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· September, 2016

Stories about South Asia from September, 2016

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: We, the People

This week, we speak to our contributors Elizabeth Rivera, Giovanna Salazar and Juan Tadeo about popular discontent with politics in Mexico.

A Bangladeshi Man Who Knows Hunger All Too Well Provides Affordable Meals for Children in Need

"There was a time when I used to wait in the long lines in front of the temple for a little food," says one of the founders of the venture.

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

One Australian Nurse's Stirring Response to the Refugee Crisis

"I have learnt that not everyone is as caring; that the term ‘refugee’ is a dirty label that strips people of their identity."

Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict

“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.

Meet the Street Kids of India Who Have Their Own Paper

"Do media think what a child thinks? Do you know what children want? Do you ever consider these questions?"

It's September, and That Means It's Time for Software Freedom Day

Do you use free and open source software?

A Former Street Child in Mumbai Builds a Cafe-Cum-Library for Homeless Youth

"I sold books for nearly three years to collect funds to set up this cafe. We will always be open to street children and never reject their entry..."

The Feud Between Two Indian States Over Water Has Taken a Violent Turn

"If you set fire to things to protest the scarcity of water, then the protest goes from agitation to irony."

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Disturbing the Peace

This week, we take you to Ukraine, Russia, Singapore, India and Brazil.

Many See Ethnicity-Based Discrimination in Nepali Ministry’s Ban on Using an Imported Holy Scarf

"I totally agree if the ban is imposed on all unnecessary imported goods, but taking a target only on Khada is outrageous and unacceptable."

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

India's Bihar Is Failing to Provide Adequate Healthcare to the Rural Poor

One rural health centre in the state is open so infrequently that residents have started using the facility as storage space.

Indians Ask: Is Visiting a Torrent Site Really A Crime?

"Thousands of cases pending, criminals roaming scott free. That's fine. Lets arrest people who download #torrents"

A Muralist Is Painting Weeds Around the World to Represent the Margins of Society

"I don’t paint dainty little grandmotherly botanical illustrations."

A Poor Indian Farmer Carrying His Dead Wife Becomes the Symbol of an Inefficient Health System

"We live in a country where a journalist didn't help a poor man carry his wife's dead body to his home so that he could make [...] news on it."

Body Shamers Beware: These Pakistani Women Aren’t Going to Take It Anymore

"This is us taking back our own bodies, and owning our own skins. We are enough. I am enough."

Staring Down the Barrel of a Pellet Gun Is Making Kashmir Blind

The brutal use of pellet guns in the unrest over a decades-long dispute over India and Pakistan's claims to Indian-administrated Kashmir sparks an awareness campaign that is just as controversial.

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