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Taangh: Longing—For Whom and for What?

Bani Singh’s documentary film Taangh is a personal homage as well as the coming together of unknown stories about India’s hockey gold medal in the 1948 London Olympics.

Knowing Contemporary China

India’s China Challenge: A Journey through China’s Rise and What It Means for India by Ananth Krishnan, New Delhi: HarperCollins, 2020; pp 417, 599.


Myth of the ‘Muslim Vote Bank’

Siyasi Muslims: A Story of Political Islams in India by Hilal Ahmed, New Delhi: Penguin Viking, 2019; pp xxxi + 240, 599.


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.

Deep Malaise

Moyukh Chatterjee’s article “After the Law: Notes on Gujarat 2002” (EPW, 19 April 2014) makes two most valuable points.

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.

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.

Explaining the Japanese Enigma

Japan by Yamaguchi Hiroichi; National Book Trust, W New Delhi, 2006; pp 198, Rs 50.

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.


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