Vol 5, No 1 (2017)

Spring 2017

5 1 2017

The editorial team is pleased to publish Volume 5, Issue 1, and overall tenth instalment. This issue features articles covering both colonial and contemporary formations of ethnic politics in Sri Lanka; the Madheshi uprising, Tharuhat movement, and ethnic politics in Nepal; and in India, a study of regional folk stories found in various vernacular expressions of the Mahābhārata; Cold War-era politics in Kerala; and the role of Sikh refugees in ethno-nationalism in the Indian Punjab. This issue also features the first ever international academic journal collection devoted to the study of contemporary Naga society, and we hope this may inspire future scholarship on the Naga indigenous communities in the Indo-Burmese borderlands. The South Asianist is proud to publish its articles as open-access, which, among many other advantages, has the pivotal benefit that articles are easily downloadable by respondents and interlocutors. 

The classic South Asianist cover design is by Heid Jerstad (former co-editor) and artist Lauren Lee; and this issue's cover image is a photograph taken in 2014 by British anthropologist Edward Moon-Little, of an elder Naga woman from northern Nagaland state with a distinctive facial tattoo.

Table of Contents

Special Section - Nagas in the 21st century

Introduction to Nagas in the 21st Century PDF
Jelle JP Wouters, Michael Heneise
Colonial rule, Christianity and sociocultural (dis)continuities among the Sumi Naga PDF
Iliyana Angelova
Prayers from the Kuki-Naga conflict: living through violence in Manipur PDF
Asojini Rachel Kashena
Making dreams, making relations: dreaming in Angami Naga society PDF
Michael Heneise
The headhunting culture of the Nagas: reinterpreting the self PDF
Venusa Tinyi
Who is a Naga village? The Naga 'village republic' through the ages PDF
Jelle JP Wouters
Christian conversion, the rise of Naga national consciousness, and Naga nationalist politics PDF
Shonreiphy Longvah
Masculinity in the margins: men and identity in twenty-first century Nagaland PDF
Matthew Wilkinson
Continuity and change in Hao Naga Festivals PDF
Somingam Mawon
From traditional tools and local spirits to digital tools and new interpretations: reflections on artistic practice in Nagaland PDF
Tara Douglas


A hundred grains of rice: regional Mahābhārata stories in performance PDF
Srinivas Reddy
Re-territorialisation of persecuted identity: Sikh refugee contribution towards ethno-national conflict in Indian Punjab PDF
Shyamal Kataria
Dismissal of the first Communist ministry in Kerala and the role of extraneous agencies PDF
Ajayan T
Politicising ethnicity: Tharu contestation of Madheshi identity in Nepal's Tarai PDF
Krishna Pandey
Recipe for assimilation: national integration, the ethnic other and the evolution of Kandyan consciousness in Sri Lanka PDF
Hasini Lecamwasam
Justice in divided societies: the role of competing narratives in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice landscape PDF
Nipunika O. Lecamwasam
'Butterflies taking down giants': the impact of Facebook on regime transformation in Sri Lanka PDF
Samal Vimukthi Hemachandra