· March, 2007

Stories about South Asia from March, 2007

India: 50 million missing girls

  21 March 2007

A flickr group called 50 million missing attempts to collect pictures of Indian women and girls. “It is the HOPE of this website to have as many possible of the 50 million missing represented by a photograph. These can be of Indian women or girls, of any age, and community...

Bangladesh: Human Rights Commission

  21 March 2007

Unheard Voices on the Human Rights Commission. “It is never too late to initiate something as essential as a national governing body to protect human rights in a country where we see violations of it far too often. Thought on this proposal?”

South Asia: Brown people in the UK

  21 March 2007

Pickled Politics on brown people and the government in UK. “Although I’ve frequently explained the process and the reasoning behind which the Labour government has engaged with brown people in the UK, especially Muslims, I haven’t explained it properly in one article.”

India: Sex Ed

  21 March 2007

India Daily reports on children being denied sex education, because, well, apparently it's too graphic. “The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to ban the sex education provided under the adolescent education program in its present form in the schools.”

Bhutan: SAARC rally

  21 March 2007

Visit Bhutan on the SAARC car rally in Bhutan. “One of the main objectives of the exercise would be to enhance people-to-people contact within the region and increase trade activities among constituent countries which will draw the member countries attention for the need of improving transport infrastructure and encourage tourism,...

Pakistan: The judiciary

  21 March 2007

Whisk on the accountability of the judiciary. “Since this debacle with the Chief Justice began, numerous jurists and lawyers have resigned from their posts and boycotted the courts in protest, because apparently, the supreme judicial power in the land cannot be held accountable for any misconduct.”

India: New Year Celebrations

  21 March 2007

New Year in March you ask? Well, yes in certain parts of India it the start of a new year since they follow a different calendar and not the Gregorian calendar that the western countries follow. Ugadi, Gudi Padwa are some of the names for the New Year celebrations in...

India: Rapes in tele-serials

  20 March 2007

DesiDabba on the almost flippant use of rape as a plot twister in Indian tele-serials. “While the producers and others involved justify inclusion of such social offences as the ‘demand of the script’ and ‘story-telling’ there are many who simply label it as a cheap TRP tactic. Audiences across the...

South Asia: On culture and belonging

  20 March 2007

Sepia Mutiny has a moving post on belonging to various cultures – by birth, accident, choice and necessity. “No one has the right to be the arbiter of who does and does not get to participate in their culture. Such judgmental “guardians” had the genetic fortune or fate to be...

Sri Lanka: On Web Censorship

  20 March 2007

ICT for Peacebuilding on the increasing instances of web censorship and the cause for concern. “..my firm belief that technology, though it may not be neutral, will secure and strengthen the work of pro-democracy and pro-rights activists far more than it will aid governments clamp down on them. All it...

Nepal: On blogging and bloggers

  20 March 2007

Deepak's Diary on the third blogmeet in Nepal. “We are young, modern generation of urbanites who have left our backwater heritage behind. But, there are so many obstacles. One crucial among them is our own tendency: we don't want to take initiatives. Yet, when someone takes the risk and the...

Pakistan: The Black Madonna

  20 March 2007

Light Within on the authenticity of the Black Madonna in various cultures. “Believe it or not — she is black! Her features, in most instances, are non-European! And ironically, most of these images are located in Catholic churches in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Now I am...

Israel: Death of a Coach

Israeli blogger Aussie Dave writes about the death of Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer after his team's defeat against Ireland. “While the family are saying that stress probably killed him, it is likely that if stress did not do the job, many Pakistanis would have,” he explains.

South Asia: Cricket Victories and Upsets

  19 March 2007

The Cricket World Cup 2007 appeared to have thrown quite a few surprises up for grabs over the weekend. Ireland won the match against Pakistan, and Bangladesh won the match against India. These outcomes were rather unexpected, especially the former one. The blogosphere has been buzzing with commentary and reflection...

India: The Railway Children

  17 March 2007

The Weight of Silence on India's street children, whose life centers around the Railways. “One, boys are more likely than girls to actually run away from home and leave their villages. Second, for the girls who do arrive, Gyan says they are the first to disappear. The sex trade swallows...

India: On Nandigram and Singur

  17 March 2007

An update on the Nandigram issue at Kafila. Where the state swoops down to grab land. “Singur, unlike the impressions outside, is still fighting with strength and spirit. Thousands of bargadars, labourers and also landholders are not for the forcible occupation of land although fencing of 997 acres of the...

Pakistan: The attack on GEO

  17 March 2007

Metroblogging Islamabad on the attack of Freedom of the Press in Pakistan. “Punjab Police entered Geo News office building in evening, shattered glasses and started shelling within office premises. Rubber Bullets were fired on reporters, camera men, hence injuring a few people as well. The camera coverage was demanded to...

Nepal: Nepalis in New York City

  17 March 2007

Democracy For Nepal on empowering Nepalis in New York City. “I don't know how many Nepalis there are in New York City. 35,000? 40,000? Nobody really knows for sure. But we have got to earn voting rights in the city elections. The idea is not new. Those with green cards...

Bangladesh: The Police State

  17 March 2007

Unheard Voices reproduces a mail on requirements in Bangladesh. “Both arriving and departing passengers need to possess the Immigration Service Code (IS Code) before they report at the Immigration counter at Zia International airport. Failure to comply with the same may result in offloading of passenger(s).”. The email generates an...

Nepal: Abdication talks and the provocative CD

  16 March 2007

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s suggestion that King Gyanendra and Crown Prince Paras should abdicate created the loudest buzz in Nepal. Amid talks of going into republic after the king assumed the executive powers in Feb 1, 2005 and then lost it due to April 2006 Uprising – a people’s...

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