Heading for Karnataka’s famous Jog Falls on National Highway 206, we make an early start out of Shimoga. The town looks like a war zone, because entire stretches of buildings and shopfronts have been demolished. We had seen such carnage in Chikmagalur too, a few days earlier. Why? Of all things, to widen the highway. Homage to the ravenous automobile god, of course. But not calculated to make us feel positively inclined about Shimoga.
|Photo/Art By: Dilip D'Souza, Amrisha Vaidya|
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).