Table of Contents
CoverWhy Pakistan is not a nation
By: Pervez Hoodbhoy
And how it could become one.
The question of Balochistan
By: Urooj Zia
Despite apologies on behalf of the Pakistani state to Balochistan for its past marginalisation, little has changed on the ground.
What are we to celebrate?
By: Qalandar Bux Memon
Subduing the control freak
By: Fahd Husain
Further along Pakistan´s never-ending democratic transition
Fire and the federation
By: Syed Talat Hussain
Pakistan’s ethnic groups have developed enough stakes in the country to prevent it from splintering.
BriefsRound-up of regional news
EssayA republican agenda
By: Shashank Kela
If democracy in India is to survive, it must move away from the paternalism of its founders.
CommentaryREGION: Nations and states
REGION: Ceding Afghanistan
'And never the twain'
NEPAL: The Maoist-non-Maoist polarisation
ReportAn inevitable disaster
By: Hermann Kreutzmann
The landslide-caused glacial lake in the Hunza Valley has put the Pakistani authorities on an emergency footing, but this catastrophe had been predicted for years.
By: Bidushi Dhungel
A week-long general strike called by Nepal’s Maoists was significant in its control and composure, but was called off before it could deliver the planned results – the fall of the Madhav Kumar Nepal government.
AnalysisA profitable education
By: Sadhna Saxena
While India’s new Right to Education Act seeks to bring free and compulsory education for all children, it seems to short-change them through an unrealistic vision of the private sector’s involvement.
OpinionKacha Garhi to the Kensington Oval
By: Mujib Mashal
Being forced to choose between supporting the Indian or Pakistani team is now a thing of the past for cricket-crazy Afghans.
SightingPreserving the 'little bastards'
By: Richard Boyle
A first lot of Sri Lanka’s documentary-film heritage has been saved in the nick of time. /em
Time and a placeA fatal intersection
By: Liyanage Amarakeerthi
Three small shops in northwestern Sri Lanka no longer exist./em
By: C K Lal
emEven if the dish is small, Give away one cup, or half, To whoever asks. Happiness isn’t in short supply. – Shailesh Bohare ‘Sanjariya’ in Bantane se mithata hai sukh/em
MediafileTidbits from the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
ReflectionsThe Road to Brazil
By: Roman Gautam
Building on mutual trade interests between India and Brazil may depend on both economic realities and cultural whimsy.
ReviewMelting-pot constituencies : 'Karachiwala : A subcontinent within a city' by Rumana Husain
By: Beena Sarwar
Beyond two dimensions : 'Strange Maps : An atlas of cartographic curiosities' by Frank Jacobs
By: Anne Feenstra
Representing Pakistan to the world : 'Quiet Diplomacy : Memoirs of an ambassador of Pakistan' by Jamsheed Marker
By: Khaled Ahmed
By: Deepika Arwind
Front Cover Panel 1Pakistan, a nation?
Pakistans local and regional aspirations will need to be recognised in a 'nations within nations' formula -- and the question is how successful Pakistan will be, given that the country is still a work in progress? The articles in this issue reflect the possibility of a multi-faceted formula. The hope is that Pakistan overcomes its existential angst before too long, because Pakistani stability and self-confidence would do wonders to the idea of Southasia.
ProfileA high, late honour
By: Jessica Mudditt
Syed Yusuf Hasan, a renowned Urdu-language scholar, finally gets his due in Bangladesh./em
InterviewRaja Devasish Roy
By: Hana Shams Ahmed
Southasian ClassifiedsActionAid Pakistan Vacancy announcement
By: Ed Douglas
Front RightpanelBursting bloated bladders of lies and pomposity
The political cartoons of Abu Abraham during the Era of Indra Gandhi and dark months of The Emergency (June 1975 - March 1977)
On the way upSad metropolis
By: Kanak Mani Dixit
End of the River?
Photographs and text by Amar Guriro
Photographs and text by Amar Guriro
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)