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· May, 2020

Stories about South Asia from May, 2020

Dalit youth and five of his friends stoned to death in Nepal because of his love for an upper-caste girl

A low-caste young man and 18 of his friends were attacked – and some of them killed – all because of his love for a girl who was above his...

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

Art series sheds light on the marginalization of indigenous Tharus in Nepal

‘Masinya Dastoor’, an art series of young artist Lavkant Chaudhary, delves into the history of chronological marginalization of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal over the past decades.

While Pakistan combats COVID-19, a locust swarm is devastating food supplies

The plague of locusts has already devastated crops in parts of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula as well as South Asia.

Will the ‘Self-reliant India’ scheme bring relief to migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced another economic reform package of 265 Billion USD during the COVID-19 pandemic which drew criticism from netizens.

Nepal’s first 360 degree virtual contemporary art exhibition

Artwork by 19 renowned Nepali artists showcased in an online virtual exhibition named ‘Tangential Stress’ by the Museum of Nepali Art (MoNA).

Stranded Nepali migrant workers protest to return home, Nepali government drags its feet

Nepal's government tries to stall repatriating migrant workers stranded abroad.

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

History, landscape, body: A conversation with Pakistani artist Ali Kazim

Kazim’s works have been exhibited in major international fairs and exhibitions around the world, including New York’s Frieze art fair in 2019.

In Bangladesh, criticism of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic is risky

"Would it be wrong if someone says that the authorities in Bangladesh, equipped with Digital Security Act, launched a crackdown on those critical to the government?"

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.

After disappearing for 53 days, Bangladeshi journalist is found and sent to jail

Fifty-three days after his abduction in from of his office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was found alive in Benapole, near the border of Bangladesh with India.

The first recorded two-headed banded kukri snake discovered in Nepal

The banded kukri snakes, pale brown in color with black crossbands, are named after their sharp, flattened, curved teeth which they use for slicing reptile eggs.

The coronavirus pandemic intensifies Islamophobia in India

Since the start of India's COVID-19 lockdown on March 25, 2020, instances of Islamophobia have intensified, threatening the life, rights, and integrity of millions of Muslims.

Baloch journalist found dead in Sweden

In recent months, several Pakistani activists and bloggers living in Europe have claimed to have been targeted for speaking up against human rights violations in Pakistan.

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