Table of Contents
CoverConnectivity: The India-Bangladesh land bridge
By: Kanak Mani Dixit
Can a formal bilateral communiqué be a ‘game changer’, foretell a ‘paradigm shift’, in a Southasian relationship? If India and Bangladesh manage to follow through on promises to open up their economies for transit and trade as set out in a memorandum of January 2010, a new era could dawn across the land borders of Southasia. The challenges are bureaucratic inertia in New Delhi and ultra-nationalist politics in Dhaka.
Cover interview: C Raja Mohan
Cover interview: Rehman Sobhan
Strong alignment, again
Cover interview: Tariq A Karim
A ‘fair-plus’ deal
Cover interview: Deb Mukharji
Where’s the documentation?
Cover interview: Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury
Jugalbandi: Between town and country
By: Surabhi Pudasaini
In Nepal today, it’s hard to get away from the sound of dohori.
Jugalbandi: Burmese songs of exile
By: Jack Chance
Forced from their homes, languishing in camps in Thailand, Karen refugees bring in their new year with musical traditions old and new.
Jugalbandi: Divided scores
By: Yousuf Saeed
Though there was a general decline in classical music in Pakistan after Partition, there are many uplifting stories of how musical traditions have been kept alive and even enriched.
Jugalbandi: Hindustani music is our music
By: Namita Devidayal
Despite the modern claims to lineage, little is known of the Subcontinent’s classical music forms – beyond the centuries of cross-community collaboration that were required.
Jugalbandi: Indian Ocean’s common minimum programme
By: Rahul Ram
Balancing politics and music in India’s best-known progressive band.
Jugalbandi: Freewheelin’ Lou Majaw
By: Vivek Menezes
Trying to celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday with the Northeast’s most legendary rock star.
Commentary‘An appearance of solidity’
Sri Lanka: Financing the post-war economy
Region: Existential crisis
India: Religion, terror and the majority
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
By: Ahmed Yusuf
The brief departure of the MQM from Pakistan’s coalition government, although portending crisis, proved to be a boon to all parties.
UNMIN: Bang to a whimper
By: Damakant Jayshi
Some achievements, a few controversies and a blunder mark the UN special political mission’s four-year term in post-conflict Nepal, outlining a few vital lessons for both the UN and Nepali decision-makers.
By: Senge Hasnan Sering
Due to Islamabad’s unfeeling agenda, local languages and cultures of Gilgit-Baltistan are on the verge of extinction.
By: Iqbal Khattak
Trilateral agreement for Nepali trade
By: Mallika Shakya
India has agreed to allow Nepal to trade with Bangladesh through its territory, but bureaucratic hurdles and lack of infrastructure have not allowed the arrangement to work. Perhaps the India-Bangladesh memorandum of January 2010 indicates New Delhi’s commitment to force compliance by its bureaucracy, and jumpstart a process on infrastructure building.
Lankan reality, Indian conundrum
By: Tisaranee Gunasekara
In the post-LTTE scenario, New Delhi has lost its ability to influence Colombo – and Beijing is taking advantage.
Affronts to humanity
By: Husain Naqi
Recent violence and contentious debate over Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are but the latest episodes in a sorry history of retreat before fanatical religio-political forces.
OpinionBurma’s rudderless opposition
Aung San Suu Kyi, along with the leadership of the NLD and Burma’s ethnic groups, have all proven incapable of forcing through the changes required.
By: Alston D'Silva
From a showpiece for an internationalist Third World vision to an extended playing field for Bollywood, the International Film Festival of India has come a long way.
SouthasiasphereThe price of prosperity
By: C. K Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
TapestryIn search of the other song
By: Saba Dewan
Tawaif singers, long the custodians of certain musical styles in Hindustani music, have been pushed to the margins and into abandoning music altogether.
Special ReportThe hasty exit strategy
By: Aunohita Mojumdar
As the Western powers prepare to hightail it out of Afghanistan, there is little accountability to the Afghan people.
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 upThe leg-paddlers of Inle
By: Kanak Mani Dixit
The archive: 25 years of Southasia
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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”.
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Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)