply ignorant about the threats to their own health and safety?
Blogger Argues Corporate Sponsorship Cheapening Bangaldeshi Folk Culture
The first time around, those of us who had been visiting Cheuria for many years, were shocked to find the sponsorship junk.
There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives
Used batteries, asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous waste dumped at Thilafushi island are seeping into the water, but environmental concerns have never materialized into a campaign by local activists.
Talk Show Inspires 1 Million+ Callers to Protest India's Anti-Gay Law
"Satyamev Jayate" aired an episode on October 19, 2014 called "Accepting Alternative Sexualities" that attempted to challenge misconceptions about India's LGBT community. Soon after, #FreedomForLGBT was trending on Twitter.
Kashmir Witnesses ‘Worst Violence in a Decade’ Between India and Pakistan
The latest unrest in Kashmir has been called the region's “worst in a decade," and many fear it could destroy the 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan altogether.
More Than 40 Million People Await the Launch of Odia Wikisource
Speakers of Odia will soon have mountains of books to read online in their mother tongue, following the launch of the Odia Wikisource, which will make accessible many rare books.
It's Blog Action Day: Let's Talk About Inequality
Global Voices is an official partner for the event, which tackles the issue of inequality this year.
An Indian Photoblogger's Lone Fight Against Plagiarism
Indian photoblogger Anirban Saha points to a growing problem in India — plagiarism of intellectual property online. A number of his photos were used in a poster for a theatre festival, on a cover of a book, in an advertisement by the state government, in political banners, in magazines in...
What’s Been Worse for India: Cyclone Hudhud or the Media Frenzy About It?
On Twitter, many Indians have complained that sensationalism in the news is causing more damage than the storm itself.
A Student Movement Against a Mishandled Sexual Abuse Investigation Rocks West Bengal
Students, as well as members of the general public, have mounted a sudden and effective campaign to express their outrage with the way authorities have handled a recent molestation case.
Security Risks Exposed at Amusement Park in Dhaka
During the Eid holidays, Carnival Park at Jamuna Future park welcomed a large number of visitors. On October 7, 2014, one of its attractions, the 360-degree shuffle ride, stopped in the middle of a ride. Everyone on-board was stuck in their seats for about an hour. The ride had no emergency...
In new iOS, Apple Introduces Five Indic Language Input Methods
Computer giant Apple in its newest release of iOS8, expands its languages by adding more input methods and interface languages.
Mobile Apps Put Durga Puja at the Fingertips of Millions
This year, there are several mobile apps available to help navigate Puja pandal hopping in several Indian cities better planned and more informed than ever.
Once Banned From the US, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Stateside
Modi, who was banned from entering the United States for nearly 10 years, has reached out to the Indian diaspora in the US and top CEOs during his visit.