Table of Contents
By: Paromita Vohra
Peace and friendship are not about loving those just like us.
Hate thy neighbour, hug thy enemy
By: I A Rehman
Hardly good advice for any political relationship that has the people at its heart.
inchme and pinchme
By: allan sealy
part of a narrative poem that starts in fatehpur sikri and ends on the pakistan border
Alternative to the Westphalian rashtra
By: Navnita Chadha Behera
How can the discipline of international relations in Southasia be real when its premises are European?
The ragged backdrop
By: Ghazi Salahuddin
Partition memories are slipping away even as the intelligence agencies continue to do what they do.
Counting the people
By: Haris Gazdar
Sindh and Punjab first have to become part of Pakistan, before they join Southasia.
The wait for the statesman
By: Dinesh Mishra
We have been torn apart by borders, but remain the same people.
No common wealth
By: Peter J Karthak
Why is Kuldip Nayar looking so sad and aghast at the Wagah border?
Not by vision alone
By: Shamshad Ahmad
SAARC must move from declaration to implementation, and the impulse must be homegrown.
The stranded cyclist
By: Jawed Naqvi
Real regional connectivity will come about when the unofficial cyclist beats the official motorcade across the border.
Rise of the nuovo-rajas
By: Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
The Southasian countries are united in their neglect of governance and exploitation of the electorate by the politician.
A release from majoritarianism and multiculturalism
By: Vasuki Nesiah
Claiming a regional identity cannot be based on emphasising our collective history, but rather on the struggle for justice and political possibility.
The colour of fringe histories
By: Sanjay Barbora
What is today India’s Northeast is much more than what the SAARC mindset would allow it to be.
Victims to perpetrators
By: Suhas Chakma
The excluded eventually become the perpetrators of further exclusion; so it goes.
By: Sadanand Menon
The Southasia paradigm is the agenda of the regional bourgeois taking advantage of the collective impotence of failed governance.
Uniting the monsoon lands
By: B G Verghese
Divided we squabble.
The charm and logic of connectivity
By: C Raja Mohan
Regionalism´s success will largely depend on the infrastructure that connects the east to the west, the north to the south.
By: Sevanti Ninan
Media organisations can do the most for regional cooperation – from a visa-for-all campaign, to rebroadcasting of teleserials from across the borders.
The organic identity
By: Dilip Simeon
Hate is a form of stunted love, created by enforced affinity.
Towards a New World Symphony
By: Nihal Rodrigo
The infrastructure is already in place, now SAARC must move to collaborate with China, East Asia and the West.
Someone else's weapons
By: Zia Mian
A nuclear-weapons-free Southasia must be championed by the smaller countries.
By: Vinod Mehta
Do we shun regional integration just because some Indians see no benefit from it?
India-A and India-B
By: Sukumar Muralidharan
Can SAARC afford the pretensions of this unwelcome ninth member?
Hope amidst indifference
By: Chandni Joshi
Gender issues in Southasia remain a complex mixture of contradictions leading to opportunities.
The learning curve
By: Surendra Mohan
As the Republic of Nepal federalises and democratises, it must learn from the wrong turns taken by the neighbours, so as to evolve as an example for everyone else.
The people's eye
By: Aruna Roy
Democracies in Southasia will function correctly only with proper public oversight. In this, there is much to learn from the Indian experience.
A Southasian Charter of Human Rights
By: Neera Chandhoke
Only the enforcement of the principles of fundamental freedoms will see Southasia through.
By: Bibek Debroy
Trade and commerce will flourish, and poverty will be reduced if the neighbours selectively link themselves to India’s growth engine.
Lighting us up
By: Bikash Pandey
A regional framework would be ineffectual in the absence of comprehensive national energy policies.
A new belonging
By: Amrita Shah
Youthful creativity will succeed yet in fighting nationalist chauvinism.
By: Rohan Samarajiva
Why is it costlier to call next door than to call overseas?
