Stories about South Asia from August, 2016
There's Finally a Programming Language in Bengali Script, Thanks to ‘Potaka’
"We have been looking forward to a coding language in Bengali for a long time. Why should our higher learning and computer learning be in a foreign language?"
Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!
Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.
Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan
The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.
An MIT Lesson in Failure Helps Deliver Fresh Milk to Millions in India
"This program is trying help push us to make sure we’re not just coming out and often looking at things very simplistically or paternally..."
Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise
Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.
The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka
The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.
A Citizen Journalist in India Took on the Local Government Over Pensions—and Won
"I know how important are a few hundred rupees in an impoverished person’s life. It means food, medicine and security."
In India, a Nationalistic ‘Witch Hunt’ Targets Journalists Who Exposed #BabyLift Trafficking Operation
According to its constitution, India is a secular republic with freedom of expression, but it also prohibits anything that hurts religious or ethnic sensitivities.
The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Status Quo Has Got to Go
This week we tell you tales of protest, tragedy, and discrimination from Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Trinidad and Australia.
Snapchat Filters Allow Sexual Assault Survivors in India to Share Their Stories Anonymously
"Praise be to HT's mobile editor Yusuf Omar for turning a pointless innovation into a powerful upliftment tool."
Endangered Tigers Versus Endangered People
As government works to save big cats from extinction, indigenous forest dwellers pursue peaceful coexistence for man and beast.
A Nepalese Version of Humans of New York Tells the Stories of Individuals From All Walks of Life
"After all, a picture may say a thousand words, but a few words can change the story."
‘Disappointed’ Activists Criticize India's ‘Iron Lady’ for Daring to End Her 16-Year-Long Hunger Strike
"They want me to remain a martyr forever. But I can’t always be a martyr."
Despite Not Winning a Single Olympic Medal, Nepalese Have Reasons to Be Proud
"Although, she couldn't improve her nat'l record, I am proud that #GaurikaSingh swam to glory for Nepal as youngest athlete in #Rio2016."
Global Voices Partners With India-Based Video Volunteers
With a focus on India, Video Volunteers trains disadvantaged citizens in video journalism and data gathering so they have a voice in media and can demand their rights.
A Viral Hit-and-Run CCTV Video Begs the Question: ‘Is Humanity Dead in Delhi'?
"Over 200 people callously walked past the hit & run victim, Matibool. One gave him a kick & stole his phone."
‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?
"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."
Killed in the Quetta Bombing, Mehmood Khan Was a Dreamer and the Best of Pakistan
Mehmood's death in the Quetta hospital bombing is a monumental loss. The media industry helped transform him from a security guard into a skilled media professional.
Through Photography, This Bangladesh Pilot Is Sharing One Hell of a View of His Country
"I am an aviator by profession and photography is my passion. I do try to show my motherland from the air, sharing the amazing, breathtaking landscapes with everyone I know."
In Hospital Bombing, Pakistan Lost a Whole Generation of Lawyers in Balochistan
"The number of junior lawyers, who are the sole bread winners of their homes and who are now unemployed runs into hundreds. Most of those who died were first-generation educated"
Porn, Prostitution, or Death: Being Trans in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
"We know our rights and we are standing up to claim them.its just the beginning. We are a movement, we are pink warriors. There is no going back. "