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April 2017

Seasons of Discontent and Revolt in Kashmir
by Chitralekha Zutshi
“Caught between two feuding countries, neither of which has truly incorporated Kashmir into its nationalist imagination or institutional structures, Kashmiris have developed their own nationalist narrative
 to assert their distinctiveness and desire for freedom.”

The Tangled Politics of Postwar Justice in Sri Lanka
by Jonathan Goodhand and Oliver Walton
“It was perhaps naive and overly optimistic to believe that regime change was the answer to a problem that has much deeper structural roots.”

Pakistan’s Deadly Grip on Afghanistan
by C. Christine Fair
“Unless the United States rights its policies with respect to Pakistan, it has no hope of bringing even a modicum of stability to Afghanistan…”

India’s Weakened Unions Face a Push for Reform
by Emmanuel Teitelbaum
“Ironically, the interests and objectives of union leaders may align with those of the ruling coalition: employment growth in the organized sector is essential to the labor movement’s survival in the coming decades, just as it is for the survival of the Modi government.” Seventh in a series on labor relations around the world.

Can South Asia Share Its Rivers?
by Gareth Price and Sonali Mittra
“[D]isputes have deepened to the extent that water is seen as inherently a source of conflict rather than productivity or cooperation.”

Perspective: Demonetization in India: One More Rock in the River
by Anirudh Krishna
An attempt to curb tax evasion by taking large-denomination bills out of circulation overnight imposed new hardships on an Indian populace long accustomed to capricious government initiatives.

Books: Brutal Realities of British Rule in India
by Sumit Ganguly
A new book on Britain’s reign in the subcontinent, departing from earlier generations of scholarship, does not sanitize the brutality and racism that undergirded the colonial enterprise.

Month in Review: February 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in February, country by country, day by day.

Map of South Asia
by the editors of Current History

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