Opinion

Caste Discrimination in the United States

April 3, 2018

Last week, the research and advocacy organization Equality Labs released a report on Caste in the United States. The national survey that formed the basis of this new report was, according to Equality Labs, the first comprehensive look at caste identity and discrimination’s prominence within diasporic South Asian communities in the States. Equality Labs describes itself … Read More

Marvia Malik is Pakistan’s First Transgender TV Anchor

March 27, 2018

Marvia Malik, a 21 year old journalism graduate and model, has just been hired as Pakistan’s first transgender news anchor. Malik was hired by the station Kohenoor TV. She made news earlier this month as the first transgender model on the runway at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council. Overwhelmed by the love and support she … Read More

Coming to Terms with My Eating Disorder

March 16, 2018

I thought I was everything but bulimic. Gluten-intolerant. Carb-phobic. A sensitive soul with a sensitive stomach. But bulimia? Definitely not. That word and all other eating disorders were “white girl problems” to me. It was the 100 year old Chardonnay of shitty coping mechanisms that only grew more expensive and detrimental with age. I had … Read More

Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency Amidst Religious Attacks

March 7, 2018

Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency on Tuesday amidst mob attacks against the minority Muslim population, resulting in at least one fatality. Tensions have long existed between Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamil Hindus, and Muslims in the island country. These mob attacks were reportedly sparked by a road rage incident, in which a Sinhalese truck driver … Read More

Krishna Kohli Is the First Dalit Hindu Woman Elected to Pakistan’s Senate

March 5, 2018

Krishna Kohli was elected to Pakistan’s Senate on Saturday. A Dalit Hindu, she is the first female Senator to be elected from a marginalized caste in the country’s history. Kohli has been elected as part of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and will be sworn in later this month. The PPP, Pakistan’s left-wing, socially progressive … Read More

Hasan Minhaj Is Getting His Own Netflix Show

March 1, 2018

Everyone’s favorite brown boy is back! Breakout star of The Daily Show, comedian Hasan Minhaj will have his own weekly show on Netflix. It’s not clear yet what Minhaj’s show will be about, but there’s no doubt we’ll be treated to deep dives into race, culture, and more as we’ve seen with the comedian so … Read More

New Study Recommends How to Keep LGBTQI Sri Lankans Safe Online

In a country where homosexuality is outlawed, the internet provides both an escape and meeting place for LGBTQ Sri Lankans. Experts in Colombo are now studying ways to ensure the safety of LGBTQ Sri Lankans as they log on. A recent study into internet use amongst LGBTQ Sri Lankans was launched in Colombo earlier this … Read More

The Real Story of How Pad Man Became Famous by Selling Shame

February 18, 2018

This post originally appeared on Mythri Speaks. “If we want to give our daughters Sanitary Pads, we’d much rather buy the good quality ones available in the market. What do you think we are…trying to get rid of some cheap stuff by dumping it on our girls?” These words came from angry mothers of girls … Read More

Colombo Elects First Female Mayor

February 14, 2018

Local elections in Sri Lanka last week resulted in the appointment of Colombo’s first female mayor, Rosy Senanayake of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s center-right United National Party (UNP). Her win follows newly instated requirements that women make up at least 25% of candidates in local elections. This move is an attempt to address the fact … Read More

India Plans to Roll Out Universal Healthcare

Earlier this month, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration announced plans to push for universal healthcare in India. So far, his budget proposal envisions providing healthcare support and health insurance for 100 million low-income families in India, which would cover 40% of the population. Eventually, the government plans to roll out accessible health insurance to … Read More

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