Eight Recommended Longreads

By Isheta Salgaocar

1.  Where Soccer Gets Made
By Omar Waraich

A story on the making and makers of soccer balls in the ancient city of Sialkot, Pakistan.

2. The Happiness Index: Putting people before profit in Bhutan
By Gretchen Legler

A look at a young democracy into the largely self-sustaining Buddhist kingdom  as it transforms into a modern democracy.

3. The Spark: How Sunil Pant Ignited A Queer Rights Movement In Nepal
By Kyle Knight

A profile of the Sunil Pant, who has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and spearheaded the cause of gay rights as director of Nepal’s first organization for sexual and gender minorities.

4.  Narendra Modi: India’s Saviour Or It’s Worst Nightmare?
By Jason Burke

A story on the ground at a Narendra Modi rally, decoding what the victory of this “formidable public speaker” and as considered by some “rabid nationalist”, might mean for India and beyond.

5. Your Clothes Were Made by a Bangladeshi Climate Refugee
By George Black

A story on Bangladesh’s vulnerability to climate change and it’s disaster plagued garment industry, and the liquid that binds it all together: water.

6. The Doctor and the Saint: Ambedkar, Gandhi and the battle against caste
By Arundhati Roy

A story that maps the impact of  Mahatma Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar on contemporary Indian politics.

7.  Blood Speaks
By Rose George

A story on health, and social taboos in Bangladesh and Nepal around women, menstruation and putting life at risk for the inevitable.

8.  Rise in Bigotry Fuels Massacre Inside Myanmar
By Jane Perlez

A look into the atrocities committed against and problems reporting on one of the United Nations’ most persecuted peoples – The Rohingya, and the cause for violence.

Favourites from the archives

The Politics of Grief
By V.V. Ganeshananthan

An essay on the massacre of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka and the way that mourning can be an act of dissent.

By Bread Alone
By J. Malcolm Garcia

The story of one Afghan baker’s experiences of harassment, corruption, and exile, and allowing wars to creep over borders.

Myanmar’s Old Guard Runs A Jade Empire
By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Min Zayar Oo

A story that documents a rare visit to the heart of Myanmar’s secretive jade-mining industry in Hpakant where soldiers and ethnic rebels clash, and people may be buried alive for stealing stones.

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