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The Struggle for Control of Pakistan’s Fragile Democracy
by Umair Javed
“While Sharif’s disqualification was certainly not as egregious as an outright coup or any other extraconstitutional intervention, the nature and process of his removal amounts to another setback for democracy in Pakistan.”
Bangladesh Copes With the Rohingya Crisis By Itself
by Navine Murshid
“Bangladesh has neither the military nor the diplomatic power to force a solution on Myanmar.”
Nepal’s Towering Climate Adaptation Challenges
by Andrea J. Nightingale
“Clearly, Nepalis have to adapt to climate change. It is less clear what precisely the challenges are and who is best positioned to lead the response.” Seventh in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
China’s South Asian Miscalculation
by Raffaello Pantucci
“Beijing’s miscalculations regarding India have created conflict with a regional power that has the capability and desire to disrupt China’s outward push.”
Perspective: Rising Religious Intolerance in South Asia
by Neeti Nair
Whether in India, Pakistan, or Myanmar, governments have failed to protect minorities, and too often politicians have pandered to agitators stirring up sectarian hatred.
Books: India’s Turbulent Ascent
by Sumit Ganguly
India has emerged onto the global stage after decades of adherence to strategic nonalignment and protectionist trade rules limited its influence. But triumphalism is premature.
Books: Living the Pious Dream in Lahore
by Joshua Lustig
A rising middle class in Pakistan is striving to reconcile aspirations for a modern lifestyle with a desire for a deeper embrace of Islam as a guide to everyday ethics.
From the Archives: India’s Economic Liberalization; Pakistan at Fifty
by Shalendra D. Sharma and Samina Ahmed
Excerpts from Current History essays on major milestones, published two decades ago.
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.
The Rise of Hindu Populism in India’s Public Sphere
by Arvind Rajagopal
“The public sphere of debate and discussion predicated on transparency has given way to a public sphere of image and spectacle.” Sixth in a series on public spheres around the world.