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CoverBetween tribe and country: The crisis of Balochistan
By: Massoud Ansari
Islamabad’s wilful inability to formulate a just and equitable relationship with Balochistan has led rising numbers of disaffected Baloch citizens to attempt a separation from Pakistan
Islamabad v Balochistan
By: Moeed Yusuf
Mainstreaming Balochistan within Pakistan will require Islamabad to begin to focus on the emerging Baloch middle class, for only then will the backward-looking and competitive sardari system be challenged.
“Ending the rule of Punjab, by Punjab and for Punjab” An interview with Sardar Ataullah Khan Mengal
A death foretold
By: Munizae Jahangir
For many Baloch, the turning point in the latest insurgency came on 26 August 2006, the day Nawab Akbar Bugti was assassinated.
EssayAffair with the back
By: Sumana Roy
A scholar’s view of the obsession with the woman’s back in Bollywood cinema. For the voyeuristic camera, the woman’s back is safe terrain
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportA thriving industry of Tamil extortion
By: Dilrukshi Handunnetti
Amidst kidnappings and ransom demands, Tamil businesses in Colombo are downing the shutters. It seems the government couldn’t care less.
The phantom disappearances of Manipur
By: Yumnam Rupachandra
Were 400 Manipuri villagers kidnapped and forced across the Burmese border or not?
AnalysisThe Dhaka regime’s messy surgery
With the two major political parties forcibly sidelined, who is left to fix a broken polity? The fact that the writer of this article is compelled to remain anonymous is perhaps indicative of the sudden democracy deficit in Dhaka.
Getting connected at the SAARC Summit
By: Sukumar Murlidharan
Between leveraging India and respecting the spirit of regionalism, the 14th SAARC Summit took place in Delhi on 3-4 April.
The ritual of the ballot
By: Samrat Sinha
All over Southasia, the beleaguered institution of the election commission may finally be getting the priority – if not the respect – that it deserves.
India and the upcoming Druk democracy
By: Wasbir Hussain
After revising its longstanding ‘friendship’ treaty with India, Bhutan is now ready to wield its own agency. How will it use it, and what will New Delhi think?
A year of loktantra
By: Liz Philipson
Nepal is currently undergoing three transformations – of peace, of democracy, and of identity. With the country’s highly anticipated elections to the Constituent Assembly now being put off until later this year, the political parties in Kathmandu need to use this time to ensure a truly inclusive process of transformation. Nepali citizens also need to internalise the fact that any such process will inherently be a drawn-out one.
OpinionAmnesty’s sticky wicket
By: Michael Roberts
The international watchdog’s attempt to use the Cricket World Cup to draw attention to Sri Lanka’s human-rights situation has backfired.
Photo FeatureAssam’s eternally displaced
By: P K Das, Kazu Ahmed
Time and a placeA common heritage of pain
By: Nivedita Singh
Memories of separation and loss live on in the ‘Bidesia’ genre of Bhojpuri cultural forms that have spread – and grown – across the globe.
SouthasiasphereThe new USSR
By: C K Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
Reflections17 March and the multiverse of loyalty
By: Garga Chatterjee
Ethnicity, state and the Cricket World Cup.
On the way upKabul as is and was
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”.
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Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)