SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – India is one of the world’s poorest countries, with 68.8 percent of the population living on less than 2 dollars a day and more than 30 percent earning less than $1.25 per day. India’s women and children suffer the most. Is there any hope? Maybe. India aims…Full Article INDIA: IS MODI 2.0 STILL GOING STRONG?
LIAM ROGERS WRITES — On June 30, 2020, the 14th corps. commander Lt-General Harinder Singh (of India) and South Xinjiang Military District chief Major General Lui Lin (of China) launched a third round of de-escalation meetings while The Indian Times reported that India will, among other things, be pushing for…Full Article SINO-INDO RELATIONS: PAKISTAN’S COMPLICATED INVOLVEMENT
ASSOCIATE EDITOR ZHI JIAO DANIELLE GOH WRITES – When Albert Einstein warned about the danger of nuclear weapons, he famously said: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Recently, tensions between Chinese and Indian…Full Article CHINA AND INDIA: THE STICKS AND STONES WAR
ANNALISA DEL VECCHIO WRITES – Would it be right to describe the visibility of the Himalayas for the first time in thirty years as a good thing? Yes, in a way. The snow-covered peaks have been obscured by air pollution for decades, but the coronavirus pandemic has helped reduce pollution…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: CLEAN THE AIR, FLATTEN THE CURVE
Picture from “Four men have been executed over rape and murder. It’s no victory for women.” by Sud (2020), showing a recent gunning down of four sexual violence offenders in Delhi, India. KHALID ALGHUNAIM WRITES – The current state of sexual abuse in India is not just shameful but deeply…Full Article INDIA: A COUNTRY BATTERED BY SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
RASHID ALARMELI WRITES — This picture was taken at a protest. It was not a school protest, but the children were photographed as a way to show that inequalities in India hurt people of all ages. The protest took place at Jesse Brewer Jr. Park, in downtown LA, February 22. …Full Article INDIA: LOS ANGELES, WHERE INDIANS AND INDIAN-AMERICANS FEEL FREE TO PROTEST
SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES- At the very end of 2019, India’s Parliament issued a new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) granting citizenship to refugees who entered the country prior to December 31 of 2014. This act covered refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, among other countries. CAA was supposedly…Full Article INDIA: DOES CITIZENSHIP ACT AMENDMENT TARGET MUSLIMS?
NICOLE ALAVERDIAN WRITES – It is no secret that humans are amid a most severe environmental problem — global climate change. Ecological reports and scientific evidence point to the possibility of the “sixth great mass extinction” taking place. Countries have suggested climate change guidelines: The Paris Climate Agreement, of course.…Full Article Asia Round-Up: As Election Season Looms in the Region, Why is the Environment a missing topic of concern?
DIEGO GARCIA WRITES– Rakesh Sharma, a former space traveler, and India’s first astronaut, stated at a conference on April 5th, 2019, “The Indian programme has advanced both in space science and space applications, and has developed unique low-cost space technologies”. As India continues to position itself as an important…Full Article India: The Next Leader in the Space Race
DIEGO GARCIA WRITES– Bangladesh, a small country with a GDP of 250 billion (2017), is rapidly industrializing— giving stiff competition to two Asian giants: China and India. Even though most of our apparel is made in China, Bangladesh does not fall far behind; in 2017 it was the world’s second-largest…Full Article WORLD: Who is China and India’s New Industrial Rival?
PAULA MARKOW WRITES– Outfest Fusion, a film festival that showcases the LGBTQ community, ran from March 1 to 5 at the Chinese Theatre, offering an array of short films. One segment that caught my attention was a series of shorts about the LGBT community in India. The first short, Yaman,…Full Article LGBTQ: The Indian Films From Outfest You Need to See
Despite the positive effects of online social communities, easy access has led to a spread of so-called “fake news,” where false stories are forwarded among family members and friends. To manage such abuse, WhatsApp, a messaging platform, has launched a campaign in India to filter out such messages by deleting…Full Article India: WhatsApp’s Fight Against Fake News in India
CONOR FAIRTLOUGH WRITES — Felix Kjellberg, more commonly known by his youtube name “Pewdiepie,” has sat atop the most subscribed Youtube Channel since 2013. His is, in fact, the world’s most watched channel. With over 60 billion views, Kjellberg’s channel had, as of February, over 83 million subscribers. However, a new…Full Article Media: The Account set to dethrone the King of Youtube, is someone you have never heard of
(Certain names in the story have been shortened to protect the person’s identity.) AASHNA MALPANI WRITES– I hear a piercing wail in the background. My source puts the phone on hold for a minute, then returns with apologies: “Sometimes I wish I never had him.” She sounds exasperated, complaining about…Full Article INDIA: Postpartum Depression, Women, and the Indian Society in Between
OLIVIA AMEZCUA WRITES — The smog that has been polluting New Delhi for decades has reached a new intensity, according to recent reports, with pollution levels 20 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit. In fact, the New Delhi Air Quality Index hit an all-time high reading of 999. Last…Full Article India: Choked by Smog