|Photo: Manisha Sobhrajani|
The landscape of Ladakh is unlike the rest of Jammu & Kashmir. Stark naked, brown mountains, with various shades of purple and almost no green, it gives the impression of very unwelcoming terrain – at least until one gets used to it. In the early morning of 6 August 2010, Ladakh was hit by a cloudburst, leading to devastating flash floods that, over the course of a mere half-hour, washed away much of Leh and the adjoining villages. Such calamities take place regularly in many parts of the world, of course, but Ladakh is a land that, typically, does not receive much rainfall. In any event, the machinery of the local administration proved completely unprepared for the disaster.
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).