Table of Contents
CoverFor a little bit of love
By: Timothy Senaviratne
Surviving the tsunami.
Responding to calamity
By: Dilip D’Souza
Notes from some shattered fields.
After the cloudburst
By: Manisha Sobhrajani
Dealing with disaster can be a humbling experience.
Slowly and deliberately
By: Edward Gonzalez
Rebuilding towards a deeper, richer democracy in Pakistan.
Water, still everywhere
By: Chris Cork
Losing the battle of hearts and minds in post-flooding Pakistan.
By: Nyla Daud
Banding together during the Pakistan floods.
The right of the river
Interview: Dipak Gyawali
The people vs the environment
By: Dinesh Kumar Mishra
Officials in India keep reviving the dead debate on floods – to the detriment of local communities and the national exchequer.
Managing floods through proactive governance
By: N Vinod Chandra Menon
Indian officialdom is pioneering efforts to incorporate disaster management in development planning.
The next big one
By: Kunda Dixit
Nepalis hear it all the time: the next big earthquake is scientifically considered overdue. Only recently has the government actually begun to take some action.
Shelter from the storm
By: Gawher Nayeem Wahra
Cyclone preparedness in Bangladesh isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Drowning in media indifference
By: Nalaka Gunawardene
Once again, the mainstream media in Sri Lanka has proven itself irrelevant in reporting and responding to catastrophic flooding.
Disaster as opportunity
Can natural disasters offer a way out of protracted conflict situations?
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportWriting in tongues
By: Rabi Thapa
How to tackle the angst that afflicts the user of the imperial language?
Hasina vs Yunus
By: David Bergman
What lies behind the sudden spate of bad press for the Grameen Bank founder?
By: Thierry Dodin
Police raids on a Tibetan spiritual leader have sparked a full-fledged hysteria in the Indian media.
By: Madhavi Bhasin
Online networks have only marginally promoted civil society-activism in Southasia.
OpinionImpelled to protect
By: Samir Nazareth
Organised religion remains an underutilised proponent in combating climate change.
By: Richard Boyle
A peculiar concatenation of circumstances led to the world’s worst-ever train disaster.
SouthasiasphereQuest for dignity
By: CK Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
TapestryFilling out the sound
By: Surabhi Pudasaini
Interview: Sunit Kansakar
ReflectionsBeheading Britain, shafting Southasia
By: Daniel Lak
Mourning recent cuts to the BBC World Service.
A Lepcha in your own land
By: Peter J Karthak
On being an ‘outsider’ in Kathmandu and remembering the past.
On the way upThe discovery 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)