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The hidden cost

A conversation with Equidem's Namrata Raju on migrant worker rights and the Qatar World Cup.

| Dec 06, 2022

Why does Everest matter?

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

| Aug 05, 2022

The quintessential prey

Care, coexistence and predation in a recent Hindi film on human-animal relations.

| Jul 26, 2021

Global poverty: fantasy or reality?

Unpacking the recent Smith and Hickel debate on the evolution of global poverty.

| Jun 25, 2021

No one left behind?

Despite COVID-19’s light footprint, economic fallout threatens to undo the gains of Myanmar’s decade-long climb out of isolation.

Style and the city

Two writers explore the politics of fashion in Bombay and Delhi.

Southasiasphere: Issue #5

Nepal-India border dispute, lockdown relaxations in Southasia, and more.

| May 15, 2020

Southasiasphere: ISSUE #2

The long walk home for migrants, tech and surveillance in the time of COVID-19, pardoning a convicted army officer, and more.

| Apr 03, 2020

Introducing Southasiasphere: The Himal guide to the region

ISSUE #1: Covid-19 in Southasia, civilian government vs the generals in Myanmar, postponed elections in SriLanka and more.

| Mar 20, 2020

A waste of lives

The scramble for jade in Myanmar's Kachin State.

| Aug 13, 2019

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