The South Asianist Journal <p><em>The South Asianist Journal</em>&nbsp;is <span class=" author-d-1gg9uz65z1iz85zgdz68zmqkz84zo2qovvz79zvsri7z84zpz89zoz122zbz88zz89z1z88zz71zz81zwz77zc3z67zudympxz78z">an open-access, peer-reviewed,</span> interdisciplinary journal examining <span class=" author-d-1gg9uz65z1iz85zgdz68zmqkz84zo2qovvz79zvsri7z84zpz89zoz122zbz88zz89z1z88zz71zz81zwz77zc3z67zudympxz78z">socio-economic, political, cultural and religious </span>phenomena 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 complemented by flexible formats such as photo essays, and short documentary films. Among the many advantages of our open access policy is that, while authors retain copyright, our publications are free to view or download anytime, anywhere, by anyone with a basic internet connection.</p> en-US <p><img src="//" alt="Creative Commons License"> <br> This is an Open Access journal. All material is licensed under a <a href="">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)</a> licence, unless otherwise stated.<br>Please read our <a href="/southasianist/about/policies#openAccessPolicy">Open Access, Copyright and Permissions policies</a> for more information.</p> (The Editorial Team) (Scholarly Communications Team, Edinburgh University Library) Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:54:20 +0100 OJS 60 Exploring Migration and Disaster Nexus <p>The nexus between migration and disaster has commonly been referred to in previous researches. In particular, previous studies often describe migration as a coping strategy for climate and water-induced disasters (WID). Yet, limited studies have explored the role of migration in triggering disaster and intensifying the risk and exposure of communities to such events. Considering this research gap, this study aims to assess the linkage between internal and external migration and disaster events. Employing qualitative research methods and taking the Extended East Rapti River Watershed located in Chitwan and Makwanpur districts of Nepal as a case, this study indicates that unmanaged internal migration in the study area has increased the prospects of WID and its risk in the region. These instances were mainly due to over-exploitation of resources and change in land-use practices in the Chure region and Tarai. Likewise, haphazard growth of urban and semi-urban areas, expansion of settlements in hazardous areas, and an increase in built-up areas in the watershed have further contributed to an increase in incidences of WID as well as the risk, exposure, and vulnerability of the residents to such events. The research also reveals that poor governance to manage the process of migration and urbanization is largely responsible for this phenomenon than the migrants alone. Finally, this article suggests not undermining the role of different types of migration and their governance while studying the migration-disaster nexus.</p> Sanju Koirala, Dr., Shristi Shakya, Gitta Shrestha, Mina Adhikari, Dr. ##submission.copyrightStatement## Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:59:51 +0100 Madeleine Slade (Mirabehn): A Pilgrimage <p>When two cultures come into contact with each other, there is a play of power and supremacy. This is a social reality and something that people have to deal with not only in the socio-political sense, but also in emotional states. Gandhi and Slade’s relationship shows the reality of emotional unrest. This perhaps is overlooked when there are bigger social and political problems lurking around. This paper attempts to understand the journey of Gandhi and Madeline Slade though the correspondence they shared.</p> Imsurenla T Jamir ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 08 Nov 2021 17:02:16 +0000 The Nectar of the Master's Speech <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The famous spiritual personality of mid-Victorian Bengal, Sri Ramakrishna (monastic name of Gadadhar Chattopadhyay) was, like Socrates of Hellenic Athens, an oral prophet.&nbsp; His method of teaching and preaching was through informal and homely homilies and anecdotes.&nbsp; These, compiled and subsequently published by his devotee Mahendranath Gupta (<em>alias</em> SriM), have been translated from the original Bāṅglā into numerous languages of India and the world titled as <em>Ramakrishna Kathāmṛta</em>.&nbsp; The contents of this compilation have universally been considered deeply spiritual albeit delivered in <em>patois</em> Bengali befitting the nearly illiterate speaker.&nbsp; There are no studies, hagiographical or hermeneutical, examining the Master’s neologisms and his natural gift as a <em>tusitala</em>, that is a story-maker and storyteller, and interrogating the much-publicized spiritual subtext of his <em>logia</em>.&nbsp; This paper addresses the lacunae of what may be called <em>Rāmakṛṣṇāyana</em>, that, Ramakrishna-related literature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Narasingha Prosad Sil ##submission.copyrightStatement## Thu, 16 Dec 2021 10:43:06 +0000 Simic's Shoes <div>This is a short essay that pays tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic who turned 92 on 9th May.The article looks at one poem by Simic routed through the vision of Van Gogh and the reality of the 16 deaths of migrant workers on the railway track in Maharashtra, India, on 8th May.</div> <div><img src="/public/site/images/debasish73/a-pair-of-shoes-1886.jpg">The article looks at one poem by Simic routed through the vision of Van Gogh and the reality of the 16 deaths on the railway track on 8th May.</div> Debasish Lahiri ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 04 Oct 2021 20:27:47 +0100 The Ramayana: A Stage Play and A Screen Play <p>This is a book review of Bashabi Fraser's book <em>The Ramayana: A Stage Play and a Screen Play</em></p> Somdatta Mandal ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:52:46 +0100 Critical Lives <p>Book review.&nbsp;</p> Malashri Lal ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 03 May 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Unveiling the Lost Voices <p><em>Interrogating Identities: Tribals in Bengali Short Stories </em>published by the Centre of Excellence, Department of Odia, Visva-Bharati, Santinketan and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi and translated by Dr Saptarshi Mallick aims at unveiling the&nbsp;&nbsp; lost and suppressed voices of the subaltern. The book has simultaneously worked as a guide that has stimulated scholars in to venturing deeper into the world of ‘the other’ and as a delightful read for book lovers covering all genres. The book admits that it is only a medium through which the subaltern is speaking and does not claim to be their messiah or savior. It moves methodically, showing us census and data and by looking at them we realize the immense poverty and poor standards of living in which the indigenous people reside. In spite of being a research project, it also appeals to our emotion. The narrative moves effortlessly and as a reader it can be affirmed that the translator has done a phenomenal job in translating and to certain extent trans-creating the subject matter.</p> <p>In my review I have tried to emphasize how the book, with the help of textual examples, has facilitated to voice the unheard stories from the margin and acknowledge it as an insider.</p> Debapriti Sengupta ##submission.copyrightStatement## Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:38:38 +0100 Chipko and Beyond <p>Written in a chronological order, the book has various thematic overlaps. Embracing them, and placing the book in the larger contemporary political context, I offer a critical review of the book. In the first sub-section, I analyse the formation and deformation of the movement as presented in the middle and last chapters of the book. In the second sub-section, I explore the role of the state apparatuses as presented throughout the book. In the third sub-subsection, I explore the politics of 'outsiders' in framing the movement, which is, again, illustrated throughout the book. I conclude the review by offering the only lack and flaw that I could find in the magnificently grounded account of the Chipko Movement.</p> Yogesh Upadhyay ##submission.copyrightStatement## Wed, 25 Aug 2021 06:07:10 +0100