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By the time Osama bin Laden was killed in his Pakistani hill-station retreat, this 54-year-old son of a Saudi-Yemeni billionaire had become an iconic symbol of religious obscurantism. To be sure, bin Laden was respo nsible for killing 2752 people in the attacks of 11 September 2001 – and so, inevitably, his death would be a violent one. The only surprise was that he lived nearly a decade after claiming credit, in a video clip, for the massacre of so many innocents. That he lived so long is a credit only to the genial incompetence of President George W Bush – and, it seems, the complicity of some members of the Pakistani intelligence services.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).