Table of Contents
CoverIn the shades of grey
By: An ETT Soldier
Amidst the conflict and chaos, one US soldier sees hope in Afghanistan.
By: Ahmed Dawi
The only ones that seem convinced of the efficacy of international aid to Afghanistan are the aid agencies themselves.
By: Manzoor Ali
By using illegal FM radio broadcasts, militants in Pakistan are gaining the stature of a parallel government, yet with no credibility.
The establishment of a Taliban emirate
By: Kamran Arif
Under the terms of the ‘peace deal’ in PATA, the militants have gained everything and the government nothing.
The Taliban primer
By: Rahimullah Yusufzai
Who is Baitullah Mahsud?
By: Aunohita Mojumdar
A date for presidential elections has finally been agreed upon, but little else about the country’s near future is clear.
EssayViolence as nation-building
By: Aziz Hakimi
The issue is not who should rule Afghanistan, but rather how. And the answer is devolution of power and local governance under a constitution that can be owned by all.
CommentaryRelease of the Pashtun knot (Region)
Locked in their nation-state dogmas, will the citizens of Southasia be able to control the cancerous spread of violence from the Pashtun region?
Seculations abound yet certainty falters in anticipation of the Indian election miracle.
Rohingya, not Bengali (Burma)
From national disgrace to regional shame. ASEAN leaders have to take responsibility of the problem.
'Death not foretold'
What this used to be to those who still are.
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
VoicesOpinions from the region
Palaces on sewage
By: Peerzada Arshad Hamid
As environmental concerns take centre stage, the traditional houseboats of the Kashmir Valley may be forced to stop plying the lakes.
Balochistan breaking point?
By: Yasir Babbar
With the Zardari government evidently breaking two critical promises for resolving the Balochistan conflict, the people of the province seem to have finally accepted that Islamabad will not be their solution.
AnalysisOver to the lok
By: Pratap Somvanshi
The predictions have begun on the outcome of the world’s biggest elections and four women seem to hold the key.
By: Prashant Jha
As Nepal’s ‘season of discontent’ rolls up, the building political acrimony is set to derail its peace process.
By: Larry Jagan
The generals are keeping a wrap on the election plans, as a way to force the results overwhelmingly in their favour.
Photo FeatureWed in Kabul
Time and a placeCamping in Kabul
By: Michael Obert
Hippies, Russians, the Taliban – Afghanistan has always had a little something for everyone. Now a land in crisis is getting reacquainted with tourists.
SouthasiasphereThe hopelessness of things
By: CK Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
ReflectionsRehman Baba's kin
By: Sahar Ali
Being Pashtun does not have to mean being Taliban, a writer finds in faraway Karachi.
By: Prashant Jha
Rural Dalit ghetto: 'Khairlanji' by Anand Teltumbde
By: Vijay Prashad
Special ReportKeeping devolution alive
By: Laxmi Murthy & Kanak Mani Dixit
It is clear that without power-sharing and the recognition of the rights of all communities, Rajapkse´s regime will only further alienate Sri Lanka’s minorities.
InterviewThe collapse and after
How has the LTTE come to this current point of near defeat?
On the way upPL-480 and the infidel weed
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)