Burkha craze: fuelled by Islamic politics?

Burkha craze: fuelled by Islamic politics?

Is the rise of Political Islam destroying South Asia’s pluralism? A couple of Pakistani historians indicate so. Read on: Feminists and the liberals are divided on whether the burqa, a garment that covers the entire body, or the niqab, the facial veil, represent personal freedom or suppression. While most experts agree that women, like men, […]

Spurned woman burns lover with acid!

Spurned woman burns lover with acid!

MULTAN, PAKISTAN: It’s rare to find women throwing acid on men, but such cases of vitriolage do take place! A Pakistani woman who apparently threw acid on her boyfriend after he refused to marry her was arrested in a rare case of a woman attacking a man, Pakistani policemen  said Thursday (June 16). The policemen […]

Why PM Modi rushed to Iran this month…

Why PM Modi rushed to Iran this month…

The last week of May eventful indeed! Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Iran, President Pranab Mukherjee made a trip to neighbouring China. These two visits show that relations with Tehran and Beijing play an important role in New Delhi’s foreign policy. India and China are rivals. They share the global stage as members […]

Why has Maldives cut ties with Iran ?

Why has Maldives cut ties with Iran ?

Is it a storm in a tea-cup? Or is it an expansion of the Saudi Sultanate? Has Maldives become a Saudi protectorate?  The tiny state of Maldives’ decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran on Tuesday has sent ‘shockwaves across South Asia’ says a Colombo newspaper, but Tehran has chosen to snub the Indian Ocean […]

Pakistan has under 1% policewomen -blame Bollywood!

Pakistan has under 1% policewomen -blame Bollywood!

Pakistan has the lowest ratio of women police in South Asia, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Among the total police force of 425,978 in Pakistan, the number of women is 4,020. Even India has a low 6.11 percent of women in the police force. In Pakistan, women make 0.94 […]

Fishermen grow mangroves in Sri Lanka

Fishermen grow mangroves in Sri Lanka

The fisher folk of Sri Lanka’s north-western coast, are convinced that well-tended mangroves can protect lives and property against the monsoon rains that lash the island from July to October. One such person is Milan Gamage, a 35-year-old woman, who planted mangroves behind her home on the edge of the Puttalam lagoon in 2008. They […]