Democratic enlightenment and cultural production
By: Partha Chatterjee
Given the dominance of India, shared regional consciousness will emerge not through political agreements, but through collective, non-official, cultural efforts.
Manmohan's vision: Exclusive interview with the Prime Minister of India
As India gets ready to hand over its chairmanship of SAARC, Himal’s editors asked Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, about his understanding of regionalism. In his written response to this set of ten questions, Prime Minister Singh recommends jettisoning “the mindsets of the past”.
An existential matter
By: Kanak Mani Dixit
The future of pan-regionalism is through a strengthening of the sub-national regions.
A more harmonious clash
By: Siddiq Wahid
A Southasian concept of 'Southasia' would accommodate all the differences running through the region.
The boy in Gaforgaon
By: Shahidul Alam
It was September 1988, and we had had the worst floods in a century. These people at Gaforgaon had not eaten for three days. A torn sari strung across the beams of an abandoned warehouse created the only semblance of a shelter. Their homes had been washed away. Family members had died. Yet the children had surrounded me. They wanted a picture.
Drop by some time...
By: Farjad Nabi
Who are these Pakistanis always saying ´adaab´ in films out of Bombay?
No more talk fests
By: Sushil Khanna
Only strong economic ties that move goods and people across borders can provide the basis for forging a regional alliance.
A postcolonial solidarity, finally
By: Jayadeva Uyangoda
The People’s SAARC initiative must focus on developing modern linkages that are not based on nation-statism.
Policy of happiness
By: Kinley Dorji
Bhutan's innovation is vesting the government with responsibility for the peopleâ€™s frame of mind.
Locating the social capital
By: Sanjib Baruah
We must have integration, but it must be for the upliftment of the marginalised.
Economy and identity
By: Faisal Bari
Common markets can encourage the free flow of goods and services, capital and tourists, labour and ideas.
By: Mukul Kesavan
The export of India's pluralist democracy is the best path towards productive regionalism.
By: A S Panneerselvan
The struggles in South India to end caste discrimination hold many lessons for the rest of the region.
By: Chandra Bhan Prasad
Why does caste not figure in the SAARC Charter?
The reality of proximity (or not)
By: Zafar Sobhan
'Yes' to regional thinking. But does SAARC have the strength to carry the weight?
By: Anmole Prasad
Geography that binds
By: Khalid Ansari and Sangeeta Lama
A common past is nowhere near as important as that which lies ahead.
Traditional SAARC, modern Southasia
By: Saman Kelegama
There is a tremendous amount of important work taking place outside of the official SAARC process.
Prosperity in aligned solidarity
By: Kul Chandra Gautam
Southasian countries have a difficult time putting up a unified front at any level.
Asha or Lata?
By: Amitava Kumar
Finding Southasia between narrow nationalism and faceless regionalism.
The tautology of cultural collaboration
By: Abhi Subedi
SAARC needs to forget about promoting cultural exchanges; such exchanges have always been taking place.
By: Tenzing Sonam
The long-term survival of the Tibetan nation could well rest with its Subcontinental neighbours.
By: Jennifer Latheef
The Maldives is at risk of being swamped by Bollywood and extreme Islam, even as it reels under a dictatorial regime.
Identity vs identification
By: Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Inherent identity is significantly less important than our chosen identity.
The road from Kabul to Kathmandu
By: Shahir A Zahine
A journey that would teach us a lot about harmony and co-existence.
Two hands to clap
By: Mark Tully
But one hand must be India´s.
Lessons from the EU
By: Muttukrishna Sarvananthan
That politics takes precedence to economics makes SAARC a sad effort.
The profanity of sameness
By: Sankarshan Thakur
Each of us is guilty of Orientalist visions.
By: Antara Dev Sen
Out of pluralism and a desire to know each other, thus far we have the former in plenty. Let us be seduced by culture, respecting and utilising our pluralism of identities and tongues.
