Laxmi Murthy heads the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, and is a Contributing Editor with Himal Southasian. She is currently working with Zubaan on an initiative researching gender, labour and violence.
The face of female leadership
Do women politicians in high office in Southasia offer something different from their male counterparts?
Mar 24, 2021
Reframing the Dalit experience
A new photobook on Dalits in Nepal brings out previously unheard voices and unseen visions.
Aug 22, 2019
Following the suicide attack on security forces in Kashmir, India’s media went on a nationalist, fact-free overdrive.
Mar 07, 2019
India’s #MeToo moment
Due process and the art of listening
Nov 13, 2018
Net nanny meets muscular law
India’s new human-trafficking bill could criminalise sex workers and curtail free speech.
Sep 26, 2018
The making and unmaking of a star
On the life and times of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s first social-media celebrity.
Jul 26, 2018
The ‘i’ of the storm
The Bollywood hit ‘Padmaavat’, India’s anti-sati laws and the failure to confront misogyny.
May 14, 2018
On the first feminist science fiction in the Subcontinent.
Jul 19, 2015
Violence, voices and visibility
What are the ethical implications surrounding graphic depictions of sexual violence in the media?
Jul 11, 2014
Obsessive male pursuit of women is commonplace in Indian cinema, reflecting deep-seated and worrying social norms.
Sep 15, 2013
In Mizoram, a refugee crisis highlights Mizo tribal affinities and hostility
Shared Zo identity has Mizos extending hospitality to Chin and Kuki-Chin refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh. More remarkable is that Chakmas, mistreated by the Mizo majority in Mizoram, have welcomed Kuki-Chin refugees too
The political fallout of violence in Manipur, Bangladesh’s economic crisis, the crackdown on PTI supporters and more
May - Updates and analysis from around the region
In ‘Agra’, a grim portrait of the repressed Indian man
Director Kanu Behl’s Hindi feature film examines the sexual obsession and frustration of men, mental health and the transactional nature of human relationships in a patriarchal society where space is in short supply
When neoliberalism came to the Indian farm
With a focus on agricultural policy since the 1990s, 'Distress in the Fields' demonstrates how neoliberal interventions sowed the seeds of the crisis faced by farmers today