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· April, 2017

Stories about South Asia from April, 2017

28 April 2017

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes in India, Subsides in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

The Internet is back on in English-speaking Cameroon, while social media has been shut down in Kashmir. Journalists in Maldives mourn the stabbing death of a blogger.

26 April 2017

How the United States Has Become a Problem for Indians

To learn more about the lives of Indians in Donald Trump's America, Global Voices spoke to two Indian young men about their aborted plans to study in the United States.

23 April 2017

Maldives Blogger and Activist Yameen Rasheed Stabbed to Death

“So-called 'Paradise on Earth' has no public safety for it's citizens. Tomorrow, it could be me, you, or any of us," wrote a Facebook user.

22 April 2017

How ‘Adventurer of the Year’ Mira Rai Went From Child Soldier to Ultrarunner

"I want to transfer the chance I got to my little sisters in Nepal. I want to help them learn what I learned and reach where I am today."

21 April 2017

Students Protest in Kashmir Amidst School Closures and Mobile Internet Blocking

"Where in the world are student protests crushed with such force & brutality, pellets & tear gas shells rain today many got injured"

20 April 2017

The Viral Video That Showed a Kashmiri Man Tied to an Indian Military Jeep

The video is from the recent by-poll election in India's northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir, where more than eight protesters were killed and dozens were wounded by Indian security forces.

18 April 2017

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

17 April 2017

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

12 April 2017

Bend It Like Poonam: Teen Girls Challenge India's Patriarchy on the Football Field

Mahila Swarojgar Samiti is helping teenage girls in Varanasi shape their identity and find more confidence in their sexuality through football.

4 April 2017

Indian Techies Work to Detect Fake WhatsApp and Facebook Messages

Global Voices Advocacy

Many of the new users do not yet know how to differentiate between authentic sources and fake or malicious ones.

Tributes Flow in for Kishori Amonkar, One of the Great Voices of Indian Classical Music

"There are certain voices that have the ability to mesmerise and Kishori Amonkar’s is one."

3 April 2017

Criminal Case Against Indian Poet Provokes Controversy Over Speech Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

The poem was posted on Facebook on World Poetry Day — but its verses were not welcomed by everyone.

2 April 2017

The Evolution of Sri Lanka’s #Instameet

The fifth meeting of Instagram users took place in Negombo city in Sri Lanka. A notable change from the previous ones was the shift from using smartphones to cameras.

1 April 2017

They’re Terminally Ill, Learning to Cope With Death, and Doing Standup Comedy

Caring for a terminally ill person is a stressful challenge for everyone involved. The Indian Association of Palliative Care is using comedy to share some life with the dying.

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