BOOKS

BOOKS

‘You can’t categorise people by borders’


IT is highly unlikely that Shahbano Bilgrami would be without friends at any given moment. Her girl-next-door demeanour, easy smile and... More

The Jinnahs, Gandhi And Khilafat


It seemed that Gandhi had learnt nothing from the failure of his experimental ­anti-Rowlatt agitation. The only reforms Gandhi seemed to... More

BJP’s systematic use of trolling to incite hatred


Social media in India is awash with right-wing trolls who incite online communal tension and abuse and sexually harass journalists, opposition... More

The first Bengali book on Sri Lanka


Bangladesh is relatively small compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. However, regardless of size, every country’s problems and the prospects... More

The Southasian Sensibility: A Himal Reader


THIS is a book that should find a place on the shelf of anyone interested in South Asia as a region,... More

Shahid Afridi’s autobiography to release next year


"AN OPEN BOOK" Shahid Afridi’s life as a cricketer has always been an open book but soon you’ll get to know him personally. The all-rounder is... More

The Corleones of Kabul


By Jonah Blank: Foreign observers of Afghanistan tend to think of former President Hamid Karzai’s government as a clan of corrupt thugs,... More

COLUMN

Another futile attempt to switch over to Hindi

It was then Home Minister Gulzarilal Nanda who brought the question of Hindi to the fore. This time, it is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has done so. Many people in Tamil Nadu then immolated themselves alive to register their protest. Thank... More

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Pakistan’s India obsession hides its real water challenges

Over the past few months, with the deterioration of relations between Pakistan and India, there has been a renewed interest in the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Statements made from India seem to indicate a... More

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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