Table of Contents
CoverWatching films blindfolded
By: Lawrence Liang
A long and difficult relationship between the law and images is the necessary backdrop to examining the Indian courts’ censorship of film.
Chopsticks in Manipur
By: Sunita Akoijam
The move to ban Hindi films and serials in Manipur has had an unexpected consequence: the Koreans have moved in.
Creating an audience from the void
By: Aunohita Mojumdar
After decades of upheaval, Afghanistan today finds itself unable to remember its cultural past.
Zia's long reach
By: Quddus Mirza
The Pakistani state no longer forces the country’s artists to comply with stringent political or moral diktats – but it doesn’t have to.
The pleasures and politics of pornography
By: Shohini Ghosh
No longer a dark and sleazy secret, pornography demands an examination of the contradictions between our sexual lives and yearnings.
By: Mallika Aryal
The censor boards of India, Nepal and Bangladesh remain more powerful than they should be.
By: Wangpo Tethong
Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been in prison awaiting trial for the past year and a half, due to 25 minutes of conversation with Tibetans about the Chinese.
FeaturesArun III, Nepals Reluctant Narmada
By: Dubby Bhagat
EssayThe stakes of the margin
By: Akhil Katyal
The Delhi High Court’s path-breaking ruling on ‘Section 377’ accepts sexual orientation as a clear criterion for classifying people. There are, however, stakes involved in this victory.
CommentaryConvenience as truth (Region)
Memories and dreams (India/Pakistan)
Sikkim's state subjects (India)
'Liminal listener' (Art)
Southasian BriefsRound-up of regional news
ReportFlush funds and family games in the Maldive Islands
By: Thingnam Anjulika Samom
The local photographer who captured damning evidence of a fake encounter in Imphal chose not to publish his photographs in the Manipur press. Why?
Good times in the outer orbit
By: Kunda Dixit
Both Bhutan and the Maldives constitute Southasia’s most interesting democratic experiments at the moment; and both seem to have hit on a formula to deal with India as a lucrative way to keep their boats afloat.
A flawed democratic exercise
By: Aunohita Mojumdar
Defying the ban from the Taliban, the Afghan people came out to vote amidst tight security. But it might be too early to celebrate the victory of democracy.
By: Tisaranee Gunasekara
In Sri Lanka, the rule of law has been replaced by the law of the rulers.
By: A Angelo D'Silva
The simple question of where the Buddha was born has highlighted the kinks in the relationship between Nepal’s media advocates, filmmakers, censors and government.
SightingReturning to the broken palmyrah
By: Ahilan Kadirgamar
Twenty years after the assassination of human-rights activist Rajani Thiranagama, her prophetic words could inspire a new generation of activists in Sri Lanka.
Photo FeatureIn the agar
By: Pattabi Raman
SouthasiasphereThe lingua franca of the heart
By: C K Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
ReflectionsSita's daughters and manufactured truth
By: Milind Wani
Defenders of an open society can do better than to focus on Sach Ka Saamna.
ReviewMarginalised kingpins: 'Between Democracy and Nation' by Seema Kazi
By: Aditi Bhaduri
Worse than the disease
By: Uma Mahadevan-Dasgupta
Twenty years of the most infamous literary fatwa.
By: Iqbal Khattak
The death of the head of the Taliban in Pakistan appears to have confused the insurgency as much as it has the rest of the world.
On the way upDelhi, old and new
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)