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PerspectiveMilitarisation and democratic rule in Nepal
Nepal's Maoists initiated the process of crippling the institutions of parliamentary democracy by giving primacy to military means over the political. Mainstream parties, unable to resist petty politicking, allowed themselves first to be bludgeoned into submission by Maoist violence and then reduced to irrelevance by autocratic strategems. If civil politics has to triumph, it is up to the political parties to marshal their energies and undertake a non-violent political movement against the current and evolving tendencies in the polity.
Crisis beyond legality
Will constitutional amendment provide for the social and political needs of the Nepali people and polity? Or a new constitution? And by what procedure?
EssayThe relentless tragedy of Ritwik
By: Partha Chatterjee
Nearly quarter of a century after his death, Ritwik Ghatak's films show the power of creativity of a people's artist who authored an Indian/South Asian language of cinema. If only we knew...
CommentaryBhutan: Dark Clouds Behind the Silver Lining?
River Linking: Victimising rivers of the south
The world village according to WTO
Softening the Line of Control
Sir Lanka: Playing to the Sinhala gallery
Assam: riparian unilateralism
By: Karin Heissler
Maldives: The politics of information control Dumbing down the atolls
Movie warsPashtoons and the Terrorist Film
By: Rahimullah Yusufzai
emThe success of the Pashtoon people in the martial arena has been offset by their defeat in the sphere of cultural representation. Just look at the new crop of Hindi films./em
LastPage"I have nothing but contempt for the covert agencies..."
Sajjad Lone became the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference after the assassination of his father Abdul Ghani Lone on 21 May 2002 in Srinagar. He is married to the daughter of Amanullah Khan, the head of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Lone's party is represented in the Executive Council of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC). Islamabad journalist Mohammad Shehzad talked to 36-year old Lone on the phone.
SouthasiasphereMacaulays Orphans: The rotten core in the middle
By: Prasenjit Chowdhury
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)