Stories about South Asia from 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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan
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.
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.
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"
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.