Tag: Asia

Kashmir’s Last Cinema Struggles to Survive

by Nusrat Ara -Indian-Administered Kashmir- It is Sunday noon. I am standing outside the only functional cinema in all of Indian administered Kashmir. Located in the city of Srinagar, the shabby Neelam Cinema sits quiet. It looks more like a

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Of Art, the Sacred and the Secular: India’s Debate over Painter M.F. Hussain

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – A debate gripping much of India’s urban middle class has been the controversy surrounding renowned painter M.F. Hussain. Considered India’s Picasso, he received the country’s second highest civilian award – the Padma Vibhushan. But

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“Deeply Divided”: Sri Lanka through the Eyes of Adele Barker

by Mandy Van Deven – India – During the year she taught Russian literature at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Arizona University professor Adele Barker found herself more comfortable in the role of perpetual learner than educator.

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India Sets Its Sights on Higher Education

by Priyanka Bhardwaj – India – Education remains an emotional subject in a poor and developing country like India, where it is seen as the primary means for social and economic mobility. Indian families are known to sell land and

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India’s Women Find Empowerment in Exotic Dance

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Anyone who has ever sat through the frequent and painstakingly choreographed musical numbers in a Bollywood film can tell you that dance is an integral part of Indian culture. From Bhangra in the

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India’s Domestic Violence Campaign Asks Men to Be Part of the Solution

by Shreyasi Singh – India – Sometimes, just asking for a small cup of milk to brew your tea can bring domestic violence to a halt. Sounds too simple a solution? Well, it need not be as a recent public

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Parvati’s Burden: Scratching the Surface of Motherhood in India

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Unlike the abundance of exploration into the many dilemmas of motherhood by feminists in the West, in India the subject is so under-examined that it might as well not even exist. In fact,

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Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country

by Jessica Mosby – USA – Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a closed country, literally. Since the 1962 military coup, few outsiders have even entered the Southeast Asian country. News reports are scarce and often unreliable because the news

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Decriminalizing Same Sex Relations in India: A Legal Beginning

by Aditi Bhaduri – India – A mini revolution is underway in India. On July 2nd the Delhi High Court read down a 149-year-old archaic law that criminalized same sex relations. It is a tiny victory for a battle that

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Rape in Burma: A Weapon of War

by Cheery Zahau – Burma / India – In the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, international scrutiny highlights the military junta that rules Burma, a Southeast Asian country that shares borders with China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Laos. Adding greatly

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