South Asia Studies

South Asia Studies

Linking Student Mobility With Employability: Barriers And Possibilities

From a report on a cross-sector student mobility roundtable, released March 26 by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. University students today are encouraged by both government and universities to incorporate overseas learning experiences into their degrees with the aim of improving employment chances. However, a report by The Japan Foundation, Sydney indicates that the links between student …

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Muslims versus Muslims in the 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election

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 …

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

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 …

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

“…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 …

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Gender in Southeast Asian Art Histories at the University of Sydney

“[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 …

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Transitional Justice in Nepal: Interests, Victims and Agency

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 …

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