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Stories about South Asia

Tintin in Bangladesh…. only in the artist's imagination!

A Bangladeshi cartoonist is drawing nostalgic memories of the European comic book "The Adventures of Tintin" through his fan art "Tintin in Bangladesh" — with a local twist.

Threats to Nepal’s endangered orchids

Nepal has 507 recorded orchid varieties, however, illegal trade and misuse of these magnificent wildflowers for their end-use as ornaments, medicine and food has made them vulnerable to extinction.

Social media companies could be liable for user-generated content in India

Twitter in India has found itself outside the “safe harbour” that otherwise would have protected itself legally from being implicated for the content generated by its users.

Will a free vaccine program boost India’s COVID-19 vaccination rate?

India has launched the latest phase of its vaccination campaign, offering free vaccination for everyone, however, questions remain about how this drive can reach its intended population amidst emerging challenges.

Amazon Prime TV series dangerously misrepresents Eelam Tamil narratives and histories

An Indian TV show, which launched its second season on Amazon Prime recently, landed deep in controversy for portraying the Lankan Tamils in a highly colourist and problematic manner.

Nepal’s wild elephants are also on the move

This year, because of the lack of human movement caused by COVID-19 restrictions, elephant herds shifted the path of annual migration from India into Nepal, marching right through villages.

Alleviating hunger in Bangladesh during Covid-19 restrictions

The Covid-19 restrictions in Bangladesh have impacted the livelihoods of people who earn daily wages and several citizen-driven aid efforts are ensuring that the hungry get fed.

Accident on a chemical-laden ship triggers one of the biggest environmental disasters in Sri Lanka

Singaporean container ship X-Press Pearl had an accident near the Sri Lankan coast and has since sent waves of microplastics and charred debris along the coast of the country’s capital.

Global Voices’ top stories on biodiversity, as the planet observes World Environment Day

A selection of our best recent stories highlighting the importance of biodiversity and the achievements and challenges associated with these efforts around the world.

Twitter vs India: The battle of BJP and Congress over a ‘fake toolkit’ on COVID-19

Twitter expressed concern about the “use of intimidation tactics by the police” and “the potential threat to freedom of expression” for the Indian users.

South Asian examples show the centrality of nature in indigenous art

Modern societies can learn much from indigenous art about the importance of nurturing our relationship with nature.

‘Kakoli Furniture’ viral video spawns funny memes in Bangladesh and West Bengal

A low budget video advertisement containing a repetitive six-word sentence “Low price, good quality, Kakoli Furniture” has become an online sensation in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.

France, Turkey, Poland: The reality of the new COVID-19 spike crisis

“The figures serve to discount the Western implication that Indian democracy and civil society have failed in the last analysis to match the achievements of the richer nations.”

Nepal appeals for international support amidst sweeping second COVID-19 wave

Nepal is devastated by the second wave of Coronavirus. The infection rate is rising sharply and the health infrastructure is crumbling, Nepal has asked for international support.

Burqa ban in Sri Lanka would undermine national security and human rights

Many in Sri Lanka and abroad are condemning the impending ban on wearing burqas and other full-face coverings in public as a breach of human rights.

With shrinking wetlands, population of Nepal's elusive fishing cats is poised to decline

The unique cat species is declining in number as their habitat of wetlands is shrinking, being turned into agricultural and developmental areas.

Alternative Indian movies: Is Netflix at last embracing cultural diversity?

Netflix, which has become the entertainment go-to for millions during the pandemic's prolonged lockdowns, is exploring new Indian productions that stray away from the typical plotlines and visuals.

As India grapples with COVID-19, Pakistan extends support, prayers

India's dire COVID-19 situation drew solidarity and support from Pakistan, its neighbour and longtime arch foe, as nations come closer together by the pandemic.

As legislative elections draw to a close, will the Congress Party reclaim Assam state from the BJP?

The Indian National Congress (INC) ruled Assam's legislative assembly from 1951 to 2016 when control switched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Harnessing the power of social media, Indian netizens support one another during the second wave of COVID-19

As India's healthcare system reels under mounting cases of COVID-19, citizens rally the power of social media to help one another and keep hope alive.

About our South Asia coverage

Rezwan is the South Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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