Table of Contents
CoverThe Light of tears
By: Ali Madeeh Hashmi
The life and poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Dipped in the heart's blood
By: Rakhshanda Jalil
Faiz’s English-language prose, on the whole, does not carry the resonance of his Urdu poetry.
In other tongues
By: Vijay Prashad
Subsumed by history and nation
By: Afsan Chowdhury
Where does Faiz the poet and pan-Southasian Marxist end and Faiz the Pakistani begin? This is a question to which Bangladeshis, among others, still seek an answer.
From home to the world
By: Ali Mir and Raza Mir
Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s internationalist vision was based on working-class movements and the struggles of colonised peoples everywhere.
‘Bol’, the Nepali people!
By: Gauri Nath Rimal
Faiz’s progressive writings have great relevance in Nepal today, when a new constitution is being drafted amidst a troubled peace process.
In many dimensions
By: Sheel Kant Sharma
Faiz’s poetry is the cherished legacy of Southasia.
Listening to Faiz is a subversive act
By: Gauhar Raza
Yes, even today …
Roundtable9th Panos-Himal Roundtable
AbominablyOpinions from around the region
All the opinions faced from around the Southasian region collected here.
Commentary‘Could have been the story of a hero’
INDIA: Winter of graft
Region: Commerce across Southasia
The right to dissent
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportOld bounds, new art
By: Mujib Mashal
Young women are at the forefront of Kabul’s modern art.
By: Teresa Rehman
The state finally has a jail, but it remains far from adequate.
Naya Bihar: Nitish’s next yatra
By: Abhay Mohan Jha
Bihar’s chief minister was able to convince voters that he was changing the state for the better – and they rewarded him overwhelmingly.
AnalysisThe developmentalisation of Nepal
By: Hemant R Ojha
Donor assistance would be more effective when accompanied by a sense of accountability and elimination of the middleman.
By: I P Adhikari
A creeping clampdown on Christianity in Bhutan poses the serious question of whether the kingdom has really set itself on the path to secular democracy.
By: Meera Nanda
How ‘Hindu’ is this modern version?
By: Sarbari Bhaumik
New Delhi has begun a frantic military build-up in the eastern Himalaya, based on the army chief’s interests and perceived Chinese deployments in north Tibet.
The simulated politics of diaspora
By: Nirmala Rajasingam
If you listen to nationalists within the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, it's still the mid-1970s, and a Tamil Eelam is right around the corner.
By: Post Bahadur Basnet
While the recent meeting of Nepal’s Maoists was supposed to offer clarity and energy for the party’s future strategy, it did neither.
OpinionRoads and redistributive injustice
By: Garga Chatterjee
To try and disallow people from jaywalking is an encroachment on the commons.
By: Madhusree Mukerjee
George Orwell’s potent rejection of censorship originated with the conflict between his wartime experience as propagandist to the Empire and his conviction that colonialism was responsible for hunger in British India.
Time and a placeThe paars of Mannar
By: Richard Boyle
Although things have gone quiet for the past half-century, the pearl fishery of Ceylon was known around the world for millennia.
SouthasiasphereThe cost of liberalisation
By: C.K Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
TapestryThe town as musical score
By: Gert-Matthias Wegner
Ritual music has historically played a crucial role in giving urban space a transcendental meaning. This link is on the verge of being broken.
ReflectionsThe void of Nagarjuna
By: Namit Arora
At a time when Buddhist teachings were under threat from multiple directions, the ‘second Buddha’ did much to revive and build upon them.
ReviewOn the stage and off
By: Lata Singh
By: Faisal Bari
Between media and state
By: A S Paneerselvan
Open LetterLiving in the global glasshouse
By: Nalaka Gunawardene
An open letter to Sir Arthur C Clarke.
BookshelfReviews of the latest books from and on Southasia
The reviews of latest books of the Southasia region is explained in brief.
On the way upUpwelling mud
By: Kanak Mani Dixit
‘Liberated’ Loi Taileng
Photographs and text by Brennan O`Connor
Photographs and text by Brennan O`Connor
The archive: 25 years of Southasia
Image: Penguin India
Penguin India withdraws The Hindus
On 11 February 2014, Penguin India decided to recall and destroy all remaining copies of Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History. The decision was part of an agreement between them and Shiksha Bachao Andolan, a Hindu campaign group that filed a case against the publishers in 2010, arguing that the book was insulting to Hindus and contained “heresies”.
From our archive:
Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)