‘Graphic novelists are influential in an arena where nobody cares about influence.’
– Sarnath Banerjee, in conversation
Drawing observations: Sarnath Banerjee takes part in a public installation, July 2010
Photo: Mocha Arthouse
Like all cultures, comics has its avant-garde. In keeping with the old maxim of ‘When faith fails, head for the fringe’, many of its best artists and writers are to be found online. There is a thriving web-comic culture that rejuvenates the jaded daily comic; the most popular of these strips – such as Questionable Content and xkcd – now have global followings. It is a unique skill, to keep the reader engaged in the same characters and settings across millions of panels, and one we are lucky to see preserved by the Internet. The kitschy and gloriously smutty Savita Bhabhi is India’s most famous experiment in this regard, but dozens of other homegrown web-comics exist for the aficionado.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
flickr / The US Army
On 1 December 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the US of cutting fuel supplies to Afghan security forces. Despite US pressure, Karzai continues to stall the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement.
From our archive:
Subel Bhandari looks at the Strategic Partnership Agreement, noting its avoidance of contentious issues. (April 2012)
Vijay Prashad reviews Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, discussing Taliban strategy in the context of NATO withdrawal. (October 2011)
Aunohita Mojumdar explores questions of accountability in relation to the West’s “hasty exit strategy”. (February 2011)