He dreamed about it, wrote about it. He rolled it around in the palm of his hand. Working through the “dark night of overtime” in January 2014, the 23-year-old Xu Lizhi imagined himself like a misplaced screw, “plunging vertically, lightly clinking,” lost to the factory floor. “It won’t attract anyone’s attention,” he wrote. “Just like the last time/ On a night like this/ When someone plunged to the ground.”
Ghulam Ali saab is truly the voice of South Asia. He has sang songs in Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Nepali and has millions of fans across India and Pakistan. Shiv Sena, the Hindu fundamentalist party in India’s Maharashtra has succeeded in getting a concert of Ghulam Ali scheduled in Mumbai canceled, through its rabble-rousing.
Some of the biggest concerns revolve around the environment, intellectual property, workers’ rights and investor-state dispute settlement.
The ban culture in India has just cost its first life: an elderly Muslim was killed in just on the rumors of eating beef. The Ban culture is on the rise ever since the Hindu-supermacist BJP has come to power in the country. Here are some musical and satirical takes on the ban culture which expose the absurdity of such bans:
A Bangladesh-based hardline Islamist group last week issued a “hit list,” threatening to kill 20 outspoken Bangladeshi bloggers, writers and activists, most of whom have already fled the country in the face of continuing threats.