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SAJA Panel Discussion on the South Asian Blogosphere

SAJA BRIEFING: The South Asian Blogosphere and How Its Changing the Media 8:35pm
Website: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saja/2008/09/26/desiblogs

The South Asian Journalists Association presents an online panel discussion among some of the best-known names in the South Asian blogosphere. They will discuss the state of the blogosphere (South Asian and otherwise) and how it is affecting how news and information about South Asia and the diaspora is gathered and shared. Sabahat Ashraf of iFaqeer; Anil Dash of AnilDash.com; Karthik of Uberdesi.com; Maria Giovanna of Filmiholic.com; Arun Venugopal of SAJAforum.org


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San Jose Peace Center Event with Safdar Sarki

Safdar Sarki on the Wikipedia
Dr. Safdar Sarki on the Wikipedia

Apologies for the late update, but I recently got the chance to moderate an event at the San Jose Peace Center with Dr. Safdar Sarki organized by one of my primary activist commitments, the Friends of South Asia. [I was not able to provide advance notice because I wasn’t originally scheduled to moderate the event; but Ijaz Syed Saahab had to make an out-of-town trip at short notice.]

You can read the event notice here, and see pictures and a brief write up at Cemendtaur’s  “Karachi Photo Blog”.

This also gave me the chance to continue my effort to help improve coverage of South Asian  issues on the Wikipedia by contributing one of the pictures from that event (taken by Farhan Shahid using my iPhone, actually) to that database. You can see it at right, or as part of the article on him.

Picture Contributions to Wikipedia

Benazir Bhutto's photo on the Wikipedia
Benazir Bhutto’s photo on the Wikipedia

I have been a contributor to the Wikipedia for a while and made what are hopefully significant contributions. You can read more on my User page on that site. Though I am basically what I have often called “a text kinda guy”, along the way I have also contributed some graphics to that database, and one thing I realized recently is that the “official” picture of Benazir Bhutto (at right), the one that is often used in articles about her on the Wikipedia, Wikinews, and other sites that draw their content from those two and the Wikimedia database.

Hussain Haqqani's photo on the Wikipedia
Hussain Haqqani’s photo on the Wikipedia

I recently realized that the article on Hussain Haqqani, the journalist, scholar, and then-Ambassador-Designate of Pakistan to the US did not have a picture on it. I tried to get one myself during the recent annual convention of the Organization of Pakistani Enterpreneurs (OPEN) in Silicon Valley, but–being that “text kinda guy”–wasn’t able to. However, a young and dynamic lady, Zainab Jeewanjee, has stepped in as a life saver and I just also contributed a picture she sent me (at left) to the Wikipedia, and which now appears in the article on him.