history

A life in argument

Remembering historian David Washbrook.

| Feb 08, 2021

Memories of Galwan Valley

Recent India-China skirmishes in the Ladakhi valley revive conversation on how borders and their memories are constructed.

| Aug 19, 2020

Nepal’s Ramayanas

The study of myths and histories in Southasia needs to transcend modern political boundaries.

| Aug 10, 2020

India’s other China problem

Indian research and scholarship on China suffers from a narrow focus on ‘national interest’.

| Jun 19, 2020

China’s Indian Ocean?

What the simplistic narratives on China’s advances in the Indian Ocean miss.

| May 12, 2020

Pandemic or poison?

How epidemics shaped Southasia's legal history.

| Apr 20, 2020

‘We are here because you were there’

A defence of immigration on the grounds of history, economics and security.

| Mar 06, 2020

Chronicling courtesans

A new book documents the forgotten history of tawaifs – or courtesans – in northern India.

| Feb 11, 2020

Centring the colonised

Priyamvada Gopal’s book throws new light on transnational and class solidarities.

| Jan 13, 2020

The frontier economy

Corruption and inequality have remained key features of Myanmar’s post-democratic political economy.

| Dec 04, 2019

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