Category: South Asia

Sustainable Solutions During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Brian Wimmer

With the current COVID-19 crisis ravaging the entire world, environmental issues are being sidelined as most resources are being allocated to end the pandemic. However, the world has seen some unintentional benefits of the lockdowns and economic standstill that resulted from the pandemic. Animals are returning to their habitats, pollution rates are going down, less resources for transportation are being… Read more →

Indonesia: caught between an economic rock and an environmental hard place

Haley Edmonds Indonesia has been flagged as one the leading countries in greenhouse gas emissions due to their growing industry of palm oil production. By burning land for the production of palm oil, carbon is added into the atmosphere, and when the trees that once sequestered carbon are removed, all that carbon is released back into the atmosphere. Not only has… Read more →

Local Solutions to Global Environmental Issues – Caroline McGahren

In my past three posts, I discussed the brick kiln industry, the ready-made garment (RMG) industry, and the global plastic trade and their negative effects on the natural environment in South Asia. Exploring these three industries not only reveals their appalling environmental consequences (such as high levels of carbon emissions, crop failure due to pollution, and mass water contamination), but… Read more →

Classism behind Education Funding in India

Education funding serves as one of the most fundamental factors that pushes the progress of education in India. However, due to the funding cut and the corruption in the education system, the quality of education kept declining and social conflicts, such as classism, remain and even worsen.   To begin with, the misallocation of education funding solidifies classism. Among all… Read more →

Olivia Childs: COVID-19 in Cox’s Bazar

Cox’s Bazar confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 24th. A vaccine solution is months away and there is no capacity to stop the outbreak in the refugee camps, meaning the virus will likely circulate in the crowded space for months to come. In Cox’s Bazar, both social distancing and hygienic preparation are fantasies as the population density is… Read more →

Maille-Rose Smith (ms5jr) Blog 3: Kashmir in Crisis, In Crisis

In the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis, press coverage of the Kashmir crisis has waned, but not completely died out. For the most part, Kashmir seems to have been relegated by the press to subheadings within articles about India’s response to the Coronavirus. On March 24, Vox reported on India’s coronavirus lockdown; three quarters of the way through the… Read more →

COVID-19 brings Islamophobia to all time high in India

Amidst concerns regarding COVID-19 and Prime Minister Modi’s 21-day lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus fears and religious tensions were at an all-time high, and it didn’t take long for the both to exacerbate each other. Recently, Indian authorities traced back a plethora of COVID-19 cases to the annual congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat group (Muslim missionary group)… Read more →

Post #4: Is it Still a Man’s World?

As it is common knowledge, India is traditionally and is currently a patriarchal society in many parts of the country. Discrimination against women and girls is a pervasive and long-running phenomenon that characterises Indian society at every level. India’s progress towards gender equality, measured by its position on rankings such as the Gender Development Index has been disappointing, despite fairly… Read more →

Sustainable Investments and Solutions in Southeast Asia – Brian Wimmer

Some countries in Southeast Asia have made some phenomenal efforts and seen some major breakthroughs in their sustainability efforts and initiatives. More and more regions are seeing billions of dollars (USD) in funding from investors to help with sustainability efforts. Potential sustainability investments is greater in developing countries (including much of Southeast Asia), in comparison to already developed countries, making… Read more →

Whose body counts? (Eva Pfefferkorn)

Whose body counts? Eva Pfefferkorn   As riots in New Delhi turn violent, the question of who counts as a citizen in India is emphasized with deadly consequences. Riots in response to the Citizen Amendment Act that has left many Muslims stateless have reached a death count of 38 (Gettleman). These circumstances are already a chilling reminder that the world… Read more →