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· January, 2017

Stories about South Asia from January, 2017

28 January 2017

The Jallikattu Protests in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu Are Not Merely About a Bullfight

"People finally have become bulls to reaffirm their self-respect, determination and identity."

23 January 2017

Thousands of Women March to Reclaim Public Spaces Across India

Thousands of women across India rally, carrying signs reading, “I will go out,” in a campaign to reclaim their right to public spaces without fear of being attacked.

22 January 2017

India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen

"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."

21 January 2017

A Persecuted Bangladeshi Writer Gets a New Life in the US. But Exile Isn't Easy.

“I feel that I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile."

20 January 2017

Thousands Worldwide Protest Coal Plant Near the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest

The Sundarbans is a World Heritage site due to its outstanding biodiversity.

Diplomacy via Twitter? Indian Minister Threatens Amazon Over Indian Flag Doormat

"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."

19 January 2017

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

18 January 2017

Discarded Plastic Bottles Become Blooming Plant Barricades at an Indian Railway Station

"The most critical impact of this simple intervention blew me away..."

A Nepali Transgender Model Is Set to Break Boundaries on the Catwalk at Lakme Fashion Week

"The path surely must not have been easy but I'm sure that this path will lead you to a bright and beautiful future that you truly deserve."

15 January 2017

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.

12 January 2017

Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan

Global Voices Advocacy

At least six bloggers and digital activists have disappeared thus far in 2017. Despite being a serious human rights issue, the number of people missing in Pakistan is unknown.

8 January 2017

Spicy, Delicious, and Not So Cheap: Bhutan’s Chili Ban Raises Cost of National Dish

In Bhutan, chilies are considered something transcendent — they're a way of life. Recently, however, a controversial import ban has skyrocketed prices on this staple food.

3 January 2017

Crowds Assault Women During New Year's ‘Night of Shame’ in Bangalore

"The Bangalore NYE event is shocking. Such disrespect and insecurity is being created for women"

1 January 2017

How ‘Open Source’ Seed Producers From the US to India Are Changing Global Food Production

Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.

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