Table of Contents
CoverMagic, memory, history
By: Rohit Chopra
Legal and other spirits in the New Delhi High Court.
By: Manjushree Thapa
A rash of bewitchings in upper Mustang.
Dakan! Fighting violence against women
By: Kavita Srivastava
Important draft legislation was recently unveiled in Rajasthan that would impose serious punishment for ‘witch-hunting’. Getting legislators to sign off on the bill, however, will prove difficult.
Wandering souls, wondering families
By: Weena Pun
A mother and daughter seek word from a husband and father, a quarter century after he died.
Where should the mad woman go?
By: Haroon Khalid
Black magic and possession in Pakistan.
By: Joseph Allchin
Burma’s indigenous form of spirituality maintains an uneasy relationship with the state-sanctioned Theravada Buddhism.
Under the tamarind tree
By: Richard Boyle
Living by and disproving Sri Lanka’s four types of magic.
Faith versus science
By: Rakesh Shukla
CommentaryAfghanistan: Irreconcilable with democracy
India: Not yet azad
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportJ & K vs New Delhi
By: Peerzada Arshad Hamid
Even as India and Pakistan race to finish massive hydroelectric projects on shared Himalayan rivers, the Jammu & Kashmir government is trying to estimate how much money it has ‘lost’ due to the half-century-old Indus Water Treaty.
By: Post Bahadur Basnet
The peace process and constitution-drafting in Nepal have come to a standstill amidst serious inter- and intra-party disputes, particularly within the Maoists.
Come, Khusro, let us go home
By: Rakhshanda Jalil
New life in Basti Nizamuddin.
AnalysisA return to secularism, almost
By: Haroon Habib
The passage of the 15th Amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution was supposed to mark a watershed for pro-secular forces in Bangladesh. So why is everyone so angry?
By: Javaid Rehman
Rule of law and the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
The democracy conundrum
By: Tenzing Sonam
The recent attempts to devolve the Dalai Lama’s political responsibilities have highlighted just how difficult – and critical – such reforms are for the Tibetan exile community.
By: Kiran Nepal & Rameshwor Bohara
For a people practiced in political change, things in Nepal are not as bad as they seem.
By: Bela Bhatia
Naga elders remember 1957.
SouthasiasphereThe inescapability of Americanisation
By: C K L al
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
TapestryIn time of scarcity
By: Kannan Arunasalam
Those who chose to stay behind in Jaffna had to innovate to survive.
By: Sunita Akoijam
A Manipuri in Kathmandu.
Meghalaya, the resource frontier
By: Sanjay Barbora
Congealed blood in Kashmir
By: Deep Unnikrishnan
An accidental insider
By: Kannan Kasturi
InterviewBy citizenship, by nationality
Mesbah Kamal, secretary-general of the National Coalition for Indigenous People and a professor of history at the University of Dhaka, tells Saad Hammadi how state policy in Bangladesh refuses to recognise the country’s longstanding plurality. Newly proposed constitutional amendments, he warns, leave no grey area for the Adivasis of Bangladesh.
On the way upKeep it up!
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)