· December, 2006

Stories about South Asia from December, 2006

GV Summit Delhi ‘06 Session Three: Language and Translation

  17 December 2006

David Sasaki has put together a remarkable session on translation at the Global Voices conference. It begins with a conversation led by John “Feng 37″ Kennedy in Chinese between the half dozen Chinese speakers in the room, then a five-person conversation in Swahili, led by Ndesanjo Macha, then a lively...

GV Summit Delhi '06 Session One: GV's Past, Present, & Future

  16 December 2006

In the first session of the Global Voices '06 summit, co-founders Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman looked back at where Global Voices has been and forward to where it is going. Where We've Been Global Voices Online was born out of a meeting of a small group of bloggers from...

Nepal: Anti-feudal masquerade

  14 December 2006

Nepali Netbook on the Maoist anti-feudalism masquerade. “It took a formerly pro-Maoist writer and platform to point out the incongruity of Nepal’s much-hyped anti-feudalism fight.”

India: Surviving Budget Airlines

  14 December 2006

Dateline Bombay has a post with tips on surviving India's budget airlines. “And its not the time factor only. Be ready to confront bawling babies, stressed out mothers, countless parents scurrying after restless children, family members shouting for each other and minor bruising from baggage trollies as they brush past...

Bangladesh: Thirty five years ago

  14 December 2006

drishtipat on the killing of people 35 years ago 35 year ago to intellectually cripple the new country of Bangladesh. “Most destabilizing discovery was that of Rayer Bazaar. All of our national top doctors, professors, linguists, scientists were among the eviscerated dead bodies found here.”

Bangladesh: A strike in Calcutta

  14 December 2006

imperfect world 2006 on being caught in a bandh (strike) in Calcutta. “My brave taxi driver was scolded mercilessly for breaking the bandh by a bunch of CPM lumpens comrades”

Madagascar: Samoosa? Sambosa? Sambos?

  13 December 2006

Mad de Madagascar delves (Fr) into the history that brought samoosas (however spelt and prounouced in the region) to the Indian Ocean (Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius) from India. The blogger then offers a video of a French chef's recipe and adds that in Reunion, cousins have emerged made with cheese or...

South Asia : People, Prayers, Movies and Politics

  13 December 2006

The latest buzz from different blogs from South Asia: Bangladesh: - Mezba of a Bengali in TO, a Bangladeshi expat living in Canada describes why is it beneficial to sacrifice an animal back to his country during Eid-ul-Azha. - Rumi of Drishtipat predicts the fate of Bangladesh's future if the...

India: Free drugs for the HIV positive

  12 December 2006

myHimachal on steps taken by the government in Himachal Pradesh to combat HIV/ AIDS. “The Himachal Pradesh Government would be providing free medicine to the HIV affected people, besides reimbursing the traveling charges of the patient alongwith an attendant to visit antiretroviral centre for checkup and treatment and also provide...

India: Suicides in Kerala

  12 December 2006

“Dog's Own Country?” on the high suicide rate in Kerala. “It is a sad fact that Kerala has the highest suicide rate in India. A friend of mine once speculated that the Malayalee is a unique creature prone to caving into peer pressure which forces people to resort to extreme...

South Asia: Muslims and Christmas in the UK

  12 December 2006

Pickled Politics points to an article by one of the authors in the Guardian. “That is, erm, me in a short article in today’s Media Guardian having a sarcastic dig at the tabloids for their annual idiotic headlines that proclaim ‘Muslims want to ban Christmas!’” Watch out for the 187...

Pakistan: Morality and Students

  12 December 2006

Metroblogging Lahore on Pakistani students caught cheating. “Last week, a friend of mine sent me this email about an embarrassing situation in Swedish universities where the number of Pakistani students involved in cheating cases is alarmingly increasing every year.”

Bangladesh: Going to RIS

  12 December 2006

A bengali in TO is rather tongue-in-cheek about suggestions for those going to an event for Muslims called Reviving the Islamic Spirit. “Some women will be without hijab. Such women do exist. Deal with it. The hair of a woman is a beautiful thing. Meanwhile, some men will pray with...

India: Adverts and Displeasure

  11 December 2006

An advert displeases some, and the editor of the magazine, also a popular blogger may find herself in trouble says the Bullshit Press.

Sri Lanka: Conflict in Trinco

  11 December 2006

GroundViewsSri , a citizen journalism space reports on the conflict situation in Trinco. “From my visit to Kantale I can say that Sinhalese people from Seru Nuwara Division are facing human security problems due to artillery and motor strikes from LTTE-controlled Vaharai area.”

Bangladesh: Human Rights and Health

  11 December 2006

Drishtipat Group Blog on health issues in Bangladesh. “And finally there is a lack of appreciation of the gravity of the issue as a gross violation of basic human rights of the overwhelming majority.”

India: Annamalai in the Nilgiris

  11 December 2006

Windy Skies remembers a trip to the Nilgiris. “A bloated belly of a hungry land, bereft of the edges, notches, valleys and ridges characterizing the Nilgiris elsewhere in the Annamalai wildlife sanctuary.”

Myanmar: Perspectives from North East India

  10 December 2006

The North Eastern States of Myanmar lie adjacent to Myanmar and there is a growing interest there in Myanmar. The New Mandala blog links to a report on a Myanmar related conference held recently in India.

India: Cricket for all seasons in Mumbai

  8 December 2006

Metroblogging Mumbai on cricket in the city. “Cricketers from Bombay, bring the die hard, play in all conditions, no nonsense spirit that is the embodiment of Bombay. An example of how seriously we take our cricket is the fact that we have a special tournament, the Kanga League played only...

Nepal: Hopes for Peace

  8 December 2006

Sepia Mutiny on hopes in Nepal for peace. “Will the symbolic deposition of the King and the advent of a permanent democratic government be enough of a change to bring the country back together after 10 years of civil war?”

India: Marathon in Pune

  8 December 2006

Some wonderful photographs by the shad king of a marathon in Pune. “There were an estimated 35,000 participants in this year’s marathon. Of course, the term “marathon” is used very loosely to cover the 4.5k AIDS charity run, the 10k event, 3k for the little kids etc etc.”

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