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Region without Regionalism

Three decades have passed since the inception of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. It still is virtually a non-starter and has not addressed any substantive issue. Intra-regional trade is minuscule. India and Pakistan show little interest in the organisation. Without judging their respective foreign policies, it is argued that South Asian regionalism is not on their agenda. Three questions arise: Is South Asia at all a region? How much does the strategic divide between India and Pakistan, with China factored in, come in the way of South Asian regionalism? Why should India bother about regionalism when its policy of bilateralism serves it fine? To probe these, the region's history, global perceptions of the region, India's foreign and educational practices, and interstate relationships are discussed.

Separate JNU Hostel for North-East Students?

I was disturbed to read a news item ( Hindu, Delhi edition, 10 February 2015) that the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was going to have a hostel specifically meant for students from North-East India. Nothing will hit the ethos of JNU harder. The university is known for its inclusive culture...

Deep Malaise

Moyukh Chatterjee’s article “After the Law: Notes on Gujarat 2002” (EPW, 19 April 2014) makes two most valuable points. One, that “Indian law, jurists, and courts are not equipped to deal with mass violence of the kind witnessed in Delhi 1984, Gujarat 2002, Kandhamal 2008” and two, that there would...

Bhagalpur Redux

I was moved reading Warisha Farasat’s article on Bhagalpur riots (“The Forgotten Carnage of Bhagalpur”, EPW, 19 January 2013), particularly as I belong to Bhagalpur. I recall how during my early school days there (mid-1950s) Bengalis and Muslims had joined hands to protest against the abolition of...

Religion-Politics Interface

The Politics of Religion in South and Southeast Asia edited by Ishtiaq Ahmed (London: Routledge), 2011; pp xi + 268, price not mentioned. Foundational Crisis in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia by Abu Nasar Saied Ahmed (New Delhi: Akansha), 2011; pp xviii + 270, Rs 600.

Constitutional Crisis in Sri Lanka

It is the tragedy of Sri Lanka that its Sinhala majority can never agree on a common platform to deal with the Tamil issue. The LTTE is of course in a happy position. For if the peace process collapses it will have been proved right in doubting the government's commitment to keeping the process alive.

Not Just America's War

The war against terrorism is not merely America's war but that of the world order against disorder.

ICSSR and Social Science Research

Some of the problems bedevilling the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in the context of the ongoing debate on the state of social science research in the country.

Battle for Jaffna

India's interests are not threatened, whatever the outcome of the violent conflict in Sri Lanka. Also, solutions offered by outsiders do not work. India should give support short of sending troops, and no more.

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