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CoverNaxalbari and the continuous rebellion
By: Sumanta Banerjee
Both the Maoists and government of India must have learned enough lessons to finally sit together in dialogue. The government must now accept the ideological justification of the movement, and the Maoists must respect individual liberties and human rights.
Echoes of Naxalbari
In 1967, Naxalbari, a village at the northern edge of West Bengal, witnessed a peasant uprising that inspired similar movements across India. With the slogan Land to the Tiller!, the Naxalite movement attracted many urban youth inspired by the call for social justice. Adita Bhaduri recently spoke wit several political activists who, while having taken varying paths over the pat 40 years, say that their early activist experiences continue to resonate in their current undertakings.
Naxalite be not proud
By: Prashant Jha
Four decades after the Naxalbari uprising, much has been learned on both sides – of which terribly little has been acted upon. India’s Maoists must dare to act on the realisation that the gun is not a mobilisational tool. The Indian state must understand that a broad-brushed approach to what is truly a splintered, localised phenomenon will never deliver security, for either the national interest or local communities.
Chhattisgargh’s purification hunt
By: Shubhranshu Choudhary
The state’s Adivasis are being treated like marionettes, as political, corporate and state-security interests seek to gain access to their land.
The limits of violence
By: K Balagopal
The experience from Andhra Pradesh has shown, in sharp profile, all that violence is capable of achieving and taking away.
Conflict of narratives
Southasian BriefsTit bits from Southasian region
ReportOn the altar of foreign relations
By: Tenzin Choepel
The Kathmandu government is forcing the Tibetan-refugee population to remain in limbo
AnalysisDemocracy will not go back into the bottle
By: Beena Sarwar
Gen Musharraf appears to have won this round, but the people of Pakistan are sure to win the next. What has changed is that the judges are on the side of the people.
Towards a contentious reform
By: Sankar Ray
The proceedings at the recent 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China suggest that more reform is indeed on the way in the Middle Kingdom, though only within the rigid confines set forth by the party’s top leadership.
OpinionA tragic lapse of cognition
By: Aseem Shrivastava
Amartya Sen fails to notice the subsistence economy, and succumbs to the growth fetish
Time and a placeThe roving revolutionary
By: Om Thanvi
With the 40th anniversary of Che Guevara’s death just past, there has been a revival of interest in this iconic revolutionary.
SouthasiasphereThe Indonesiaisation of Indonesia
MediafileTidbits from the Southasian region
ReflectionsNot their own wars
By: Tashi Dhundup
As the Indian Army’s secretive Tibetan force celebrates its 45th birthday this year, Tibetan warriors in the Special Frontier Force commemorate more than four decades of fighting other people’s wars.
Special Report6th PANOS-HIMAL SOUTHASIAN ROUNDTABLE
ProfileThe rebel with the smile
By: Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
Editorial note: S P Thamilselvan, the 40-year-old leader of the political wing of the LTTE, was killed on 2 November 2007, adding another figure to the bitter separatist war that has claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. Upon international spokesman Anton Balasingham’s death in 2006, Thamilselvan, known for his skill at negotiation and public relations, became the contact point for Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, who rarely appears in public. In Prabhakaran’s stead, Thamilselvan became the affable face of the Tigers. There are perspectives on how a rebel with a hand in violent politics may be remembered when he is killed. We present here a perspective from Colombo, by an unabashed admirer.
BookshelfBooks in or for Southasia
On the way upThe test of Southasianess
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)