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Pandemic, Protests, and Workers: India and Sri Lanka Considered

The climate of protest currently characterising India and Sri Lanka continues to receive staccato scholarly attention with barely any attempt to peak into either contemporary history or significant workers’ participation by way of explanation. Both regimes have pushed the pandemic as the proximate reason for the economic downturn in their countries even though the individual national trajectories have been vastly different. Our attempt is to evaluate the recent spate of public protests in both locations as continuities in public response to the larger injustices of policy that have characterised these contexts. While we do not do an explicit comparison, the presence of a few factors that offer some similarities in understanding the contemporary scenario in both locations have been mobilised in this effort. In doing so, we take a longer view of workers who have also been part of the protesting public but have rarely been acknowledged as such.

Class, Gender, Race, and Muslimness in the Production of Muslim South Asia’s Safarnama

The World in Words: Travel Writing and the Global Imagination in Muslim South Asia by Daniel Joseph Majchrowicz, London: Cambridge University Press, 2023; pp 300, `1,295.

Reading ‘India Way’ in the Neighbourhood First Policy

India’s Neighbourhood First Policy is guided by ideas of moral exceptionalism rooted in particular ci­vilisational framings, but is not without strategic pragma­tism, and the case of Sri Lanka is a case in point.

 

Globalisation and Higher Education Institutions in South Asia

Universities as Transformative Social Spaces: Mobilities and Mobilizations from South Asian Perspectives edited by Andrea Kölbel, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, and Susan Thieme; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022; pp x + 330, `1,695.

Community Radio

Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach by Preeti Raghunath, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020;
pp xxiii+ 
`370 (hardcover).

India has a Responsibility towards Myanmar Refugees in India

Since the military takeover of power in Myanmar at the beginning of last year, widespread violence, internal displacement, chaos, and human misery has set off a catastrophic refugee crisis in South Asia. As the military crackdown on protesting civilian shows no signs of abating, thousands of Myanmar citizens have left their homes without any hope of returning soon. Of those who fled Myanmar, many sought asylums in India. However, while India condemned the coup and the ongoing violence, it has shown scant regard to the protection of the rights of asylum-seekers. Even after a year since the coup, India refuses to accept those who crossed the border out of fear of persecution at the hands of the military as refugees. This article focuses on India’s obligations towards the refugees staying in the country. It argues that despite India being a non-signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, India’s constitutional principles, refugee-related judicial pronouncements, and the various international conventions it has adopted obligate it to protect the refugees on its soil.

India and the Indo-Pacific

Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific edited by E Sridharan, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2021; pp 487, `1,650.

A Feminist Foreign Policy for India?

In terms of representation, India has made significant strides towards gender parity in its political, diplomatic, and military institutions but performs worse than other countries with similar developmental profiles. While India has several gender-sensitive foreign aid programmes, they need to be diversified.

Maternal Deaths

Childbirth in South Asia: Old Challenges and New Paradoxes edited by Clémence Jullien and Roger Jeffery, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2021; pp 342, $75 (hardback).

An Anthology on Civil Society without Perspective

Re-Interrogating Civil Society in South Asia: Critical Perspectives from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh edited by Peter B Andersen, Rubya Mehdi and Amit Prakash, London: Routledge, 2021; pp 313 + xiii, $160.

Export Performance of South Asia

South Asia’s trade structure, trade potential, supply capacity, and global market access from 1991 to 2017 are examined through empirical research using trade indexes and gravity econometric estimation. The results broadly reflect a stagnant position of South Asia in the merchandised trade structure. South Asian economies have a comparative advantage in some sectors, which are common for them, and these became their competitive export domain. Depending on their relationship, rivalry may be beneficial. India has the highest export diversification, among other criteria, and must refocus on economic integration. The export potential exists while market access and supply capacity remain intact. As South Asia is a high-consumption economy, domestic issues should be handled tactfully and regional integration must be emphasised.

A Genuine Effort to Chronicle the Mughalpura Workers’ Movement

Revolution in Reform: Trade-Unionism in Lahore, c 1920–1970 by Ahmad Azhar, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2019; pp xiv + 248, `795 (hardcover).

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