Category: South Asia Studies

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Indonesia, South Asia Studies

Muslims versus Muslims in the 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election

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Indonesia is set to hold its presidential election on April 19, 2019. The occasion is the most important democratic event for the people as they will choose a candidate to lead the country until 2024. The excitement of welcoming this democratic exercise can be felt throughout the country. The candidates include the incumbent President Joko […]

India, South Asia Studies

A quiet death: Uttar Pradesh’s rural public health system at the cross roads under Modicare

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The hierarchy of public healthcare facilities in India has been the bedrock of India’s health system since independence. However, the future of the public sector in rural north India is decidedly unclear following the announcement of Ayushman Bharat (long-lived India) by the current Modi government, known informally as Modicare. While the strength of the public […]

ASAA books, South Asia Studies, Sri Lanka

Civil War Subjectivities: Space, Social Change and Ethnicised Violence in Sri Lanka

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“…never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee” (John Donne, Meditation 17) The Sri Lankan civil war has been reviewed and debated by many scholars who argue its rootedness in historic enmities, its evolution from an ethnicised consciousness and its more immediate political struggles in relation to diasporic and party […]

South Asia Studies

Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories at the University of Sydney

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“[I]n a supremely ambivalent gesture, the future Buddha leaves behind the many subaltern women who literally define his princely existence to seek a new transcendent state. Is this a protofeminist act or simply another in the apparently limitless reinventions of phallocentrism?” The question—taken from Ashley Thompson’s keynote lecture, which launched the Gender in Southeast Asian […]

ASAA books, Nepal, South Asia Studies

Transitional Justice in Nepal: Interests, Victims and Agency

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Transitional Justice in Nepal: Interests, Victims and Agency has recently been published by Routledge as part of the Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asian Series. In the Maoist heartland in Rolpa I met a female ex-combatant from the People’s Liberation Army (the Maoist rebels’ army). She explained to me that before the conflict […]

South Asia Studies

ASAA 2018 Conference – Day 3

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Here on Asian Currents we’ll be hosting an account of each day’s online activity around the ASAA conference to give you a glimpse of what’s on offer at this year’s conference. Before diving into the Day 3 content from the ASAA conference, we would like to express gratitude to everyone who attended and presented this […]