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CoverThe anger of Bangladesh’s non-elite
By: Afsan Chowdhury
Very little can shock Bangladeshis today and so they watch with bemusement the games among those who would rule. With Parliament never having been functional, the true meaning of ‘political democracy’ needs better explanation before the country’s poor will appreciate its inherent promises.
Inflation up, government down
By: Amer Ahmed
The survival of Bangladesh’s unelected interim government will be based largely on its stewardship of the country’s economy.
Testing time for Dhaka’s media
By: Asif Saleh
Bangladeshis have been looking to the press for leadership in a time of military rule, but the journalists have allowed themselves to be bullied by populism and cowed by fear of authority.
Secretly selling Biman
Caretakers, trust the public
The exile misadventure
By: Shameran Abed
Disbelief in Dhaka
By: Timothy Sowula
C = M + D – A
By: Mashuqur Rahman
Doing away with dynasties
By: Mridul Chowdhury
Politics as hard work
By: Lubna Marium
EssayDreaming without subtitles
By: Sumana Roy
‘Fusion music’ is a much-abused, little-understood term. But at least Amit Chaudhuri understands its inherent promise, as he presents the music of the early-21st-century urban Indian.
CommentaryKarachi’s and Pakistan’s tragedy
Good for party, bad for country
Mixed signals on a stable neighbourhood
Southasian BriefsTidbits from Southasian region
Report12 May: the bloodshed and watershed
By: Q Isa Daudpota
With his miscalculation over the sacking of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, General Musharraf may have hastened the end of his reign.
By: Pratap Somvanshi
Mayawati has turned India’s electoral politics on its head, and not many saw it coming. She now has her sights focused on the larger prize – prime minister of India.
The Vaan Puligal takes off
By: D.B.S. Jeyaraj
By demonstrating their air capability, the Tamil Tigers have succeeded in changing the dynamics in Sri Lanka’s conflict – momentarily, it seems.
A soundtrack for a foreign existence
By: Rahul Giri
For a new generation of Southasians, particularly those growing up in the diaspora, music plays an important role in adapting old traditions to new realities.
OpinionSouthasian mea culpa
By: Jawed Naqvi
Self-criticism came more readily to our forebears.
SightingAn ‘agent’ of Kashmir
Time and a placeMonsoon memories
By: Somnath Mukherji
SouthasiasphereRemember the farmer
MediafileTit bits from Southasian region
Special ReportRepatriation or resettlement, Resolving the Lhotshampa dilemma
By: Himali Dixit
The stagnating Lhotshampa refugee issue has suddenly seen movement in the form of the American government's promise to resettle more than half of the refugees. But what does this mean to the goal of repatriation to Bhutan? And is Thimpu being given an easy exit after the cruelty is has shown to the Lhotshampa? After initial bewilderment, most refugees seem to be opting for resettlement, hoping to keep the fight for repatriation alive in the diaspora.
Marking time in Kashmir’s beautiful prison
By: Riyaz Masroor
The ‘Pakistani line’ is finding favour in Kashmir, with the demand for demilitarisation and self governance blurring the divide in the Kashmiri polity between pro-India and anti-India camps
On the way upAtoll before the storm
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)