The South Asianist

The South Asianist is a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal intended to spur critical debate on social, environmental, linguistic, religious, political and economic issues in South Asia. At its core is the vision to open research on and in South Asia to as wide an audience as possible. With this in mind, articles and reviews are complimented by experimental formats such as exploratory essays and video vignettes. The South Asianist Blog has been created to follow more week-to-week activities of fieldwork and is run by a dedicated Blog Editor and a team of regular contributors.

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Vol 3, No 2 (2015): Contingency and Subjectivity in South Asia

Table of Contents


Feasts of merit, election feasts or no feasts? On the politics of wining and dining in Nagaland, Northeast India PDF (LOW) PDF (HIGH)
Jelle J. P. Wouters
Who is speaking? co-option, authority, and envisioning the nation: women and narratives of sexual violence in conflict PDF (LOW) PDF (HIGH)
Alice Fitzsimons-Quail
Shyam Benegal's Zubeidaa: memory as 'voice' PDF (LOW) PDF (HIGH)
Shoma Ajoy Chatterji
Social inequality in the civil service and a review of affirmative action in Nepal
Tek Bahadur Dong
Layered homogeneities: Madhusudan Dutt and the dilemma of early Bengali theatre
Dhrupadi Chattopadhyay
‘We suffered the most’: Sikh refugee perspective on Partition
Shyamal Kataria


First Will and Testament - by Debasish Lahiri PDF (LOW) PDF (HIGH)
Bashabi Fraser

Exploratory Essays

Hindu heroes and Muslim others: an analysis of the portrayal of Partition in Kamal Haasan's Hey Ram (2000), Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), and M. S. Sathyu's Garam Hawa (1973). PDF (LOW) PDF (HIGH)
Cornelis Rijneveld
The 'avenging angel' and the 'nurturing mother': women and Hindu nationalism
Geetika Raman
Traditional governance in transition among the Yimchunger Naga of Northeast India
Francis Sebastian
Reading continuities and change in vernacular architecture among the Hao Naga
Somingam Mawon

Special Submissions

Viewpoint: the future of human rights in India PDF (LOW) PDF (HIGH)
Roger Jeffery

ISSN 2050-487X
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