Slow goes the caravan October 2011
On a chilly morning in December 2010, I received a call. The schedule of the Asia-to-Gaza Solidarity Caravan had been altered, I was told, and instead we were to set off, that very morning, from Rajghat. We would be heading west, towards Pakistan, even though our Pakistani visas had not yet come through. Needless to say, this was an unsettling way to kick off our journey, organised to express the solidarity of the people of Asia – the caravan had representatives from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Tajikistan and Turkey – with those of Palestine against occupation and imperialism.
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).