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Shangri-la, continued Shangri-la, continued

By Ross Adkin

Thimphu bookshops, language choice and the most recent clutch of fiction from Bhutan.

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Shangri-la, continued Shangri-la, continued

By Ross Adkin

Thimphu bookshops, language choice and the most recent clutch of fiction from Bhutan.

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People & Politics

Before Democracy Before Democracy

By Nic Dunlop

Images of a country under the junta

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Undocumented in Europe Undocumented in Europe

By David Caprara

Southasian face of Europe’s migration crisis.

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Black magic blackout Black magic blackout

By Sarah Khatry

How to win a presidential election with the help of your personal sorcerer

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25 Years of Archives

  • Jayang refugee camp Kachin State. Some of the 70,000 refugees who fled the fighting when a 17-year-old-ceasefire broke down between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese army in June 2011. Kachin State, January 2012.

    Digital Revolution in Southasia

    As the world celebrates the seventh Social Media Day on June 30, 2016, Himal‘s archival issue Online-istan  provides an interesting read on the digital landscape in Southasia. The ‘digital revolution’ has changed how people communicate; spend their leisure time; access entertainment and even carve out livelihoods in and from this emerging virtual space.


    From our Archive:

    Exiled to Cyberia: Kunda Dixit's companion piece to his 1998 article ‘Can the Southasian toad leapfrog?’, in which he recants his turn-of-the century web skepticism and highlights the revolutionary potential of mobile connectivity. ‘We are all Facebook poets': Sumana Roy questions the dubious literary merit of Facebook ‘poetry’, exploring the ways in which social media distorts the art-form itself, as well as our perceptions of its relative value. ‘Polyglot Processing’: Bibek Paudel looks at possible developments for Southasian languages online.

  • Nepal’s political transformation since royal massacre Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Kathmandu Photo : Wikimedia Commons

    Nepal’s political transformation since royal massacre

    1 June 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Nepal’s royal massacre, where ten members of the royal family, including the ruling monarch and his heirs, were killed. The tragedy was a turning point in Nepali politics. King Gyanendra’s attempt at direct rule by suspending the parliament led to the abolition of monarchy and the country’s subsequent transformation into a federal republic.

    From our Archive:

    Bruce McCoy Owens on post-monarchy Nepal (July 2008) Nilamber Acharya on non-violent people's movement led by Nepal's political parties and civil society (January 2006) A commentary on militarisation and democratic rule in Nepal (November 2003)

  • The Bangladeshi executions Photo: Flickr / arju.r

    The Bangladeshi executions

    On 11 May 2015, Bangladesh executed Jamaat-e-Islami party Motiur Rahman Nizami for atrocities committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. In November 2015, two leaders — Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury — were executed for war crimes. Since the tribunals were set up by PM Sheikh Hasina in 2010, two separate tribunals to investigate the war crimes have convicted more than 15 people.

    From our Archive:

    Salil Tripathi on Bangladeshi Inquisitions (November 2015) Haroon Habib on the trial of those suspected of war crimes (August 2010) Antara Dutta on forgetting and remembering the birth of Bangladesh (February 2008)

  • Earthquakes in Southasia

    Earthquakes in Southasia

    On 13 April 2016, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Burma. The tremours were felt in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and certain parts of eastern India. Parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan were rocked by 6.6 magnitude earthquake on 10 April. In the past one year, the inadequately prepared region has faced multiple earthquakes.

    From our Archive:

    Himal’s documentary on the reconstruction after April 2015 Nepal earthquake (2016 March) Himal’s disaster issue and web-package (July 2016) Tharuka Dissanayake on regional disaster-management centre (November 2006)

  • Pakistan towards secularism Photo: Flickr / Michael Foley

    Pakistan towards secularism

    Pakistan’s Sindh province declared March 24 2016 a public holiday to mark the occasion of Hindu festival Holi after the National Assembly passed a resolution to declare special public holidays for festivals of minorities.  This is new in the recent series of liberal stance that the Pakistani government has taken, such as ratifying the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act, which has irked the conservative Islamists in the country.

    From our Archive:

    Vijay Prashad on the development of Muslim nationalism (August 2014) Pervez Hoodbhoy on why Pakistan is not a nation (June 2010) Mubarak Ali on superficial religiosity under the shadow of ideology (July 2008)


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    Anonymous, 26 May 2016

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