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By: Abhay Mohan Jha
In the weeks after Mamata Banerjee’s resounding victory over the Left Front, a roving writer finds a state reeling from the effects of three decades of left rule.
By: Sumon K Chakrabarti
Mamata Banerjee claims she’s the leader for change. Now is her opportunity to prove the point.
Bimal Gurung sells out
By: Udhyan Chamling Rai
The agreement between the Trinamool and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on a new administrative set-up for the Darjeeling Hills seems to be the prelude to the replay of a drama that will once again cheat the people of Darjeeling and the Nepali-speaking Gorkhalis all over India.
Among the bidwadjan
By: Rangan Chakravarty
The intelligentsia and political change in West Bengal.
Beyond the debacle
By: Sumanta Banerjee
From the ashes of the CPI (M)’s electoral defeat in West Bengal, a ‘New Indian Left’ can be born.
Between song and death
By: Sumana Roy
A trip to an ancient capital of Bengal.
By: Tridivesh Singh Maini
The cultural and economic synergies between West Bengal and Bangladesh can usher in a new chapter in relations between the latter and all of India.
AbominablyRegion Embankments: Riding the tiger
By: CK Lal
CommentaryRegion: Thirty-year itch
India: Fast track to nowhere
Sri Lanka: Rajapakse and the return of dissent
Art: 'One can still see that old breeze'
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportDeferred, not resolved
By: Post Bahadur Basnet
Serious obstacles remain in moving forward on the peace process in Nepal. Will the impossibility of extending the Constituent Assembly beyond six months force the Maoists and the other parties to a compromise?
Disregarding the Jumma
By: Hana Shams Ahmed
The Bangladesh government’s continued failure to protect its indigenous peoples has forced the latter to seek international help.
Between Dhaka and the Nasaka
By: Joseph Allchin
Why has the Bangladesh government rejected a USD 33 million aid package from the UN?
Getting the message
By: Tariq Habib
Pakistan’s Taliban takes to propaganda videos to counter the ‘war on terror’.
AnalysisThe logic of Ramdev
By: Shiv Visvanathan
The guru-politico comes with an idiom that the powerbrokers of New Delhi fail to understand, but which could yet change the contours of politics.
There is no ‘Africa’
By: Rohit Negi
New Delhi’s policy on the continent needs to go beyond celebration, resource exploitation and wariness of Chinese designs.
By: Tisaranee Gunasekara
The new Jana Sabha system of government looks set to gut the powers of local-level state structures in Sri Lanka, strengthening the hands of the Colombo regime.
OpinionKolkata and Kathmandu
By: Sujeev Shakya
SightingThe vanished path
By: Bharath M
Seeking answers to the mysterious, near-complete disappearance of Buddhism from India.
Time and a placeThe lands of Kalindi Rani
By: Kabita Chakma
A thorn in the side of the colonisers of the Chittagong Hill Tracts continues to offer inspiration today.
SouthasiasphereSurvival of the censored
By: C K Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
TapestryEchoes of Tagore
By: Andrew Robinson
How Satyajit Ray borrowed from the poet's world – and transformed it.
Special ReportNepali Hindutva
By: Amish Raj Mulmi
Confusion over the relationship between religion and the government in the newly secular Nepal has allowed for a strengthening of an aggressive Hindu far-right.
On the way upThe Occidental Southasian
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”.
From our archive:
Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)