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Remembering Gandhi and His Legacy of Peace

Remembering Gandhi and His Legacy of Peace

Featured Posts, History, Manhattan, South Asian, Video October 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm

The annual commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi took place by his statue in Union Square Park on Oct. 2 and included performances of his favorite devotional songs.

Aizzah Fatima, the creator of a one woman show titled 'Dirty Paki Lingerie' that played at Manhattan College, performs her characters on stage on Sept. 25. (Photo by Adrian Fussell / The Riverdale Press)

One-Woman Show Challenges Misconceptions of Muslims

Manhattan, Muslim, South Asian, Women October 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

A one-person comedy play, staged by Aizzah Fatima, sheds light on the lives of Pakistani and Muslim women in the U.S., reports The Riverdale Press.

Send Money Through ‘Payo’

Send Money Through ‘Payo’

Business, South Asian September 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm

A student at LaGuardia Community College has developed an app for Nepalis to send money home, reports Everest Times.

Members of the #DalitWomenFight arriving at Queens Museum on Sept. 20 (Photo by Rahimon Nasa for Voices of NY)

#DalitWomenFight Comes to NYC

Featured Posts, History, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks, Women September 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm

A group of Dalit activists brought their message and a photo exhibit to the Queens Museum, hoping to inspire the Indian diaspora community to pay more attention to the continued discrimination and abuse suffered by members of the “untouchable” caste.

Jagdish Bhagwati (Photo via News India Times)

New Center on Indian Economy

Business, Manhattan, South Asian September 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

A new center at Columbia University will study India and Indian economic policies, News India Times reports.

Protesters at Diversity Plaza ripping up copies of the new Nepalese constitution. (Photo by Dipika Shrestha for Voice of NY)

New Constitution Divides Nepalese in New York

Featured Posts, Politics, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks September 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Rallies in Queens supporting and opposing the new constitution in Nepal are a reflection of the political feuds, religious sensitivities, and the frustration of indigenous groups within the Nepalese community.

Abeer Hoque reading the words of murdered Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy, whose image is projected behind her  at the PEN American Center event, Unslain Words (Photo by William Mathis for Voices of NY)

Bangladeshi Writers Honor the Silenced

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Religion, South Asian September 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

In the wake of the murder of bloggers in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi writers spoke out recently at a PEN American Center meeting in support of free speech and secularism.

Mina Malik (Photo via News India Times)

Managing Complaints about the NYPD

Government, Police, South Asian September 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

South Asian-American attorney Mina Malik, head of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, is profiled by News India Times.

Kensington women organized an August vigil for 13-year-old Samiul Alam Rajon, who was attacked and killed in Sylhet. (Photo by Sania Ahmed via Open City Magazine)

Bangladeshi in Brooklyn Rally

Brooklyn, South Asian September 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

Bangladeshi in Brooklyn came together to rally against violent incidents in Bangladesh, Open City reports.

One Man’s Return to Nepal: Mourning 17 Relatives

One Man’s Return to Nepal: Mourning 17 Relatives

Featured Posts, South Asian, Voices' Picks September 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

New Yorker Bishnu Man Pradhan lost 17 members of his family as an auspicious religious celebration turned deadly on April 25.

Engineer Broadcasts Ancient Indian Epic

Engineer Broadcasts Ancient Indian Epic

History, South Asian September 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Semiconductor design engineer Sudipta Bhawmik produces an audio podcast that tells the stories of the ancient Indian epic, the “Mahabharata,” in part to pass the epic on to young Indian Americans, he tells Desi Talk.

Summer Session: Studying Urdu in Brooklyn

Summer Session: Studying Urdu in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, South Asian August 28, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Sixty-five students studied Urdu in Brooklyn this summer in a program meant to help connect them with their families, reports Kensington BK.

The traveling KIMFF, to be held in Queens Aug. 29, will benefit the rural school in Solukhumbu, Nepal which was severely damaged in the recent earthquake. Outdoor classrooms have been set up. (Photo courtesy of Ngima Pakhrin)

Nepali Film Fest to Benefit Rural School

Queens, South Asian August 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

On Aug. 29 Nepali films will be screened in Elmhurst, Queens, with proceeds from the event going to a rural school in Nepal severely damaged by the recent earthquake.

(Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Celebrating Pakistani Independence in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, South Asian August 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Ditmas Park Corner captures the annual Brooklyn Mela, or festival, celebrating Pakistan’s independence day through a photo essay.

Ali Najmi (Photo via Times Ledger)

Ali Najmi Feels Like a Winner in Queens Race

Politics, Queens, South Asian August 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Lawyer Ali Najmi is confident he’s running a winning campaign for the 23rd district council seat in Queens, writes Times Ledger.