· April, 2011

Stories about South Asia from April, 2011

Sri Lanka: Much Ado About The UN Advisory Panel Report

  21 April 2011

Indrajit Samarajiva at Indi.ca provides a voice of reason regarding the much hyped and loathed UN Advisory panel report on human rights abuse during the fag end of Sri Lanka's war against the LTTE. The blogger comments that the debate is not exactly helping towards reconciliation.

India: Twitter, The Life Changer

  20 April 2011

Venkat Ananth at Blogadda writes how twitter has changed his life: “twitter has been a supremely humbling experience for me not just because of the fact that ‘a nobody’ got noticed somewhat, but because I think fundamentally, the medium has democratized communication radically.”

Sri Lanka: UN Panel Report Causes An Uproar

  19 April 2011

An United Nations (UN) advisory panel, led by former Indonesian Atty. Gen. Marzuki Darusman, has submitted a report to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which they find credible evidence that the Sri Lankan military shelled civilians in no-fire zones and sought to silence critics in a brutal fashion, during the war against guerilla group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009.

India: Higher Education, An Opportunity Lost

  19 April 2011

“Higher Education in India, in particular, is a game of political privileges and cronyism; consequently, Indian institutions fail to make it to global top table and also fail to equip its 2.9 million graduates a year with basic employment skills,” comments Supriyo Chaudhuri at Sunday Posts.

Pakistan: In Support Of The Burqa Ban

  19 April 2011

Kalsoom at CHUP! Changing Up Pakistan highlights Nabiha Meher Sheikh, a freelance writer based in Lahore, who explains why she supports the burqa (full face veil) ban in France.

India: Dr. Binayak Sen Is Free

  19 April 2011

Dheera Sujan at South Asia Wired reports that Indian Right to Information activist Dr. Binayak Sen has been freed and she requests Indians to keep protesting at the summary arrests of people like Dr Binayak Sen.

India: Social Media Powers Anti Corruption Bill Campaign

  16 April 2011

On April 5, 2011, social activist Anna Hazare started a fast-unto-death campaign to demand an effective anti-corruption law and hundreds of thousands of Indians supported him. Social media helped spread the campaign of Anna Hazare; netizens analyze why the campaign will never tip into a social movement.

Bangladesh: Yunus And After

  16 April 2011

After the removal of Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus from the post of Managing Director of Grameen Bank, the Bangladesh government faces a challenge to run the bank smoothly with the new appointees. An Ordinary Citizen opines that Grameen Bank may be a political liability for the government in future...

India: Cricket On Overdrive

  16 April 2011

Proloy Bagchi has this to say about the hype on the game of cricket in India driven by billions of dollars in advertisement revenues: “it has become a year-round circus and is no longer a sport for the three or four winter months”.

India: How Much Is A Housewife Worth?

  15 April 2011

In a ruling Indian Supreme Court questioned the Indian government’s Census parameters which placed housewives in the same economic bracket as “prostitutes, beggars and prisoners”. In this context Phoenixritu tries to fathom how much is an Indian housewife worth.

Pakistan: Text Books Being Updated After 11 Years

  15 April 2011

Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts welcomes the steps by the Education Ministry of Pakistan to update the text books and supplementary materials for both students and teachers of primary and secondary schools, which were pending for so long. In states like Sindh & Baluchistan they were not revised in the...

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