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Infrastructural Ephemera and Public Health in Pakistan

“Infrastructural ephemera” as a set of spontaneous affective relations critical to the success of large-scale projects of urban governance in the urban South are examined. The deep contradictions underscoring the labours of women employed as community health workers in Lyari Town, Karachi, at a time of intense gang violence, are explored. Drawing on two years of field research as a polio vaccinator in Lyari, the reach (and limits) of daptability, skills, and labour (physical, mental, and emotional) involved in the maintenance and repair of a fragile public health infrastructure are explored. Maintaining “community health” also involves dealing mortal and aspirational death to those that provide infrastructural labour to the project of giving life.

Keeping Cities in Motion

As the cities in South Asia transform into global or “world-class” cities, the lives of those who construct, repair, and maintain these cities are changing. In this collection of articles on repair and maintenance in South Asia, we foreground how the repairers and maintainers of Kolkata, Karachi,...

Connectivity Issues in the North East

The North East has historically suffered from poor transport connectivity within and between the seven states as well as with the rest of India and neighbouring countries. This has not only impeded everyday life and livelihoods but also regional development and national security. As China builds...

The Pandemic and Economic Fallout in South Asia

Coherent national strategies, backed by regional cooperation efforts, offer a way forward for economic recovery in South Asia, which is rapidly becoming the next COVID-19 global hotspot. Challenges and policies relating to macroeconomics, health, economic sectors, stimulus measures, and reforms, which are all crucial for the region’s recovery are discussed. */

Understanding Citizenship and Refugees’ Status in India

The recent Rohingya crisis in South Asia raised questions regarding the refugee policies of the Indian state, which seem to take a very diplomatic position on the refugee problem. This article seeks to argue that India’s kindness for some refugee communities and ignorant behaviour for Muslim refugees has raised a doubt on its way of refugee dealings, and has posed question on the very secular face of the Indian state. How the Supreme Court as well as the Indian government has viewed and handled the refugee problem has been discussed in detail in this article.

The Long Sweep of India–China History

India, China and the World: A Connected History by Tansen Sen, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp 560, ₹995.

Language and Translation in a Multilingual Nation

A Multilingual Nation: Translation and Language Dynamic in India edited by Rita Kothari, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp VII + 365, ₹1,495.

Rainwater Harvesting Benchmarks to Address South Asia’s Urban Water Crisis

Carefully designed rainwater harvesting systems can reduce water stress and help in the management of water crises in major South Asian cities, home to about a quarter of a billion people. A straightforward formula is provided here for calculating rainwater harvesting targets in major South Asian cities. Modest achievements in rainwater harvesting can dramatically mitigate the water crisis for urban inhabitants of this region, requiring fairly inexpensive modes if relevant projects are meticulously planned and implemented.

A Case for Collaborative Translation of Literary Texts in South Asia

Translation of contemporary works of literature from one South Asian language into another has a great potential for developing a shared understanding of the region’s diverse linguistic cultures. The author shares his experience of translating and editing translations of novels, short stories, poetry, and literary non-fiction from South Asia and elsewhere into Urdu.

Doing Nothing and Being Nothing

The lack of opportunities for training and quality education hinders the development of entrepreneurial talent among India and South Asia’s youth. In this way, they are demoralised and disillusioned with the system and more often than not, with themselves. Some of them believe they are useless, while others do “nothing” and therefore amount to “nothing.” Hope and agency can provide an out for these young people all across India and South Asia.

Look East to Act East

India’s North-East and Asiatic South-East: Beyond Borders edited by Rashpal Malhotra and Sucha Singh Gill, Chandigarh: Centre for Rural and Industrial Development, 2015; pp xxv+302, ₹500. Look and Act East Policy: Potential and Constraints edited by Rashpal Malhotra and Sucha Singh Gill, Chandigarh: Centre for Rural and Industrial Development, 2015; pp xxxxiv+286, ₹595.

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