South Asia

News and reports from the sub-continent.

India awaits its place in the WiFi world

Before the world could be wired up into a global village, it is already being converted into a wireless planet. But India's red tape and bureacracy means frustrated users are having to wait to join in.

Mumbai bombings wound peace process

Monday's lunchtime bomb blasts marked the 10th anniversary of a bombing campaign that demolished Mumbai's image as the New York of India in 1993. The implications are many…

India's 'third sex': Ridiculed, persecuted, shunned

A poignant portrayal of the travails of India's eunuchs.

Hopes fade for Kashmir's disappeared

A key election pledge by Kashmir's ruling party to stop "disappearances" and trace thousands of missing persons has been denounced as little more than a "hoodwinking" process.

Homosexuality in India, where tradition still rules

India's erstwhile colonial laws outlawing homosexuality are out of touch with a changing society, Chinmayee Manjunath discovers.

Turning the tide on India's caste system

The carefully structured notions of India's caste hierarchy have remained unchallenged for thousands of years but a power shift is dawning, says Sreerekha Pillai.

Mobile phone fever grips Pakistan

Mobile phone mania is sweeping Pakistan with a rapid increase in national subscribers due to low connection costs and cheap pre-paid packages and phone sets.

India's 'ice cream exodus'

Every summer, like the water in this parched land, young men 'evaporate’ from the face of Bhilwara and other neighbouring districts in Rajasthan, West India, to look for work.

Clearing up after the party

No expense was spared at year's European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) annual meeting in Uzbekistan.

Raising a nation: Adopting India's hidden generation

She blows bubbles into her glass of water, her little forehead furrowed in concentration. Each time a bubble bursts, Misha's tiny voice reverberates and she laughs.

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