Sonia Sarkar
Sonia Sarkar is a journalist based in India for the past 17 years. She writes on human lives, conflict, religion, politics, health and gender rights from South and Southeast Asia. Her work has appeared in a range of international publications including Al Jazeera, British Medical Journal, Ozy.com and Nikkei Asian Review. She loves to travel and considers the world as her "beat."

Some 650,000 pregnant women in flood-hit provinces are affected by maternal malnutrition; unregulated use of medicines, untrained birth attendants, lack of access to health facilities among problems post-floods.

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Tamil Nadu’s ban on online games like rummy, poker will only benefit fly-by-night and illegal market operators who encourage illicit activities, says gaming federation chief.

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Muslims are ‘not officially recognised’ as internally displaced and receive little government help to resettle after 26 years of civil war, activists say.

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Indian trawlers often illegally poach in Sri Lanka’s waters; now a China-owned venture has been helping Sri Lankan fishermen to cultivate sea cucumbers, instead of heading out to sea.

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Former protesters, who were angry over the mismanaged economy and major shortages, are divided on what to do next; some are keen to continue what they started while others want to give their new leader – in power a month – a chance.

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One non-profit group fears the US verdict could lead to the spreading of more misinformation to ensure abortion services are denied to women from marginalised groups.

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Tea is deeply entrenched across gender and social classes in Pakistan, even as the country explores non-import alternatives like herbal and green tea.

As India’s most-populous state goes to the polls, religious minorities – who make up about 20 per cent of the population – are worried for their future if hardline chief minister Yogi Adityanath is re-elected.

Some find themselves stuck as airspace closes and train services are cancelled. Others have chosen to stay put, determined to ‘continue with our daily lives’.

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While lower caste Dalits have cheered the move by California State University, higher class Brahmins say it ‘marks all people of Indian descent as suspect’.

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A man held for breaking into Queen Elizabeth’s Windsor Castle claimed in a video he would attempt to ‘assassinate’ her as revenge for the incident in British-ruled India.

In South Asia, a person’s social status is determined at birth. So entrenched is this social system that people who move overseas continue to face prejudice from fellow migrants.

Former cricketer Azeem Rafiq’s revelations of racial harassment and bullying while playing for Yorkshire County Cricket Club have once again brought to the fore the racism those of South Asian heritage face in Britain.

Vishal Jood, a Hindu, was deported from Australia after a series of attacks on Sikhs. Rather than opprobrium, on his return he was greeted by a roadshow and lauded as a patriot.

A survey of 940 public health facilities after the Taliban took power found two-thirds are short of medicine and can’t pay staff. Even private hospitals are struggling and a doctor says 10 women had given birth to malnourished women at her facility in the past month.

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After being stranded in Kabul following the Taliban takeover, journalist Sonia Sarkar managed to leave on an Indian air force plane, but with no luggage.

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The Taliban’s lightning advance caught not only the US off guard, but ordinary Afghans too. Sonia Sarkar was there as the mood went from normal to frantic.

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Indian fertility clinics have seen a 25 per cent rise in the number of women freezing their eggs in the last year, to keep their childbearing options open.

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The study found Hindus see their religious and national identities as closely intertwined, while a third of respondents don’t want a Muslim neighbour.

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