Children of '65
By: Vijay Prashad
The Southasian-American emerged as a consequence of racialism.
By: John Samuel
The new Southasia will not emerge without daring to dream.
Between South and Central Asia
By: Aunohita Mojumdar
SAARC aside, Afghans themselves are wrestling with what it means to be Southasian.
Between rhetoric and reality
By: Mahendra P Lama
There may be hope if national prestige is linked to SAARC projects.
Six shared seasons
By: Kaiser Haq
Live the present
By: Pushpesh Pant
The Southasian heart versus the Southasian head.
Can art be called Islamic?
By: A R Nagori
Sausages on curfew break
By: Naeem Mohaiemen
By: Sanjeev Jain
The unwell of our region face rising costs and an acute absence of civic involvement in health care.
Big Brother statism
By: Dolly Kikon
Universities are regrettably complicit in SAARC’s state-centrism.
my teacher talks of a sri lankan english
By: Nalaka Gunawardene
Regional broadcasting is an enticing idea, but the babus’ SAVE initiative was and remains worthless.
By: Sudharshan Seneviratne
A liberal education that promotes inter-culturalism rather than multiculturalism – that’s the way out of fundamentalism
By: Samrat Upadhyay
A Nepali from Nepal has every right to enjoy misti doi.
Barriers big and small
By: Graham Shaw
A standard must be sought to bring about ‘documentation equality’ among the national archives of the Subcontinent.
AbominablyThe emergent peoplehood of Southasia
By: B P Giri
The move towards a regional ‘crossborder society’ is well underway, as we encounter the daily assault of news about cricket matches, political assassinations, natural disasters and the shenanigans of the rich and famous. Besieged by such phenomena, we look around only to find that we are the same people.
EssayThe emergent peoplehood of Southasia
em style=The move towards a regional ‘crossborder society’ is well underway, as we encounter the daily assault of news about cricket matches, political assassinations, natural disasters and the shenanigans of the rich and famous. Besieged by such phenomena, we look around only to find that we are the same people. /em
CommentarySouthasia's open moment
By: Prashant Jha
In New Delhi, South Block´s new neighbourhood policy is opposed by the ´Southasia sceptics´. The neighbours could help themselves by bringing down their own mental barriers about New Delhi´s intentions.
ReportRenewed Kashmiri tinderbox
By: Riyaz Masroor
The June agitation in the Kashmir Valley was about much more than 99 acres of land.
By: Ella Rolfe
Despite their obvious geopolitical differences, does Nepal have anything to learn from India in its treatment of Tibetan refugees?
SightingGames of self-respect: A colony at the Olympics
By: Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta
India’s entry into the Olympic games, during the early 1920s, was as much an assertion of nationalistic pride as anything else.
SouthasiasphereA Napoleonic bahadur
By: C K Lal
By: Kunda Dixit
Regional television (almost) on demand
By: Sevanti Ninan
Watching television on the Internet has its pluses and minuses. It can never rival a good television set, but a good television portal on the web is one situation in which the advantages outweigh the drawbacks.
Girls in the shadow
By: Vijay Prashad
So long as young, Southasian, English-language authors follow the beaten path of the Rushdian baroque ‘magical realism’, critics will celebrate them. When they depart from this road of tropical hallucination, however, they are often given short shrift. This is what makes the young author present works that will be easily digested by the critics, even while the average reader is forced to plough through style over substance.
Despite parliamentary democracy
By: S Anand
In 1952, having resigned from Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet as law minister, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar contested in the first general elections in independent India from the Bombay City North constituency, a double-member constituency that was required to return both a general and a Scheduled Caste candidate. He lost to a Congress candidate, Narayan Sadoba Kajrolkar, who had earlier been Ambedkar’s personal assistant. The Congress had been able to prove that a nonentity could humble the mighty leader.
Southasian Classifiedsscholars without Borders
On the way upForm vs content
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)