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Amnesty International ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ at 24, president at 41 and poster boy of Maldivian democracy, Mohamed Nasheed ‘Anni’ got some breathing space after his party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), proved it still had an important section of the popular vote in the recent elections to local councils, in February. Notably, this exercise constituted the first such elections ever to take place in the country. The opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) won a majority of the overall seats, but the MDP swept the polls in the two most populous cities, Male and Addu. While both parties have claimed victory, the real achievement has been a largely peaceful and fair election conducted by an independent Election Commission.
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).