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25 Years of Archives

  • 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)

  • Burma readies for democratically elected President Photo: Flickr / AK Rockefeller

    Burma readies for democratically elected President

    Burma got its first civilian president in decades after the parliament elected National League for Democracy (NLD) ’s Htin Kyaw on 15 March 2016 by a simple majority vote. In the historic election held in November 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party NLD had won a landslide victory over the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

  • Pakistan executes killer of Salman Taseer Photo: Flickr / Michael Foley

    Pakistan executes killer of Salman Taseer

    On 1 March 2016, Mumtaz Qadri was executed in Pakistan for gunning down the governor of Punjab province, Salmaan Taseer, in 2011. Taseer, who supported liberal reforms, was an outspoken critic of blasphemy laws. Following the execution, Pakistan has beefed up security in Rawalpindi as tens of thousands of hard-line activists consider Qadri a hero and have condemned the execution.


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