The Southasian Military Complex
(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.
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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