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Seeding the future Seeding the future

By Smriti Mallapaty

The use of modern seeds stands to erode the genetic diversity of local seed varieties in Nepal

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Cinema as politics, politics as cinema Cinema as politics, politics as cinema

By N Manohar Reddy

A new book on Telugu film shows that the cultural industry was tied up with caste and regional politic...

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Afghan war rugs Afghan war rugs

By Nigel Lendon

Traditional rug-making techniques meet contemporary political imagery

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People & Politics

What happens next? What happens next?

By Barbara Stapleton

Weighing the significance of the Bilateral Security Agreement for Afghanistan.

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Afghan youth: challenges to development Afghan youth: challenges to development

By Srinjoy Bose

To reap the benefits of a demographic dividend, one must first appreciate the development challenges c...

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25 Years of Archives

  • Nepal to receive results-based carbon funding Photo: Smriti Mallapaty

    Nepal to receive results-based carbon funding

    At the ninth meeting of Carbon Fund, Nepal was selected as one of four countries best suited for a results-based payment system under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme. Other countries selected include Ghana, Mexico and Democratic Republic of Congo.

    From our Archive:

    Smriti Mallapaty on the complications within Nepal’s largely successful model for forest conservation. (August 2013)

    Mahendra Shrestha looks at the pressures on forests around the Kathmandu valley. (January 1992)

  • Indian General Elections 2014 Polling dates of Indian general elections. Photo: Khushank94

    Indian General Elections 2014

    On 7 April 2014, the first phase of general elections in India got underway. An unprecedented 814 million voters were registered to vote at 930,000 polling stations spread across 543 constituencies.

    From our Archive:

    Subir Bhaumik on BJP’s “far too-well-defined political agendaahead of the 1998 general elections. (January 1998)

    Ramachandra Guha writes of a time when Indira was India and India was Indira. (July 2000)

    Syed Ali Mujtaba on the history of vote bank politics as ‘variables’ in the political process. (May 2004)

  • Burma suspends MSF aid operations Rohingya child at a camp in Kutupalong, Burma. Photo: flickr / FAMSI

    Burma suspends MSF aid operations

    On 28 February 2014, the Burmese government suspended all operations of Médicine Sans Frontièrs (MSF) in Burma, accusing them of violating the conditions of its agreement. MSF had been conducting aid operations throughout the country, including offering vital medical aid to Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State. On March 2, MSF was allowed to resume operations in some regions, but not Arakan State.

    From our Archive:

    A two part series by Kanak Mani Dixit on the history and future of ethnic conflict in Burma. ( Part I – June 2012 and Part II – July 2012 )

    A photo essay by Rudra Rakshit and Lora Thomas on the lives of Rohingya refugees in Jammu.

  • Penguin India withdraws The Hindus 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 sued the publishers in 2011 arguing that the book was insulting to Hindus and contained “heresies”.

    From our Archive:

    Diwas Kc reviews The Hindus: An Alternative History. (March 2010)

  • Elected government in Nepal Image: Krish Dulal

    Elected government in Nepal

    On 10 February 2014, Nepal’s Constituent Assembly elected the Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala as the country’s 37th prime minister.  Koirala received support from the CPN-UML, the second largest party in the assembly, and is set to form a coalition government with them.

    From our Archive:

    Aditya Adhikari on the CPN-UML-led coalition government that was formed following Prachanda’s resignation as prime minister. (July 2009)

    C K Lal looks at the prospect of G.P. Koirala’s fourth stint as the prime minister.(April 2000)

    Dipak Gyawali on the right-centre government led by Surya Bahadur Thapa that survived a motion of no-confidence. (March 1998)


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  • Seeding the future

    Stephen Mikesell, 05 April 2014

    A problem with seed banks is that they store seeds removed from context. Seed varieties are associated with local environments, their flora and fauna,...

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    Raza Rumi, 25 March 2014

    Just looked at the revamped website - looks brilliant. Far more appealing and user-friendly. All power to Himal :)

  • The sanitising power of spoken Sanskrit

    Patrick McCartney, 11 March 2014

    I can only gather from Akaram's comment that an academic article based on rational empirical observations is no way to gather information and publish ...

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