Cartoon by Gihan de Chickera
Cartoon by Gihan de Chickera

Delhi Police raid on Newsclick, elections in the Maldives, Sri Lanka’s Online Safety Bill and more

October 2023 - Updates and analysis from around the region

Southasiasphere is our roundup of news events and analysis of regional affairs, now out every two weeks. If you are a member, you will automatically receive links to new episodes in your inbox. If you are not yet a member, you can still get episode links for free by signing up here.

In this episode, we talk about the Delhi Police raid on the office of the Indian news outlet Newsclick as well as numerous journalists' homes; and debates around delimitation and the women's reservation bill in India's parliament.

In "Around Southasia in 5 minutes", we talk about the presidential election results in the Maldives, the reimposition of an internet ban in strife-torn Manipur, the BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri's Islamophobic language in the Indian parliament, concerns over the Online Safety Bill and antiterrorism legislation in Sri Lanka, price controls impacting farmers in Myanmar and a recent massacre of resistance fighters in the country, and brewing controversy around elections for the position of the World Health Organisation's South Asia regional director. For "Bookmarked", we discuss the novel "The Laughter" by Sonora Jha.

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