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CoverIndia realising Southasia
By: Kanak Mani Dixit
Finally, South Block seems enthusiastic about the region.
A win-win FTA
By: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Despite worries that the smaller country would get swamped, the India-Sri Lanka free trade agreement has been positive for both sides.
The Indo-Bangla SAARC puzzle
By: Imtiaz Ahmed
The several long-running issues in the relationship between Bangladesh and India can be resolved by acknowledging that bilateral relations have necessarily to be supplanted by the regional and multilateral.
India-Pakistan roadblocks to regional peace
By: Moeed Yusuf
India-Pakistan peace will energise Southasia as a whole. However, mere liberalisation of trade will not lead to bilateral normalcy. Its main benefits would accrue to India in the medium term
Book reviewsPolitics, aesthetics and a world of thought
By: Moyukh Chatterjee
A quick intake
By: Siddharth Anand
AbominablyIndia’s new regionalism
By: C Raja Mohan
The New Delhi establishment has finally accepted that the country’s border regions need to be dealt with on a connective rather than separative basis. That’s great timing, as it takes over SAARC leadership in April.
EssayThe Left Front and the rural bourgeoisie
By: Mritiunjoy Mohanty
The current situation in West Bengal’s Singur would not have been possible had not a positive agrarian transformation already taken place there. Despite the hubbub, this is not the human-rights issue that so many have claimed it to be.
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportThe shackling of community radio
By: Sukumar Muralidharan
While New Delhi coddles private-sector media, it stifles the public’s right to community radio, with broadcasting guidelines that make a mockery of intelligence
The wages of passivity
By: Dilrukshi Handunnetti
Sri Lanka’s Muslims have long kept quiet while Tamil militancy has made its own demands. Now they are becoming restive, fearing that silence may have cost them too much.
AnalysisPseudo-innovation in Dhaka
By: Asif Saleh
Can an unelected, military-backed government be just what Bangladesh needs? Many hope so
The Bagmati’s final sealing
By: Darryl D'monte
The middle section of the Bagmati River in Bihar is too unstable for embanking, but the Patna government is attempting to push through an INR 8 billion project to do just that.
OpinionRocks under the tide of nationalism
By: Surendra Mohan
As Nepal’s transition back to peace and democracy turns turbulent, there are lessons to be learned from others’ experience in the neighbourhood
Parzania and the dictator of Gujarat
By: Urvish Kothari
Who was responsible for the ban on the release of Parzania in Gujarat? Apparently nobody.
The Ganderbal exhumations
By: Patrick Hoenig
Photo FeatureMoving on from a cataclysm
By: Pankaj Sekhsaria
SouthasiasphereThe oligarchy of filmi deviousness
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
ReflectionsStudies in the psychopathology of culture
By: Ted Ricardi
The art of Nepal – a belated, blunt and sometimes obscene review of books on the subject.
Special ReportHuman-rights commissions
Conference on transitional justice in Southasia 23-25 January, Kathmandu Hosted by Himal Southasian and the International Center for Transitional Justice
On the way upA Southasian umbrella university
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)