Himal's take on cross-border news from central Southasia for the week of 5 March
Between Gandhi’s self-sufficient, harmonious idyll and Ambedkar’s den or ignorance and narrow-mindedness lies the village of reality.
As times change in rural Bihar, so does the social texture of the village.
Life is so much better in the village; what are we doing sitting around here?
In India over the past decade, farmer suicides are linked to an agrarian crisis brought about by market reforms gone wrong.
India’s government is going the ‘agritech’ route while low-input organic farming is better suited to smallholder farming households.
Far from being a panacea for fighting rural poverty, microcredit can impose additional burdens on the rural poor.
Even as Sri Lanka’s smallholder agriculture dies a slow death, schemes to save the rural economy are only coming from urban intellectuals.
With politics at a standstill in Kathmandu, governance should be shifting to the local levels. In fact, the national is holding the local hostage.
In rural Sindh, the more things change, the more they remain the same.
How a village became the name of a fear.
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.
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.
Will the state’s elections offer a new template for the state – or old wine in a new bottle?
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.
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 …
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