Editorial

Special Issue: The 2014 Indian elections

In response to the recent swearing in of Narenda Modi as India’s 15th prime minister, SAMAR releases this special issue which takes a deeper look at the differences between rhetoric and reality, and the connections between communalism and neoliberalism.


The Pitfalls of Language Politics in Bangladesh

A High Court ruling seeks to eliminate any distortions of the Bangla language on television or radio channels.  The ruling is absurd and dangerous and can present real challenges to the freedom of press in Bangladesh.  Part of SASI's (South Asia Solidarity Initiative) monthly series that explores current social justices issues in South Asia.  

Policing Sex

This issue on Policing Sex explores the wider context of the criminalization of homosexuality in India, as well as visions put forth to challenge heterosexism, the police state, and misogyny. 

The Art of Politics

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we wanted to share our perspectives on crafting this vibrant issue, which features poetry by Bushra Rehman, Purvi Shah, YaliniDream  and Ather Zia, along with a photo essay by Sabelo Narasimhan. Together, these pieces highlight the diversity of voices in the diaspora, ranging from Narasimhan’s visual documentation of protests against New York City’s Stop-and-Frisk policy to Rehman’s tongue-in-cheek take on break-ups.

Methods of Dis-Organization

Where have the South Asians gone?

Kathmandu Rises Up

The recent revolution in Nepal was not just an organic uprising of the people of Kathmandu, but one that has been at work for almost two decades with particular roots among the poor peoples of rural Nepal.

Dear Thomas Friedman, You're Wrong (Again)

"Muslim bodies must once again be shamed, blamed, and asked to apologize in Thomas Friedman's "Calling All Pakistanis". Omer Shah calls out Friedman's decontextualizing of larger geopolitical strategies and relationships."

Pacts and Impacts

Introduction to Issue 17

Hum Kar Sakte Hain?

Can we South Asians do it too or have we become an apathetic community? There was a notable absence of South Asians in the recent immigration protests. Where are the connections amongst the many issues immigrant communities are fighting against?

The Harm of Hype

The mainstream media's manipulation of the events of November 26 has set the tone for increased belligerence and hawkish strategies by the state. However the people of Mumbai find themselves in a more complex predicament as they try to make sense of what happened.

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