Tag: south asia

The Growing Crusade Against Sex, Muslim Culture, and Lesbians in India’s Ads

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, India’s leading fashion designer, walking down the ramp on March 17, 2015 in Mumbai, India. Photo by Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images India’s leading fashion designer was forced to withdraw advertisements for his latest line of wedding jewellery after he was threatened with legal action by a politician from the ruling party of Prime […]

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Muslims Were Once Powerful Megastars in Bollywood. Not in Modi’s India.

An Indian court just granted Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood’s biggest superstar Shah Rukh Khan, bail, almost four weeks after he was arrested during a drug bust on a celebrity rave. He was denied bail twice and kept in an overcrowded jail known for holding convicted mass murderers, despite opposition politicians arguing that the […]

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A Runaway Ostrich Choked Traffic on a Highway, Then Was Strangled to Death

An ostrich at a wildlife park. Picture used for representative purposes. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP This week, surprised drivers found themselves sharing their lane with two ostriches in the Pakistani city Lahore. Traffic on the city’s main artery, the scenic eight-laned Canal Road, moved to the side on Monday, to make room for the feathered pair […]

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This Weed Influencer Was Arrested for Farming Marijuana. He’s Not Giving Up.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – He wants to recultivate the island’s traditions surrounding the cannabis plant, which goes back more than 6,000 years, and he has tens of thousands of Facebook followers rooting for him. But Wasantha Sena Weliange, Sri Lanka’s leading weed scholar and influencer who has a PhD in the natural sciences, was recently arrested. […]

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Indian Students Get Beaten by Indian Mob After Pakistan’s Historic Cricket Win

Cricket fans in the Indian city Amritsar watch a live telecast from Dubai of the T20 cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan on Oct 24. Photo: Narinder NANU / AFP It’s no secret that the two nuclear powers and South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan don’t get along. The tension between them is palpable […]

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They Make Clothes for H&M. Pandemic Lockdowns Pushed Them Deep Into Poverty.

On a balmy Sunday afternoon, 18-year-old Imran Ali and some of his fellow garment workers assembled outside the iron gates of a denim factory in the southeastern city of Karachi, Pakistan. With placards in hand, their voices became hoarse chanting the slogan “the struggle will continue.” They were protesting against the factory’s alleged refusal to […]

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Hindu Extremists Declare War on Interfaith Love

In a rural classroom in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, Annurag Dwivedi Annu is teaching teenage girls a lesson they’ll never forget. It’s not sexual predators he’s warning them about. It’s Muslim men. “There are a lot of cases where they’ll blackmail girls like you. They take compromising photos of you. In the end, you’ll become […]

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6 Deaths, 450 Arrests and Mass Protests. It Started With a Facebook Post.

A silent protest outside a Hindu temple in Siliguri on Oct. 17, 2021 against religious violence targeting Hindus in Bangladesh. Photo: Diptendu DUTTA / AFP A weeklong spate of violence targeting Hindus in Muslim-majority Bangladesh has left six people dead while authorities arrested some 450 others, all because of a Facebook post that many Muslims found […]

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Afghans Bury Loved Ones in Mass Graves After Second Suicide Bombing in a Week

Relatives and locals dig graves during a mass funeral for the victims of Friday’s suicide attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Photo: Sidiqullah Khan/AP Photo This week, the southern city of Kandahar in Afghanistan witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror as multiple bombs ripped through Imam Bargah-e-Fatima, a Shia mosque, during the Friday prayers. […]

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The $100 Billion Club Was Exclusively American and French. Until Now.

This week, a 64-year-old energy mogul from India became the first non-Western to join the exclusive $100 billion club of the Bloomberg Billionaire Index.  Mukesh Ambani, the richest person in Asia according to Forbes, came in tenth, rounding out the exclusive all-boys mega-billionaire top ten list. A devout Hindu, Ambani is vegetarian and abstains from […]

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He Recorded the Sexual Assault and Blackmailed Her. He Was Her Teacher.

Her grades had been deteriorating throughout the term. As students shuffled out of the classroom, she became anxious at the idea of flunking and disappointing her parents. Then her teacher told her to stay behind after class. Sidra, 18, whose name has been changed in this article for safety reasons, felt tears welling up in […]

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900 Detained After Seven ‘Targeted Killings’ in the World’s Most Militarized Zone

A funeral procession of slain government school principal Supinder Kour in Srinagar on Oct. 8, a day after suspected militants shot dead two school teachers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP Teachers. A principal. And a well-known pharmacist. They were all shot dead in broad daylight last week in India-controlled Kashmir, heightening fear in […]

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Police Say They’re ‘Too Busy’ to Assist Abused Children on National Children’s Day

Two children and their mother were turned away when they turned up at a police station in Sri Lanka to lodge a complaint against their father. Photo for representational purpose only, via Getty Images A lawyer accompanied two children and their mother to a police station in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo to lodge a complaint […]

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A Teacher Chopped Off Their Hair. An Attempted Suicide and Strike Followed.

Students of Rabindra University in Bangladesh protest after a teacher chopped off some of their classmates’ hair to “discipline” them. Photo: Ahmed Humayun Kabir/ The Daily Star When he received his overly cramped exam schedule, college student Nazmul Hasan Tuhin was perplexed, so he and his classmates started a petition to have it changed. And then […]

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Kamla Bhasin, a First-Wave South Asian Feminist, Dies at 75

NEW DELHI — Kamla Bhasin, an activist, poet and writer who was an early leader of the women’s movement in India, died here on Sept. 25. She was 75. Her sister, Bina Kak, a politician and actress, confirmed the death, which was widely mourned in India. She said Ms. Bhasin had been diagnosed with an […]

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A Politician’s Convoy Ran Into Protesters. Nine People Have Died Since.

Farmers burn an effigy of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Amritsar on Oct. 4, a day after clashes at Lakhimpur involving farmers who were protesting against farm laws in which at least nine people were killed. Photo: Narinder NANU / AFP Nine people, including four farmers and a journalist, were killed on […]

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Four Beheadings in Ten Days: Revenge Killings Leave a Trail of Terror in India

Dalit community members sitting by murals of Dr Ambedkar and Erode Venkata Ramasamy, both famous for their fight against caste discrimination in India. Photo: Marji Lang/LightRocket via Getty Image Last week, 59-year-old Nirmala Devi was found beheaded in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  On the same day, Stephen Raj was beheaded near a bus […]

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​​TikTok Now Has ‘Vulgarity’ Moderators in Pakistan

A small political party organized a protest in Lahore on June 18, 2021 to call for yet another ban on TikTok over “immoral and unethical” content. Photo: Arif Ali/AFP He went viral because of his slapstick comedy, funny music transitions, and social commentary. But on TikTok, he’s known as Famous “Maulvi,” the South Asian term for […]

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