Myra Khan

Myra Khan

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Women’s rights activist Ayesha Malik becomes first female Supreme Court justice in Pakistan

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  • Gender equality activists are celebrating Ayesha Malik’s appointment to the Supreme Court in light of gender disparities in Pakistan and Malik’s own robust track record as a women’s rights advocate.
  • Malik’s appointment succeeded by a narrow 5-4 margin.

On Jan. 24, a judiciary committee appointed 55-year-old Ayesha Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court bench by a narrow margin.

Domestic and international activists have been celebrating the appointment of Malik to Pakistan’s Supreme Court as an important step towards women’s rights in the country. Female judges make up only 4% of Pakistan’s high courts, BBC reports.

‘Is it going to just be for Indians?’: Madhu founders on their uphill quest to craft award-winning chocolate

Madhu Chocolate feat

After being recognized by the prestigious Good Food Awards with their innovative Idukki Black Pepper bar, Madhu Chocolate co-owners Harshit Gupta and Elliott Curelop spoke to NextShark about their journey in the food industry and what their win means for an LGBTQ Indian American-owned craft chocolate company. 

An innovative new flavor

New Jersey Senate condemns 1984 Sikh genocide in new resolution

NJ Resolution Sikh Massacre
  • On Jan. 10th, the New Jersey Senate passed Resolution 142, officially condemning the anti-Sikh violence that took place in India.
  • The resolution lists a higher death toll than is officially recognized by the Indian government.
  • Sikh American communities across the United States are recognized as having been formed by many refugees from the massacre.

The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution formally recognizing and condemning the 1984 massacre against Sikhs in India as a genocide as well as acknowledging the subsequent migration of Sikhs from India to the United States.

Resolution 142 was introduced on Jan. 7th by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney and was passed unanimously three days later. 

‘Be ready to kill’: Open calls for genocide against Indian religious minorities ramp up

Chilling Open Calls for Genocide Against Indian Religious Minorities

Far-right Hindu groups in India have been openly calling for violence against Indian Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, with many demanding a “repeat” of the 1984 genocide of Sikhs.

Nationalist populism: A Hindutva event in Haridwar last December and the cancellation of a visit to Punjab by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week have become widely discussed recently. These incidents have sparked calls for Muslim genocide and the spread of anti-Sikh hate speech, respectively.  

Vietnamese Americans are opening their doors, offering support to Afghan refugees

Across the United States, Vietnamese communities have been opening their doors to refugees from Afghanistan, seeing themselves in the new arrivals.

An unlikely bond: In cities like Philadelphia and Seattle, Vietnamese landlords, business owners, artists and neighbors have been offering support to refugees in whatever way they can, remembering their own plights when arriving from Vietnam in the late 1970s.

Who is Harnaaz Sandhu? What the world didn’t hear about Miss Universe 2021

On Dec. 12, Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe 2021. When host Steve Harvey asked the contestant to “meow,” he missed out on an opportunity to ask about her many professional accomplishments and volunteering experiences.

A new Miss Universe: The 21-year-old model and actor, who hails from Chandigarh, India, is the first winner from India in 21 years.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, culture lead to another vigilante justice death after man beaten by mob of hundreds

Pakistan Blasphemy Law

The murder of a Sri Lankan Christian man in Pakistan has sparked a national conversation around controversial blasphemy laws and the surrounding culture, which leads many religious extremists to take the law into their own hands.

Mob lynching: Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, the victim of a recent lynching last Friday, was a factory worker in Sialkot, Pakistan. Diyawadana was attacked by a mob of hundreds of people, including some of his coworkers, who accused him of tearing down posters at the factory, thus disrespecting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

The feminist femmes fatales of upcoming Pakistani noir thriller web series ‘Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam’

Pakistani noir thriller web series 'Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam'

The team behind a controversial Pakistani feminist show is set to release a new fictional anthology web series about women who kill.

Lady killers: Urdu-language noir thriller series “Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam” (“Names of the Beautiful Killers” in English) tells the tales of several women driven to murder in various circumstances against the backdrop of a fictional city named Androon Sheher.

Taliban curtailing women’s rights in Afghanistan, killing female activists

Taliban Curtailing Women’s Rights in Afghanistan, Murdering Female Activists

Since the Taliban takeover on Aug. 15, the Islamic extremist group has been violating women’s rights and targeting female activists despite promising the contrary, leaving many to wonder why Western allies have seemingly abandoned the people of Afghanistan.

Broken promises: Despite the Taliban promising to uphold women’s rights in Afghanistan, their claims did not last even 100 days into their occupation. Many international activists had anticipated this due to the group’s recurring past offenses against women.

Comedian Vir Das’ blistering ‘two Indias’ critique blasted as ‘defamation,’ ‘soft terrorism’

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Indian comedian Vir Das has recently come under fire from right-wing groups in India for using his standup routine to discuss controversial topics, including sexual violence and the farmers’ protests in the country.

What he said: During a performance in Washington D.C., Das spoke of “Two Indias” while highlighting the hypocrisy and corruption in how the country has dealt with sexual violence, farmers’ rights, COVID-19 safety, age disparities in politics, and more.

‘You don’t go to a concert to die’: South Asian Americans among the dead at Astroworld disaster

astroworld travis scott Danish Baig, Bharati Shahani

Pakistani American Danish Baig and Indian American Bharati Shahani are two of the 10 concertgoers who have been confirmed dead due to Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston.

Tragedy continues: As the Astroworld Festival death toll continues to climb, 10 families are left grieving and demanding justice for their loved ones.