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April 2015

Can Modi Deliver a New India?
by Siddharth Varadarajan
“[D]espite the global goodwill, economic good fortune, and political triumphs Modi has enjoyed, questions are increasingly being asked about his capacity to deliver on the promises that won him the election.”

War-Weary Pakistan’s Internal Divides
by Humeira Iqtidar
“[T]he decade and a half of demands placed on the army since the start of the war have opened up a growing chasm within the ranks that is beginning to threaten its viability as the main arm of American influence . . . ”

The Other Drawdown in Afghanistan
by C. Christine Fair
“If the international community wants to secure the real gains it has made in Afghanistan, it needs to stop obsessing about the troop drawdown and begin figuring out how to avert the funding drawdown that is the single biggest threat to Afghanistan’s future.”

Bangladesh and the Global Climate Debate
by Masroora Haque and Saleemul Huq
“Bangladesh, which is particularly exposed to the consequences of climate change and suffered two devastating cyclones in recent years, has taken a leading role . . . in advocating new international commitments to support countries that bear the heaviest burden of loss and damage.”

South Asia in Dark Times: Homogenizing Nation-States and the Problem of Minorities
by Vazira Zamindar
“As we witness growing chauvinism and violence toward minorities in India and Pakistan alike, we must ask what price we are willing to pay for the homogenizing wrath of Partition’s nation-states.” Seventh in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

Perspective: Citizenship Reborn in Sri Lanka
by Nira Wickramasinghe
The unexpected ouster of an authoritarian president in January’s election was the result of a slow-burning citizens’ uprising. Will this revival of civil society lead to lasting progress?

Books: Freedom and Faith in India
by Neeti Nair
A new volume of essays edited by Wendy Doniger and Martha C. Nussbaum examines the Hindu right’s influence throughout Indian society—a trend perhaps abetted by liberal taboos.

The Month in Review: February 2015
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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