Stories about South Asia from April, 2016
The devastating quake hit on April 25, 2015, killing almost 9,000 people and leaving many thousands homeless.
"How can we call ourselves progressive where such evil custom of society thrives."
While native-language Wikipedias are becoming game-changers in other parts of the world, India, in spite of having numerous languages, lags way behind. Here are a few of the reasons why.
Since 2005, at least 23 bloggers and activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views.
Rezaul Karim Siddique joins a long list of intellectuals, bloggers and foreigners who have lost their lives in similar killings purportedly carried out by Islamist militants.
These White Butterflies from Nepal are Spreading a Message of Hope and Social Change Throughout the World
Usually flight attendants say, "Thank you for flying with us." Whenever I meet them I say, "Thank You for flying with me!"
Shreesha lost her home in Nepal's 2015 earthquake, but she has managed to stay in school. Now she just needs the other kids to stop taunting her for being homeless.
In a move that's being called both “unprecedented and bold,” the most powerful man in Pakistan has dismissed half a dozen army officers over allegations of corruption.
"Incredible cloudscape almost inspired me as an abstract-impressionist-artist. Never saw in my life."
As many as 3,228 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in 2015; that is almost nine farmers every day.
"Stop using anti-terror policies to quash the voices of peaceful and unarmed peasant protesters #PeasantsNotTerrorists #FreeOkara5"
Norbert Almeida is a security expert who for the past several years has provided security updates and security guides to the public via Twitter and his blog.
The government maintains that limiting or even eliminating media coverage of civil unrest helps curb violence. But not everyone agrees with this approach.
There are some incomprehensible English lyrics and some off-tune singing. But that isn't what Taher is about. He is creating viral art.
"Realise that you have internalized concepts of misogyny...and instead of policing how they should resist, or debating whether or not this is effective, support them."
Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".
"We hope that words will thus roam around places and find their ways into people’s thought, leading us to a better tomorrow."
The groundbreaking New Delhi center supports survivors medically, legally, emotionally and financially.
The 28-year-old law student was murdered by three assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 7, 2016. The young man was most likely targeted for his critiques of religious conservatism.
Riot police used brute force and pepper spray and strip-searched both male and female journalists, who hailed from several local media organizations.
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Rezwan is the South Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.