Table of Contents
CoverTigers in decline
By remaining firmly within a conventional military mindset, the LTTE may have missed – for good – an opportunity to make substantive political gains.
The lost battles of Khara and Pili
By: Sam Cowan
Despite the importance of the clashes at Khara and Pili in turning the trends of Nepal’s decade-long war, both sides have worked to bury the memory of these battles.
The reconstitution of al-Qaeda:Losing Afghanistan and western Pakistan
By: Ahmed Rashid
The blame is widespread, even as the results, thus far, are very clear.
The riot of red flags
By: Ajai Sahni
The strategies and tactics of the Naxalites are there for all to see, but the Indian establishment is yet to understand this agenda of ‘protracted warfare’.
The revolutionary patriarchs
By: Sarbani Bandyopadhyay
An emancipatory politics cannot liberate unless it confronts the patriarchy within.
Southasian urban suspicion
By: CK Lal
The reasons behind Southasia’s current lack of an ‘international’ city can be traced back through millennia of popular distrust of urban settlement.
'To break a stone, you must use a hammer': Thuingaleng Muivah
Thuingaleng Muivah, 73, the general secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) , recently in Delhi, spoke with Kekhrie Yhome to reminisce about his war experiences and current hopes.strong /strong
EssaySocial capital amidst extremism and mediocrity
By: Imtiaz Ahmed
Bangladeshi academics must reach out to combat rising violence and intolerance – or are they part of the problem?
CommentaryCoalition dharma [REGION]
A Small Village [ART]
By: Rahul Bedi
The advisers regime [BANGLADESH]
Doha goes round and around [REGION]
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportIs there such a thing as a modern Southasian?
By: Anadi Pawan Chhetri
Wait without end
By: Tanveen Kawoosa
Whose remains lie in the thousands of unmarked graves across Kashmir?
No habeas corpus
By: Ingrid Massage
The frustration of and with activism on disappearances in Southasia.
The Red Guard of Nepal
By: Harald Olav Skar
The Young Communist League of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) is a paramilitary organisation, and one that follows the history of such groups elsewhere. But how will it evolve as the ‘mother’ party seeks to demilitarise?
By: N Gunasekaran
Even as India struggles with the issues of federalism, forces of globalisation are making matters more complex.
Murderous identities and population paranoia
By: Mohan Rao
Issues of population, backed by misleading and incorrect use of data, have surfaced as powerful tools in the service of modern-day fundamentalisms.
OpinionPakistan's westward drift
By: Pervez Hoodbhoy
SightingA century and a half since the neem tree
By: Sankar Ray
Can the Calcutta Stock Exchange revive and relive its glory days?
Photo FeatureKawthoolei: The Karens long wait
By: C.K Lal
By: Surabhi Pudasaini
The liberation theologists of the Hindu past
By: Balmurli Natrajan
The retribalisation of Pakistan
By: Khaled Ahmed
InterviewThe Maobaadi prime minister
On 15 August, more than four months after the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) emerged far ahead of the other parties in elections to the Constituent Assembly, the longtime Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal (aka ‘Prachanda’) was overwhelmingly voted in by his colleagues to become the first prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
BookshelfThe latest from the world of publication
On the way upAt the immigration line
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)