If familiarity really does breed fondness, CP is in real danger of falling madly in love with Mahinda Rajapaksa;he seems to keep doing things that cannot be ignored.Though he had to return, jet-black moustache droopy and quivering, from Oxford recently, the lion of Ceylon still roars as loud as ever to protect his kingship against the slightest upstart challenge.With the suffocation of the mainstream media well under way, King Mahinda has turned his eyes to the next enemy: posters.Over the last few months, security forces have arrested about two dozen people,many university students, for pasting and handing out posters touching upon issues such as workers’ rights and the privatisation of higher education. One of the offending posters was for a play titled ‘An Uncertified Death’ and had the line ‘Whoever comes to power whenever, uncertified deaths across the country’.All the world may be a stage, but the Lion will have none of it, it seems.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).