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25 Years of Archives

  • India-Pakistan talks cancelled The Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. Photo: Flickr / Salman Ahmad

    India-Pakistan talks cancelled

    The cautious optimism that had followed the Modi-Sharif meeting in Ufa, Russia, in July 2015 has been now shaken by the cancellation of the NSA-level meeting between India and Pakistan. Both sides have blamed each other for it, but have refrained from categorically stating the reason for the cancellation of the meeting which was due to be held on 24 August 2015.

    From our Archive:

    Sukumar Muralidharan on the cautious India-Pakistan thaw (January 2006)

    Syed Ali Mujtaba on the rhetorical shift in India-Pakistan relations (January 2004)

    The Editors on the Indo-Pak N-word by the Editors (February 2003)

  • Death penalty in India Image: Lance Page / truthout Adapted: World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

    Death penalty in India

    On 30th July 2015, India executed Yakub Memon, who had been convicted for helping finance the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. Memon was the only convict out of the eleven others to have his death penalty upheld on appeal. In 2014, India was among the top ten countries in giving death sentences.

    From our Archive:

    Rakesh Shukla on the secret hanging of Afzal Guru. (February 2013)

    Prachi Patankar and Ahilan Kadirgamar review Jinee Lokaneeta's Transnational Torture. (December 2011)

    Zia Mian on the Pakistani state’s vocabulary and its relationship with violence. (July 1996)

  • Taliban-Afghan government peace talks in Islamabad Image: From 'Pakistan on the Brink' by Ahmed Rashid. Penguin Books, 2013.

    Taliban-Afghan government peace talks in Islamabad

    On 7 July 2015, peace talks commenced in Islamabad between Taliban leaders and a delegation of Afghan government officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai. Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, however, said he wasn’t able to confirm the Islamabad meeting.

    From our Archive:

    Raza Rumi on Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan (April 2014)

    Thomas Ruttig on the poetry of the Afghan Taliban (January 2013)

    Vijay Prashad reviews Ahmed Rashin’s Pakistan on the Brink (June 2012)

  • 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)


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