Himal Southasian

From Himal Southasian Un-learning from Southasia: Will Aung San Suu Kyi help Burma rise above the region’s dismal record on ethnic issues? A Rohingya child at a camp in Kutupalong, Burma. The Rohingyas’ plight highlights the many challenges to building an ethnically inclusive Burmese state. Photo: flickr / FAMSI [Eds: This piece continues from the
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From Himal Southasian 2012 As the applause for her singular democratic struggle subsides, Aung San Suu Kyi will have to tackle the challenge of defining a viable nation-state while responding to the multiple assertions of identity and autonomy within Burma. A mural of Aung San Suu Kyi in Brighton, UK. Photo: duncan, flickr As Aung
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From Himal Southasian (July 2011) If Southasian-ness is a sensibility, then anyone can be a Southasian. The requirement is having respect for the history of the Subcontinent and empathy for its people. You can be a native or a non-native. Of course it helps to be born in any one of the countries of the
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From Himal Southasian (June 2011) Poor Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, now notorious as the last hiding place of Osama bin Laden. It is harder for me to imagine that this person, so intently watching his own past exploits on video with the help of a remote control, was managing a world network of terror at
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From Himal Southasia (March 2011) It is an uphill battle, frankly, to create a Southasian sensibility in the modern era. And so it is important to relish small victories, and bring them to notice. Otherwise, the little tree will have fallen in the jungle and no one will have heard. Aamir in search of Dakshin Asia,
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From Himal Southasian (February 2011 Issue) Just when one thought one knew a little bit about everything, one realises there are some things one knows nothing at all about. Recently, one such revelation caught up with me on a visit to Inle Lake in central Burma, where I discovered the use of the thigh and
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From Himal Southasian (February 2011 Issue) Can a formal bilateral communiqué be a ‘game changer’, foretell a ‘paradigm shift’, in a Southasian relationship? If India and Bangladesh manage to follow through on promises to open up their economies for transit and trade as set out in a memorandum of January 2010, a new era could
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