Stories about South Asia from January, 2017
"People finally have become bulls to reaffirm their self-respect, determination and identity."
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.
"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."
“I feel that I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile."
The Sundarbans is a World Heritage site due to its outstanding biodiversity.
"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."
"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."
"The most critical impact of this simple intervention blew me away..."
"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."
One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.
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.
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.
"The Bangalore NYE event is shocking. Such disrespect and insecurity is being created for women"
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.