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CoverIndo-Pakistan Cross Fertilisation
By: Beena Sarwar
The Indo-Pakistan feud keeps South Asia apart, but a criss-crossing media is rapidly bridging the subcontinental gap. When told that the Indo-Gangetic plain was the same all the way from Peshawar to Calcutta, they found that incredible.
How 'Big' Is Big Brother?
By: Subir Bhaumik
In regional affairs, India must act with the magnanimity that its overpowering presence demands. .
SAARC at Crossroads
By: S.D. Muni
Pakistan need not fear subregionalism. It can join the effort to usher in a new era of South Asian cooperation.
By: Abdul Hameed Chapra
South Asia Means Business
By: Bibek Debroy
South Asian governments should lift trade barriers, get out of the way, and let markets grow smoothly.
Nothing Official About It
By: Iftekhar Zaman
It is too early to know the full extent, but non-official initiatives within and without the SAARC organisation are slowly but surely helping change attitudes, and deliver a different kind of South Asia.
SAARC Starts To Get Serious
SAARC has had the thankless task of bringing together countries that are quite disparate in size, economic scale and geopolitical clout, and to give them a sense unity and direction. Since its birth more than a decade ago, the organisation has been compared to other regional groupings such as ASEAN and the European Community and found to be wanting. South Asians have enjoyed lampooning their own organisation for its impotence and ineffectiveness, little realising that in doing so they are merely laughing at themselves.
No Censorship Having come across the commentary "On His Holiness´ Secret Service" in your Jan/ Feb 1997 issue, we believe we owe you an explanation. In your article you have mentioned that "Tibetan sleuths swooped on the stall and demanded that Himal be withdrawn from sale" during the last Kalachakra teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Salugara.
FeatureThe Public and the Patwari
By: Bunker Roy
While all of India is talking of corruption and chargesheets at the highest echelons of national and state governments, an initiative gathers steam in a corner of Rajasthan to demand and secure transparency of development works at the village level.
Microcredit Under The Microscope
By: Kavaljit Singh, Nan Dawkins-Scully and Daphne Wysham
Wanted: microlenders who empower the poor rather than maintain them on the treadmill of debt.
By: Prabhu Ghate
A microcredit summit in the United States had a monochromatic view of poverty and ways to alleviate it.
CommentaryHello, Mr. Gujral...
Goodbye, Mr. Kesri
Talking courtship to court
Test of the treaty
By: Ajaya Dixit
Buddhism on the Mainland
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
AnalysisTravellers and Neo-Orientalism: The twain still don't meet
By: Sigrun Eide Odegaard
I asked him where he was going. He shook his head; his hair danced. "Just"—he raised his eyes and said with drama—"travelling."—Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar, 1975
OpinionToo Little, Too Limited, Too Late
By: Imtiaz Ahmed
The demands of the Chittagong Hill Tract activists is nothing more than politics as usual. The kind of change that would do them good, however, would change the face of all Bangladesh.
"The New Calcutta", proclaimed the 31 March Newsweek on its cover, adding that "The World´s Worst City Has Cleaned Up Its Act". However, the editors failed to provide any proof by way of picture inside. The article by Sudip Mazumdar in the Pacific edition, all of one full page in terms of text (divided over three pages) seems to have made the cover only as a token gesture to South Asian readers. The original American edition, meanwhile, probably featured on the cover the more fully reported article "Is God Listening?". When will the editor sahibs over at 57th Street begin to see the light and stop throwing morsels at us?
ReviewThe Green Shift
By: Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
Environmental Politics People´s Lives and Developmental Choices by Sumi Krishna Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1996 INR 350
Orthodox Shangrila vs. Perverse Realism
By: Sanjeev Prakash
Tibet: The Road Ahead by Dawa Norbu Harper Collins Publishers India, New Delhi, 1997 INR 395, pp 378, ISBN 81 7223 238 1
ProfileA President Who Set Precedents
By: Jalat Kamal
Interview"Before, there was too little work. Now there is too much."
SAARC Secretary General Naeem U Hasan assumed office on I January 1996, and has presided over a period when the organisation seems to have, at long last, picked up some steam. He spoke to Himal South Asia amidst preparations for the Male summit, 9-11 May.
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)