Table of Contents
CoverPakistan after Osama
By: Pervez Hoodbhoy
The killing of Osama bin Laden could provide Pakistan an opportunity to reverse its downward slide, though changing course will not be easy. The country must decide whether to decisively confront Islamist violence, or continue with the military’s current policy of supporting jihadi militants with one hand even as it slaps them with the other.
Army, America & Allah
By: Ayesha Siddiqa
Pakistan is less and less likely to listen to the US on the ‘war on terror’.
What really happened?
By: Urooj Zia
Investigating Abbottabad by phone.
By: Jawed Naqvi
The unilateralism of the US raid on Abbottabad has introduced a whole new spectre in the India-Pakistan relationship. For now, however, New Delhi appears to have pulled back.
By: Aunohita Mojumdar
The death of bin Laden had little impact in Afghanistan, though many worry it will hasten the departure of the international security forces.
The irrelevance of Osama
By: Kai Bird
How could a man whose ideology represented the past have a future?
Sunshine, rainbows and butterflies
By: Maila Times
World looks good, say analysts.
BriefsRoundup of regional news
CommentaryAfghanistan/India: New Delhi’s scratched lens
Nepal: Five-year distress
Region: Bandh against bandhs
ReportNeither safe nor voluntary
By: Sandy Barron
Why is Thailand seemingly keen to force refugees from Burma to return home?
Linkages in marginalisation
By: Sarojini N and Ishita Sharma
The dismal health status of adolescent girls is part of a larger set of problems faced by Adivasi communities.
By: Priyanka Borpujari
Earlier, what went on in the jungle remained in the jungle. But no longer.
By: Xari Jalil
Unorganised labour in Pakistan remains completely outside the purview of the law.
The new myths of Yakshagana
By: Deepa Bhasthi
In Karnataka, a thriving ancient theatre form.
AnalysisSlap in the face
By: Kunda Dixit
In the run-up to the new constitution-writing deadline, an opinion pollshowed that the Nepali people are frustrated with their politicians, but not with the democratic process.
Our man in Tehran
By: Tisaranee Gunasekara
Shunned by the West, Mahinda Rajapakse has found an uncritical ally in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
OpinionOne lies, the other believes
By: Devendra Bhatarai
It’s time for Nepal to call it quits on the farce that is diplomatic talks over the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.
By: Andrea R Jain
Sai Baba and the ethical status of gurus.
Time and a placeNepal’s last colony
By: Mark Govier
To its credit, the government of Nepal has run a leprosarium for a century and a half. It should keep the place open.
By: C K Lal
MediafileTidbits of the region's media
By: Chhetria Patrakar
TapestryNights of song and fulfilment
By: Vipul Rikhi
Intense waves of heat by day and the cool breeze of song by night. The Kabir yatra took place in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh in mid-April.
By: Amruta Patil
Musings on sedition.
Naming the teardrop
By: Richard Boyle
So many designations for one small island…
Citizenship and public spaces
By: Laxmi Murthy
A book of pictures but no conversations
By: Jerry Pinto
InterviewIn defence of Dr Grek
On the way upAbbottabad, Osamabad
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)