India’s vanishing pasts
On the Idara archives' efforts to preserve Deccan literary, artistic, and historical cultures.
Sarah Waheed and Yamini Krishna | Jul 19, 2022
Journalists under attack, marine disaster in Sri Lanka, chasing monkeys, and more
Southasiasphere episode 08: Updates and analysis from around the region.
The Editors | Jun 09, 2021
Preserving film in transition.
Sagar Shiriskar | May 12, 2021
Rewriting the Empire: an interview with Shrabani Basu
Journalist and historian Shrabani Basu talks about filling the gaps in the history of colonial India's relationship with Britain.
Chhetria Patrakar | Jan 27, 2018
Excavating Burma’s rich intellectual past, carefully preserved by private collectors, can contribute to the ongoing debate on the country’s controversial march towards neoliberalism.
Geoﬀ Myint | Jan 14, 2014
Chasing a legend
Reconstructing the life of flamboyant 19th-century singer Gauhar Jaan involved an immersion in her loves, her passions, her demons and her music.
Vikram Sampath | Jan 14, 2014
Pakistan’s public archives are failing the country’s people and history, and private archives can only do so much.
Haroon Khalid | Jan 14, 2014
Turning over old leaves
If palm leaf inscriptions can be saved from rodents, insects, the forces of nature and deliberate destruction, they can paint vivid pictures of the history of the Syrian Christians in Kerala.
Ignatius Payyappilly | Jan 14, 2014
Caring for history
Archaic conservation methods are themselves hastening the deterioration of fragile archival material in India.
Dinyar Patel | Jan 14, 2014
Archives of Southasia
A series of articles on the state of archiving in Southasia.
The Editors | Jan 14, 2014
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
“I write with the same hands that carried shit”: Reading Pandiyakannan’s ‘Salavaan’
The Tamil writer Pandiyakannan, the first novelist from the Kuravar community, offers an intimate portrait of the lives of manual scavengers
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.
Pakistan’s politics continues to dictate its economic crisis
The standoff over elections in Punjab between the PML-N’s ruling coalition and Imran Khan’s PTI has intensified Pakistan’s multidimensional crisis, and may lead to sovereign default