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April 2020

Is Empowered Hindu Nationalism Transforming India?
by Sumit Ganguly
“All of these actions reflect the ideological commitments of the BJP and its desire to fundamentally alter the country’s constitutional dispensation.”

Testing Citizenship in the Bengal Borderlands
by Haimanti Roy
“This introduction of religiously based citizenship is a move away from the constitutional concept of citizenship introduced in India in the mid-twentieth century.”

India’s Welfare State: A Halting Shift from Benevolence to Rights
by Reetika Khera
“[E]ntrenched class interests and social inequalities rooted in religion, caste, and gender have made the transition slow and uncertain.” Seventh in a series on ways of governing.

The Changing Face of Nepal
by Michael Hutt
“The huge disparity between the well-resourced, cosmopolitan capital, Kathmandu, and the still very basic living standards in other parts of the country remains glaring.”

Pakistan’s Closing Civic Space
by Shandana Khan Mohmand
“Although the country has made gains over the past two decades in terms of electoral democracy, guarantees of individual equality and liberty have weakened.”

Perspective: Selling Out the Afghans
by C. Christine Fair
The US–Taliban agreement to finally end a two-decade conflict does not include the Afghan government and offers little to reassure war-weary civilians.

Books: Can Myanmar Save Itself?
by Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung
A prominent native son seeks to explain the country’s dramatic changes and crises, but says little about unsung activists who are working on practical reforms.

The Month in Review: February 2020
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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