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The Southasian Sensibility

The Southasian Sensibility
A Himal Reader

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Kanak Mani Dixit - Writer, Civil Rights Activist and Founding Editor, Himal Southasian
Critical Acclaim

November 2012 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The South Asian Sensibility: A Himal Reader is a collection of some of the best articles published over the past 25 years in Himal Soutasian, South Asia's first and foremost regional news and analysis magazine. The essays are fine examples of long-form journalism, a form that Himal has pioneered in South Asia.

Intended to mark the 25th anniversary of the magazine, the book argues for a regional sensibility when looking at issues in the subcontinent. The effort, throughout, is to look at issues from a humanist and progressive viewpoint with a strong emphasis on human rights. The select articles, while discussing topics such as nationalism, regionalism, insurgency, human rights, social and cultural matters, reflect one common aspect that Himal has striven to promote throughout its existence, i.e., to view the entire South Asian region as a single, holistic entity even while respecting the integrity of its component parts.

Introduction Kanak Mani Dixit
The Dragon Bites its Tail Kanak Mani Dixit
Axing Chipko Manisha Aryal
Far Eastern Himalaya-The Search for Distance and Dignity Sanjoy Hazarika
A Bangladeshi Looks for his Country Afsan Chowdhury
A Kashmiri Solution for Kashmir Eqbal Ahmad
The Fractured Image of Muhammad Ali Jinnah Khaled Ahmed
Generals as Governors: The Parallel Political Systems of Northeast India Sanjib Baruah
Eating with our Fingers, Watching Hindi Cinema and Consuming Cricket S Anand
The Dark White Shroud Shruti Debi
Between Despair and Hope: Interrogating 'Terrorism' Dilip Simeon
SAARC and the Sovereignty Bargain Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Relevance of the Middle Path: Rediscovering Gandhi for all Southasia C K Lal
Two Chairmen and a People Kanak Mani Dixit
Gujarat as Another Country: The Making and Reality of a Fascist Realm Prashant Jha
Reframing the 'Burma Question' Thant Myint-U
The Beauty of Compromise Ramachandra Guha
Understanding the Nepali Mandate Prashant Jha
A People on the Run Rajan Hoole
God and the Gospel of Globalisation Meera Nanda
Why Pakistan is not a Nation Pervez Hoodbhoy
A Tibet of the Mind Tenzing Sonam
Subsumed by History and Nation Afsan Chowdhury

The best of Himal... a good reader to dip into...what strikes one the most while going through the book is the relevance of these essays to our times, the realities they present to the reader impact our politics, society and culture some 15-20 years later.

Frontline, 25 January 2013

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ISBN: 9788132109006