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Sourav Roy
Sourav Roy is a Singapore based commentator on Asian affairs. He has previously worked with Al Jazeera English, BBC Radio, United Nations and The Indian Express. He has also served on the jury of the prestigious Asian Media Awards and Asian Digital Media Awards, organized by the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers. Sourav appears on Al Jazeera English's acclaimed programme, Inside Story as an analyst from Asia . He can be reached at

Entries by Sourav Roy

David vs Goliath- the Incredible Story of a Fearless Asian Activist

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 9:37 AM


David - The Man

June 1958. Racial riots were blazing through the North of Sri Lanka, annihilating the minority Tamil population. A young boy of 13 years stood witnessing it all. The injustice, the subjugation of the powerless, the bloodshed and the carnage...

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How the Cosmos Teaches Humility to Social Media Show-offs.

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:33 AM

The ever increasing & harmonious spread of the Cosmos

How often have you noticed and sympathized with the profound darkness of ignorance that social media braggarts drown themselves in? The world of boisterous announcements of accomplishments, swaggering pictures of materialistic possessions and...

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For the Man Who Jumped Into the Sea to Save a Dying Whale

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 11:19 AM


On Valentine's Day, 2011, while studying the movement and complex behavior of whales in the Sea of Cortez, Michael Fishbach, co-director of the Great Whale Conservancy, chanced upon a heartbreaking scene: a humpback whale that appeared to be...

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TrakInvest: Crowdsourcing Financial Wisdom in Asia

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Bobby Bhatia, Founder & CEO, TrakInvest.

Why did Religare (one of India's largest financial services group), Thomson Reuters (one of the world's biggest providers of business information), SIAS (Asia's largest organized investor lobby group), Business Times (Singapore's leading...

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2013; The Worst Year Ever for Tigers in India.

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 4:49 PM


Many in India worship Sherawali Mata or Durga, the divine "Mother Goddess" who comes mounted on a tiger, making the king of the jungle the chosen vehicle of one of India's most powerful and revered religious deities. An equal number, also...

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The Malefic Influence of Mars on India's Mars Mission

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:44 PM

As I write this post, my Facebook newsfeed is flooded with fellow Indians exhilarating in joy over India's successful Mars mission launch.

'Proud to be an Indian, Good job guys, we did it. Now you know who the real emerging power is and Watch out, China, here...

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ASEAN: What's That and Who Cares? Certainly Not the Common Man in Asia

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 5:41 PM

(Yangon's night market vendors struggle to earn a decent living and make ends meet. )

My smartphone buzzed. It was showing me a Google alert for a news article on the ASEAN Economic Community and how cool the Asian grouping...

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Why the 'Eternal Embrace' Photograph From Bangladesh Haunts Its Photographer the Most

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 10:06 AM


It has been weeks since the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Sarvar, Bangladesh, killing almost 1,100 garment workers who were making cut-piece clothes for Western brands.

The disaster emerged as just another grim reminder of the "haves" of the world...

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Your Cauldron of Shame Is Spilling Over, India; Treat Your Women Better

(46) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 8:55 AM

As I walked into work today, I was greeted by a visibly disturbed colleague who held up her smartphone to me with a news article that recounted the horrendous rape of a woman in a Delhi bus. I knew what was coming that very moment and felt my...

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The Truth About Newspapers in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 9:39 AM

Are newspapers still the most influential and reliable news medium around? Did not the emergence of new media sound the death knell for the print industry? And are people really reading newspapers anymore?

These are questions whose answers smack of not one but many confirmation biases. While the notion...

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How Singapore Gave Birth to Servolve

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 10:12 AM

George Mathew, CEO Servolve

When I first met George Mathew, some three years ago, in a business gathering, I remember an acquaintance introducing him as 'a young man with immense capital' to invest in Singapore's fast-paced economy. I looked...

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The Ignominy of Being Poor in an Emerging Asia

(9) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 11:54 AM

Everybody's talking about Asia's meteoric rise, set against the apocalyptic backdrop of a crumbling Eurozone and the rhetoric of a done-for-good American economy, but why is it so hard to look behind the number-crunching banners of Asian economies that hide a worrisome reality.

One that speaks of a glaring...

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With the Launch of Fajr in Space, It's Showtime for Iran Again

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 4:13 PM

In less than 24 hours from now, Iran will catapult another satellite in space. Fajr will become the fourth Iranian satellite launched within the last three years. Iranian Defense minister Brigadier Ahmad Vahidi is understandably over the moon at his nation's accomplishment and has declared it to be...

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Tell Us the Truth Behind British Arms in Asia, Mr. Hague?

(28) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 11:25 AM

British Secretary of State, William Hague, is a delight to listen to. Even more when he dismisses an uncomfortable question hurled at him. One would imagine that on any given day, a smirk laced with a dismissive sense of authority, an impassive gaze and a stern pitch would do the...

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India's Cold Shoulder for Tibet

(22) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 1:05 PM

As hundreds of mourning Tibetans marched on the streets of Dharamshala, the Indian abode of the Tibetan government-in-exile, waiving banners in support of Jamphel Yeshi, a young Tibetan who burned himself to death before the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao in India, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and...

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