Stories about South Asia from July, 2015
Calls to #StopEvictions as Pakistani Authorities Bulldoze Slums
"Hey CDA: The children’s library in #Islamabad has been occupied by a religious seminary 4 yrs. Would you evict those illegal occupants too?"
Why Britain Owes India for 200 Years of Brutal Colonialism
"Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India. In fact Britain's industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India."
Why Indian Film Students Have Been Protesting for More Than a Month
Students object to the recently appointed Gajendra Chauhan as chairmen of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, complaining that he isn't qualified and is a political choice.
In Nepal, One Problem Is the Earthquake Didn't Knock Down Enough Houses
The massive earthquake damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings, but it didn't knock them all down. The focus now is building temporary shelter, mostly using whatever materials are on hand.
From Village Girl to World Ultramarathon Champion: The Inspiring Story of Nepal's Mira Rai
"As a young girl I...used to carry a bag of rice to the market to sell and bring money home. I grew up running."
The Consequences of India’s Lack of Toilets Go Beyond Hygiene
Open defecation leads to harassment among adolescent girls and women, and the country's discriminatory caste system means "the untouchables" are made to clean up waste in some areas.
Bangladesh's Rich Iftar Tradition in 12 Spectacular Photos
The streets in Bangladesh's capital are turning into open buffets for iftar, the sunset meal during the Islamic month of fasting.
Nepal Closes a National Park to Give Mating Red Pandas Some Privacy
The red panda’s breeding season starts from mid-June, but the shy creature is easily scared by noises. Red pandas are listed as an endangered species.
A 13-Year-Old Boy's Horrific Death Becomes Viral Facebook Video in Bangladesh
"A 13 yr old boy was beaten to death in 4 stealing. his murderers videoed & posted it on FB. I'm so ashamed to be a Bangladeshi today"
Bangladesh Activists Have Little Faith in Blogger Murder Investigations
"They are [attacking] bloggers because the Internet penetration is still low in the country and they want to silence freedom of speech that exposes their narratives and political message."
More Than 100 People Have Been Killed Extrajudicially This Year in Bangladesh
"We do not know what was done with my father. We do not know whether he is alive or dead. There is no progress in the case."
Every Year, 100,000 People in India Suffer From Tuberculosis and HIV
"India has been able to eradicate polio with its mission modedness. Why cant such urgency be brought to anti-TB/HIV program? #tickingTimeBomb"
In Deadly Heatwave, Karachi's Citizens Adopt Neglected Government Hospitals to Save Lives
Many of Karachi's 65,000 heatwave victims ended up in the city's poorly run government hospitals. Several organizations and individuals have stepped up to better the situation.
As Karachi Succumbs to a Record-Breaking Heatwave, Social Media to the Rescue
As a heatwave grips parts of Pakistan, dilapidated government hospitals struggle to cope with the influx of heatstroke patients. A tweet from Faisal Kapadia helps ease the situation in Karachi.