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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

| Jun 02, 2023

Federalism is the most significant ideological divide in Nepali politics

Amid the the “‘de-ideologisation”’ of Nepali politics, the most consequential differences are on the system of provincial government. Three emergent parties throw the divisions into sharp relief.

| May 24, 2023

Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the global game over Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar’s military wants the world to believe it will soon repatriate Rohingya refugees, but their fate seems a diminishing priority amid US, Chinese, ASEAN and other interests at play

| Apr 07, 2023

Sri Lanka’s woes with cannabis legalisation

Some propose legalising marijuana production to ease Sri Lanka’s economic crisis. Yet, any move to legalise marijuana cultivation in Sri Lanka will have to overcome a long history of prohibition, social stigma and criminalisation

| Mar 06, 2023

Sri Lanka’s local elections are a major threat to the ruling class

Rising anger, prolonged economic crisis, painful IMF-backed policies and the government’s anti-democratic tendencies are creating a volatile mix, with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Rajapaksas and Sri Lanka’s political elites on alert

| Feb 13, 2023

China courts influence in Sri Lanka via the Buddhist clergy

Beijing needs new allies now that the Rajapaksas are reeling, but the enmeshing of politics and religion in Sri Lanka is always cause for concern

| Jan 26, 2023

Why does Everest matter?

Science, labour and the rise of altitude to measure mountains.

| Aug 05, 2022

Making sense of Nepali politics

Scholars of political structures and processes in today’s Nepal struggle to find their feet.

The machine that went rogue

Learning from Myanmar’s unsuccessful ‘Third Force’ movement.

| Jun 28, 2022

Scandalising the supply chain

Looking back at 40 years of Bangladesh’s garment industry.

| Jan 11, 2022

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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

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