Stories about South Asia from June, 2016
Political Sniping Follows India's Failure to Win Nuclear Suppliers Group Membership
"Those dissing govt becoz india not part of nsg : this is the reason we not respected : letting politics come in way of standing by nation"
Teacher Shortages Aren't Always Hopeless, Proves Human Rights Group in India
A recent report by Oxfam found that 37 percent of the Indian government's primary schools lack adequate teachers due to insufficient funding.
As Delhi's Ruling Party Demands Full Statehood, Could Dexit Follow Brexit?
On the heels of Brexit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, says that Delhi will soon have a referendum on full statehood -- but is a referendum even constitutional?
Iconic Pakistani Sufi Singer Amjad Sabri Is Murdered in Broad Daylight
"If you're looking for a reason as to why he died. You won't find one, if someone asks you 'Why', just say 'Because...Pakistan'."
India's LGBTQ Community Accuses Prime Minister of Hypocrisy Over His ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ for Orlando
"Your 110 character tweet was missing five important characters. Five characters that would reveal a truth that your government is refusing to acknowledge-LGBTQ’!"
Four Donors in India Rescued a Man in Bangladesh with a Rare Blood Group. Now What Were You Saying About Borders?
A 25-year-old man in Bangladesh with a rare blood group was going to die without blood donors. When they couldn't be found at home, four people in Mumbai stepped up.
The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Just Do Your Job, Man.
This week we take you to Russia, India, Madagascar, Venezuela and Singapore.
One Photographer’s Mission to Change People’s Perception of Burn Survivors
"For me all of them are inspiring. They are not victims. They are survivors. Fighters. Literally, they are happy."
Ramadan in Sri Lanka Is More Than You Think
Although Sri Lanka has grappled with divisions along ethnic and religious lines, in challenging times citizens do come together to help each other, casting aside their differences.
Indian Court Condemns Film Board for ‘Censoring’ Movie on Drug Abuse
With numerous instances of censorship and bans targeting ‘freedom of expression’, Indian filmmakers are up in arms in an attempt to see this Bollywood film released soon without major cuts.
Pakistani Senator Threatens Activist With Rape on Live Television
"[Hamdullah] called me a whore and said, "I will take off your trousers and your mother's!"
For Stunning Glimpses of 20th-Century Nepal, Check Out ‘Nepal in Pix’ on Twitter
Student examinations in the 1970s, legal marijuana in the 1960s, and royal hunts and legacy rulers at the turn of the 20th century all appear in Nepal in Pix photos.
A Grandmother and Granddaughter in India Are Making Beautiful Media Together
"The whole world is learning, why should I not learn? I have a lot more to learn. It is important to walk along with the world."
Body Shaming on the Floor of Pakistan's Parliament: ‘Someone Make This Tractor Trolley Keep Quiet’
"The weakest of the weak; the ones who have no clue what intellect or intelligence is...usually indulge in name-calling or nasty jibes."
Colorful, Human-Powered Rickshaws Rule the Road in Bangladesh's Capital Dhaka
"...aside from the sound of car-horns, the constant sonic backdrop is a chorus of tinkling bicycle bells and the tin carcases of empty rickshaws rattling over the uneven roads."
Pakistan's Censor Has a Thing or Two to Say About ‘Immoral’ Television
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently issued a "show-cause" notice to a TV channel regarding a drama series that portrays the issue of sexual abuse against children.
No Country for Gags? Politicians Go After Indian Comedian Over Snapchat Video
Indian right-wing political parties armed with police complaints have threatened comedian Tanmay Bhat for posting a parody video on two prominent Indian celebrities.
Bangladesh's ‘Eco-Cooler’ Beats the Heat Without Electricity
A new social venture has come up with a simple idea to provide a cheap solution to the problem of overheating in the summer in areas without electricity.
India’s Anti-African Racism Is Once Again in the Spotlight After a Congolese Man’s Beating Death
"Say 'India loves you,' then, to Muslims, Dalits, Africans, seculars...and go right back to kicking them in the face?
India Moves Against Illegal Immigration from Bangladesh, Plans to Seal Border in Assam
India says it wants to seal the border with Bangladesh in Assam. The Bhartiya Janta Party says these measures are a necessary defense against illegal immigration.
One Young Couple's Mission to Save Athletics in Pakistan
Their day job? Actuaries. But the rest of the time, Jawwad Farid and Fawzia Salahuddin turn into superheroes, helping young Pakistani athletes pursue their dreams.