Table of Contents
CoverTowards a Burmese spring
By: Larry Jagan
How much difference a year can make! The walls of closed society seem to be falling in Burma. But will the army remain silent?
By: Larry Jagan
An offer the minorities cannot refuse
By: Maung Zarni
Is Aung San Suu Kyi a pawn in the generals’ attempt to neutralise Burma’s ethnic rebellions?
Slow and steady – maybe
By: Joseph Allchin
Trying to understand the vagaries of the new Burma.
By: Kyi May Kaung
Are the Burmese reforms for real?
Preparing for the spring
By: Khet Mar
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportThe royal ‘we’
By: Roger Beaumont
Agony and anticipation as Bhutan’s king marries his queen.
The radicals in the Maoists
By: Post Bahadur Basnet
A political agreement signed on 1 November was finally supposed to allow former Maoist combatants in Nepal to move ahead with their lives. Instead, the response has been mostly anger and accusations of duplicity.
By: Peerzada Arshad Hamid
Walking the unmarked graves of Jammu & Kashmir.
Joypurhat kidney sale
By: Saad Hammadi
Has outlawing the trade in organs created a lucrative, and dangerous, black market in Bangladesh?
AnalysisBuilding on Bihar
By: Blair Glencorse
As a new government is formed in Kathmandu, how can Nepal not only learn from the changes underway in Bihar, but capitalise on them?
OpinionAll work, no play
By: Sradda Thapa
The push for time off.
SightingMusic in a time of war
By: Gerald D’Souza
A Goan family’s life in Japanese-occupied Burma.
Time and a placeIn praise of Indian mangoes
By: Tony Stewart
Elsewhere‘What is this freedom that is our passion?’
By: Aung San Suu Kyi
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
ReflectionsA303, Kidwai Nagar
By: Sarnath Banerjee
A Himalayan mystery – solved?
By: Don Messerschmidt
The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a widely appreciated mountaineering satire – but of what, exactly?
FictionThe greatest Tibetan ever born
By: Tsering Lama
ProfileThe house within
By: Meher Ali
Naiyer Masud’s multi-story Adabistan
On the way upThe Spinal Beetle of Southasia
By: KANAK MANI DIXIT
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)