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Neither here nor there in chhit mahal Neither here nor there in chhit mahal

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Law, disorder and struggle on the chhit mahals of India and Bangladesh.

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25 Years of Archives

  • Presidential eligibility law in Burma Aung San Suu Kyi Photo: Left Bank Pictures

    Presidential eligibility law in Burma

    On 24 June 2015,  during the parliamentary discussions on the proposed constitutional amendments, a military-appointed MP warned that changing Article 59(f), which precludes presidency for individuals whose spouses and children hold foreign citizenship, would undermine Burmese sovereignty. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose two sons hold UK citizenship, is currently ineligible to become president.

    From our Archive:

    Joseph Allchin on Luc Besson’s biopic on Aung San Suu Kyi. (March 2012)


    Moegyo on Burma’s opposition. (February 2011)


    Larry Jagan on the Burmese consolidation of military rule. (June 2008)

  • Pakistan to establish Urdu as official language Ramzak Camp in present-day North Waziristan, beyond which the linguist Georg Morgenstierne was not allowed to proceed. Photo: Flickr / Drregor

    Pakistan to establish Urdu as official language

    On 7 June 2015, the federal government in Pakistan asked all government departments to implement a 14 May decision to establish Urdu as the official language. Heads of these departments have been asked to propose ways in which Urdu can replace English as the official language.

    From our Archive:

    Manzoor Ali on the death of minority languages in Pakistan. (March 2015)

    Danial Shah on discovering a language unknown to many even within Pakistan. (September 2013)

    C K Lal on the role of Hindostani in the region. (September 2008)

  • Delhi assembly elections Photo: Shahid Tantray

    Delhi assembly elections

    As Delhi gets ready for the assembly elections of February 7, a look at our recent coverage of elections in India. Also, a primer on the electoral systems in Southasia.

    From our Archive:

    Paranjoy Guha Thakurta on mass media and the Modi ‘wave’ (June 2014)

    The electoral systems in Southasia (September 2014)

    A photo essay on the 2014 Jammu & Kashmir state assembly elections (January 2015)

  • Supreme Court clears Rajapaksa for a third term Illustration: Paul Aitchison

    Supreme Court clears Rajapaksa for a third term

    On 11 November 2014, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court announced that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no legal impediments to contest a further term. Presidential term limits were removed from the constitution in 2010 through an amendment passed by over two-thirds of the Parliament. Rajapaksa is now set to stand for an unprecedented third term in the office.

  • UN to cut food rations in Afghanistan Photo: Flickr / Zoriah

    UN to cut food rations in Afghanistan

    Funding shortage of about USD 30 million has forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to effectively cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan. With the withdrawal of international military missions in 2014, the UN humanitarian appeal so far is already USD 158 million short of the initial estimate.

    From our Archive:

    Madhusree Mukerjee on the imperial roots of hunger. (June 2014)

    Aseem Shrivastava on why food crisis in Southasia has global roots. (June 2008)

    C P Chandrashekar on the aid-supported economy of Afghanistan. (August 2003)


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    Sanjay Sas, 27 June 2015

    The author responds - "This might not be easy given what the Pundits went through, however this, I beleive, is the starting point for a dialogue with ...

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    arshad durrani, 23 June 2015

    A refreshingly scholastic view.

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    Ashley Tellis, 13 June 2015

    Excellent piece except for the first paragraph which gets the protest after the December 2012 rape in Delhi and the legal changes after completely wro...

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