‘Liberated’ Loi Taileng January 2011
Since 2008, I have been documenting tribal groups from Burma who have been pushed off their ancestral lands by the Naypidaw junta. Some have moved into rebel-controlled zones. Others, such as the Karen, have left the country, only to languish for decades ‘warehoused’ in overcrowded refugee camps in Thailand. At the frontlines with two of Burma’s largest rebel armies, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Shan State Army South (SSA), I photographed the soldiers and the hundreds of displaced who live alongside them.
Brennan O' Connor is currently based in northern Thailand, where he is working on a book on ethnic minorities from Burma.
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).