Stories about South Asia from November, 2017
Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.
"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?
"Sri Lankans tend to digest media uncritically and unquestioningly. This will have to change in order to stop misinformation from spreading – and this can be done through spreading awareness."
"The term Gau Rakshak has slipped into the country’s lexicon of politics and culture over the past two years, in step with increasing activism by self-styled protectors and vigilante groups."
Doctors refuse job postings to a small village in a border district of West Bengal even as people suffer due to lack of medical services.
"...the entire justice system itself is aligned towards keeping patriarchy and caste system intact."
"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."
“I have been coughing for over a month, and it is only [recently] I realized that it’s because of the pollution. But no one is doing anything about it.”
"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."
The Indian government deems the newly implemented Goods and Services Tax a success, but many small businesses have been adversely affected and protests are mounting.
To Divinity and Back: Nepal’s Living Goddess Returns to Normal Life After Nine-Year Stint as ‘Kumari’
The sudden transformation of a little girl into a revered goddess comes at a price. She must remain in isolation and is expected to stay calm at all times.
The driver received more than 400 calls in five days from fans hoping to talk with the film actor. The calls affected his livelihood and nearly ruined his marriage.
"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."