Stories about South Asia from August, 2010
India: Deadly Journalism
Sans Serif reports that two journalists of an Indian TV channel in Ahmedabad instigated Kalpesh Mistry (29) to set himself on fire to protest his harassment by police so that they could film him. Kalpesh died in the hospital after suffering 90% burn.
Sri Lanka: Protesting Animal Slaughter
Sri Lanka Animal Protection Association (SLAPA) is protesting the planned slaughter of 500 heads of chicken and goats at the Munneswaram in Kovil today.
India: Why Mumbai Is The Place To Live
Chip Huyen, a Vietnamese geek, blogger and a traveler is in Mumbai as a part of her travel around the world program. She explains why Mumbai is the place to be among other Indian cities.
Pakistan: Muslim Women And Non-Muslim Men
Wajahat Ali at GoatMilk started a debate whether “Muslim women should be able to marry non-Muslim men” and the post drew a lot of comments.
India: Do Politicians Deserve Pay Hikes?
Reacting on the recent increase in salary of the lawmakers in India, Being Cynical at Desicritics debates whether or not politicians deserve pay hikes.
India: Onathallu Festival
Maddy writes about the Onathallu or Kayyankali festival which is celebrated by the Nairs of Pallassana Desham in the Chittur Thaluk in Palakkad district, in the southernmost state of Kerala, India.
Pakistan: Netizens In Action Helping Flood Victims
The floods in Pakistan have so far claimed more than 1600 lives and affected about 20 million people who are in dire need of relief and aid. Pakistani young netizens are traveling across Pakistan to distribute relief and they are making their actions visible though live blogs, Twitter, images and videos.
Tunisia: Doctored Photographs Symptomatic of the State of The National Press
The use of national media as an instrument of propaganda has been fairly well documented in Tunisia. The latest evidence of media manipulation was identified by Tunisian bloggers on August 20 when newspapers le Temps and Assabah illustrated on the sending of food supply by fundation Zitouna to the victims of the floods in Pakistan.
India: Navi Mumbai Mangroves In Danger
The Navi Mumbai mangroves came into spotlight after the recent oil spill near Mumbai port. However, Debolina Raja Gupta asserts that they were endangered much before the oil spill and the authorities need to wake up to the fact.
Bangladesh: Court Bars Enforcement of Islamic Dress Code
Faisal at the Spittoon reports that a Bangladesh court has barred enforcing of Islamic dress code in the country and also stated that wearing of any religious clothing should be a personal choice.
Sri Lanka: Much Ado About The Executive Presidency
In Sri Lanka, many politicians are calling for “the abolition of the office of the Executive President and revert to a Prime Ministerial system of Government”. Sisyphus at 1985 Mosquito Bites analyzes the merits and demerits of the Executive Presidency and finds that the individuals in position, not the systems...
India: Why Rahul Gandhi Is Not Appropriate For The Prime Minister Position
Management Guru lists some points to explain why Rahul Gandhi is not appropriate for the Prime Minister of India post.
Pakistan: Horrid Act of Mob Shock The Citizens
Pakistanis are in shock as the news and video of the brutal mob-lynching of two teenage brothers in front of police and an enthusiastic crowd in Sialkot were aired on local media. Netizens question why this savage act was allowed to happen without any opposition.
Sri Lanka: The Different Aspects Of Colombo
Portrait Blog shares the different aspects of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. It depends on you how you look at it.
India, Pakistan: The Politics With India's Donation To Flood Victims
“Was Asif Zardari’s fear of Indian money directly related to his fear of the Pakistan Army?” questions Mobashar Jawed (MJ) Akbar while discussing the politics of “playing with a crisis”.
India: Plights Of The Deaf Students
Sukanya at Notes From Wherever I Happen To Be shares the plights of the students of two deaf schools in Bhubaneswar and comments that the “India shining” slogan seems mere rhetoric.
Explicit Websites Blocked In Nepal And Violators To Be Criminalized
XNepali Blog informs that the Nepalese Government has decided to block all websites containing explicit contents and nudity and criminalize the violators who view or host such websites in Nepal.
Bhutan: An Inspiring Man
Dorji Wangchuk introduces us to Dr Sanga Dorji, chief physiotherapist in Thimphu hospital, whose blindness did not stop him from being the best at his professional field in Bhutan. Tshering Tobgay interviewed Dr. Dorji earlier.
Bangladesh: An Important Recognition
Andalib at Cadet College Blog discusses [bn] about the recent decision of Bangladesh election commission to recognize “sex worker” as a profession in the voter ID.
The Real India
Radio Open source is producing a series of articles and podcasts on the theme ‘Real India’.
Pakistan: Step Up For Relief Efforts
Teeth Maestro writes about a second relief mission of OffroadPakistan and MotorSports Club of Pakistan and asks other Pakistanis to step up their efforts as they simply cannot wait for the state of flood victims get worse.