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The Southasian Military Complex

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(Vol 27 No 4)
Southasia’s media environment is marked by a variety of competing tendencies and trends. The expanding role of corporate ownership and advertising revenue has exerted significant influence over media outlets, and attempts by government and non-state actors to censor through various means continue unabated. At the same time, the proliferation of media has created new openings and opportunities, particularly in terms of the amount of content available. Has this kind of growth enhanced democratic engagement or contributed to the deterioration of public discourse?

Himal’s new print quarterly engages with these topics by considering experiences from across the region, including the role of the media in India’s general elections, overt and covert forms of repression in Sri Lanka, and the trajectory of media in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Aside from assessing media in Southasia, this issue also offers articles that deal with labour and migration, Partition, nationality and the crisis of identities.


Articles Include: 

Nawaz Gul Qanungo on India’s impunity in Kashmir

Ahilan Kadirgamar on Sri Lanka’s militarised approach in the aftermath of the civil war

Azra Naseem on the political grooming of the Maldivian armed forces

Ayesha Siddiqa on correcting the civil-military balance in Pakistan

M V Ramana and Zia Mian on nuclear weapons and the militarist psychology in India and Pakistan

David Brenner on the peace process in Burma

Manisha Sethi‘s account of private players domesticating India’s defence industry



Infographics on arms and armies in Southasia

Pratyoush Onta on Gurkha’s during world war

Massoud Ansari on rise of separatist tendencies in Balochistan

A short story by Farzana Ali

Ross Adkin reviews Kaushik Barua’s novel Windhorse

Elen Turner reviews three novels by Pakistani women authors


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Kishore Dave, the bureau chief of the Gujarati newspaper Jai Hind, was stabbed to death at the newspaper's office in Gujarat's Junagadh district. According to a Press Trust of India report, the Superintendent of Police at the local police station said Dave (53) was attacked by unknown assailants at around 9:30 PM on 22 August 2016. Aaj Tak, the Indian television channel, reported that personal enmity prompted the murder.

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