Indian filmmaker Ashvin Kumar is used to controversy. His previous documentary, Inshallah Football, about the conflict in Kashmir and its lingering ramifications, was refused a certificate by the censors. With the launch of his latest film, Inshallah Kashmir:Living Terror, he has sought to avoid that problem by putting the film directly online.
Kumar uploaded his film [...]
The Andamans, a cluster of islands 700 miles east of the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal, are home to three highly endangered languages. One of them, Great Andamanese, has only five speakers.
Professor Anvita Abbi, a renowned linguist specialising in the minority languages of the Indian subcontinent, has spent many years researching the languages, [...]
In the heady old days before war and conflict and other things got in the way, South Asia was paradise for cross-border travelers, making their way in beaten-down VW vans all the way from Kabul to India and beyond. Nowadays such journeys are rare.
Burma’s new president, a former general called Thein Sein, flew out of Delhi this past weekend, concluding a four-day visit which saw the relationship between the two countries further cemented with a series of new deals and written agreements. Among the highlights referred to in the joint statement issued by the countries, was an undertaking [...]
Some of Pakistan’s leading artists have donated works to be auctioned as part of a fund-raising effort for schools in the Swat Valley. As part of a project that intends both to collect as much money as possible as well as raise the international profile of the country’s artists and their work, organisers appealed [...]
About 20 minutes harried walk from Old Delhi’s Turkman Gate, through alleyways and streets so crowded you have to breathe in as the cycle rickshaws push their way past, lies the home of the Jhinjhanvis, a Muslim family originally from Uttar Pradesh.
There’s not a lot that can prepare you for both the sadness and optimism that surrounds the schools and shelters set up along the Thai border for the thousands of Burmese children forced to flee for their lives with their families. Their stories are pitiful, their future uncertain and yet it is difficult, when talking [...]
Three British skydivers claim to have become the first non-military parachutists to do their thing in Pakistan. Brothers Andrew and Michael Lovemore and Peter Huskins recently leapt from their plane over the Swat Valley as part of the Spirit of Swat festival.
“It was very, very good and we were looked after very well,” Andrew Lovemore [...]
It was the writer and activist Arundhati Roy who set foreign journalists in India busily chattering recently. In an interview with Stephen Moss in the Guardian, Ms Roy was discussing the Maoist and Adavasi “resistance” to encroachment on tribal lands. Mr Moss, asked her why, “we in the West don’t hear about these mini-wars?”. Ms [...]
It’s increasingly clear that the genocide tribunal in Cambodia – a court set up to investigate and prosecute senior members of the Khmer Rouge regime who were responsible for the deaths of unknown numbers of people – is in nothing less than a state of utter crisis.
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