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News and Views (Central)

Himal's take on cross-border news from central Southasia for the week of 5 March

| Oct 25, 2010

A native place

Between Gandhi’s self-sufficient, harmonious idyll and Ambedkar’s den or ignorance and narrow-mindedness lies the village of reality.

| Oct 01, 2010

Harvest to harvest in West Champaran

As times change in rural Bihar, so does the social texture of the village.

| Oct 01, 2010

Back to the village

Life is so much better in the village; what are we doing sitting around here?

| Oct 01, 2010

Neoliberal deaths

In India over the past decade, farmer suicides are linked to an agrarian crisis brought about by market reforms gone wrong.

| Oct 01, 2010

Industrial farming versus the peasantry

India’s government is going the ‘agritech’ route while low-input organic farming is better suited to smallholder farming households.

The danger of Grameenism

Far from being a panacea for fighting rural poverty, microcredit can impose additional burdens on the rural poor.

| Oct 01, 2010

Contradictions of capitalism

Even as Sri Lanka’s smallholder agriculture dies a slow death, schemes to save the rural economy are only coming from urban intellectuals.

| Oct 01, 2010

Long wait for local government

With politics at a standstill in Kathmandu, governance should be shifting to the local levels. In fact, the national is holding the local hostage.

| Oct 01, 2010

From the communes of Jhok

In rural Sindh, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

| Oct 01, 2010

Naming Naxalbari

How a village became the name of a fear.

| Oct 01, 2010

Two years on

Near the two-year anniversary of Mohammed Nasheed’s election in the Maldives, democracy in the atolls continues to experience growing pains, made more difficult by an increasingly bipolar polity.

| Oct 01, 2010

Honour as strategy

The vehemence of the caste councils of North India against same-clan marriages have to do with the control of high-value real estate land and inheritance rights.

| Oct 01, 2010

Bihar face-off

Will the state’s elections offer a new template for the state – or old wine in a new bottle?

| Oct 01, 2010

The generals’ election

In the run-up to Burma’s fraught polls, some of the junta’s leading cheerleaders are Western governments who are bending over backwards to justify their stance.

| Oct 01, 2010

Targeted killings by drone

In the debate over the use of ‘drone’ technology in Pakistan, many are claiming to speak for the communities on the ground. But what about the impact that this new mode of warfare is having …

| Oct 01, 2010

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