Category Archives: South Asia

Journalist “picked up” in Bangladesh

Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, the military backed interim government isn’t exactly fond of judicial processes or the free press. Bangladeshi journalist and blogger Tasneem Khalil was arrested yesterday. Since the state of emergency curtails rights of the citizens, it doesn’t look … Continue reading

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Inheriting Colombo

While doing the daily roundups for Global Voices today, I chanced upon this lovely post at the The Lolly DJ on a grandfather who landed in Sri Lanka 65 years ago. The piece is so well-written and goes well with … Continue reading

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Reuters Live Event

Have an opinion on Corporate Social Responsibility? Necessary or not? Viable, irrelevant or pointless? From Global Voices On Thursday November 9th, at 6:30pm EST (23:30 GMT / 05:00am Friday in India), Reuters will be hosting a live conversation about corporate … Continue reading

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India at 105 in the Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

According to the Reporters sans frontières – Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index – 2006, India is at 105 out of 168 countries listed. Yemen (149th) slipped four places, mainly because of the arrest of several journalists and closure of newspapers … Continue reading

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The Sikh family upstairs and shaving the locks

I lived for ten years in RK Puram in South Delhi. A Sikh family lived in the house upstairs. When I occasionally went to their house, I was fascinated by the row of turbans in various colours. He was rather … Continue reading

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Tesco, Child Labour and Bangladesh

Meanwhile Tesco, that giant that wants to stomp all over the world apparently is caught in a child labour issue. The allegations are potentially embarrassing for Tesco, which has prided itself on its strict policy on ethical trading. The supermarket … Continue reading

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Diaspora, expat and returning to India

Washington Post has an article on Indians in the US and the notion of “more than one home”. I suppose I agree with certain parts, but a large part of me is rather convinced that it has little to do … Continue reading

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Do not speak in Tamil/Hindi/non-European language at the Airport

The last time I was at Heathrow, I joked on the phone with Sri that I probably should be speaking in English and not Tamil. Turns out I wasn’t very wrong. [Link via Sambhar Mafia] A 32-year-old man speaking Tamil … Continue reading

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The sky over the City of London and other stories

The view from my apartment may not be exactly lovely. The window overlooks the Fenchurch Street Station. In the morning, the commuter crowd pours out of the trains and if you stand right outside the station, a sea of black … Continue reading

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Diaspora, stories and identities

I admit, I knew very little of the Indian Diaspora before I actually got out of the country. Sitting in India, sifting through the books and articles in some magazines, it was perhaps rather easy for me to make certain … Continue reading

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