For the past decade or so, Pakistan has been bending over backwards to portray itself, not just as an Islamic country, but as a land with a Buddhist past – a past which it is keen on preserving and propagating. The Center for Gandharan and Buddhist Studies is part of the effort to preserve and foster an important part of the country’s heritage which could help build bridges with Buddhist countries like Sri Lanka. Islamabad feels the need for Colombo’s cooperation in helping the Center realize its full potential.
Celebrated Indian TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi is a devout Muslim, who was in prison for 18 years for allegedly murdering his wife. In jail, he made sure that he didn’t miss out on his daily namaz, but he also faithfully read Hindu scriptures Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads for solace and strength and taught the Hindu scriptures to fellow inmates to share the spiritual benefits he had derived from them.
The history of the Bengali Hindu festival of Durga puja is inextricably linked with the history of the Kumbhars, the clay idol makers from Kumartuli in North Kolkata. Cultural anthropologist and historian, Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai, traces the fascinating history of the Kumbhars and the Durga Puja in this piece in newsin.asia
A human rights campaigner at heart Rabiya Javed Agha was responsible for promulgation of the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill 2017, the Hindu marriage Act 2017, the ICT Child Protection Bill and Juvenile Justice Ordinance System 2018, when she was serving in the Human Rights Ministry.
Indian Junior Minister of External Affairs and former editor of Sunday and Telegraph M.J. Akbar has been accused of sexual harassment in the snowballing #MeToo movement in India that began with a thread on Twitter, reports NDTV.
“We strongly condemn the rampant sexism and misogyny in Indian newsrooms that not only allows sexual harassment to go unchecked but also promotes a culture of silence, victim blaming and moral policing,” NWMI said and made a number of demands. “A higher standard of behavior is expected from men in the media and it has to be made clear that those who cannot adhere to that standard have no place in a newsroom. Beyond this, changing the culture of the newsroom in a larger, gender inclusive way is the key to putting an end to the sexism and predatory culture seen in so many media organisations,” The Wire said in an editorial.
Ibn Battutah mentions Queen Sultana Khadeeja Rehendhi Kabaidhi Kilege who ruled for thirty years, standing up against enemies and divisive forces in her kingdom and within her own family. Sultana Khadeeja ,who traced her ancestry to “Bengal”, carried on a flourishing trade with Bengal, exporting cowrie shells and importing rice, writes Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
“A little bit of compassion, patience and tolerance goes a long way in making an individual with autism live happily and productively in any family or community,” says Saima Wazed Hossain, a licensed clinical and school psychologist in the US and WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Autism for South East Asia.
From around 943 AD till about 1830, there was a flourishing trade between the Maldives and Bengal using the cowrie as currency. Copper coins replaced cowries only when the British firm Messrs, Boulton and Watt started minting millions of copper coins around 1830, writes anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia.
Puppets are a part of popular culture and entertainment across the world, especially in the South Asian region. They reflect the cultural heritage of their region, its mythology, music, beliefs, rites and rituals. Puppetry has been around since ancient times, writes cultural anthropologist Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia