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Podcast from Himal Southasian, the region's pioneering magazine of politics and culture.

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The Southasian Conversation: Episode 2 - Arts on the streets

12/10/2018
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As artists from all across Southasia gathered for Amnesty’s first ‘Arts for Rights’ festival here in Colombo, we seized the opportunity to talk to some of them. Editor Aunohita Mojumdar was in conversation with Maldivian photographer Dhahau Naseem, whose first-ever exhibition captured intense moments of confrontation between the Maldivian people and the Maldivian state. Her photographs provide a visual documentary of the years of repressive autocracy in the Maldives, which recently voted...

Duration:00:21:46

Interview with Reetika Khera on the Indian Supreme Court's verdict on Aadhaar

10/1/2018
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On 26 September 2018, India’s Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Aadhaar, the country’s controversial biometric national-identification programme. The ruling has, however, placed limits on its use by private entities, making it illegal for them to mandate it for providing services. Over the years, the project has faced criticism for enabling surveillance and invasions of privacy. In this episode of Himal Interviews, we talk to Reetika Khera – professor of economics at the Indian...

Duration:00:20:47

Interview with former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed

9/21/2018
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With the Maldives’ third multiparty presidential election just days away, we caught up with former President Mohamed Nasheed on the sidelines of a press conference held in Colombo on 21 September. In the brief audio chat with our Editor Aunohita Mojumdar, Nasheed talked about the challenges facing the country’s democratic process and the difficult circumstances under which his party had had to organise. He also spoke about his uncomfortable but pragmatic alliance with former president and...

Duration:00:09:53

Himal Interview: Radhika Coomaraswamy on Myanmar

9/19/2018
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On 18 September 2018, the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released its full findings detailing evidence of Myanmar army’s crimes against humanity. Building on its report of 27 August, detailing the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military’s involvement in crimes against humanity, the UN report has called for investigation into the crimes that could amount to genocide, and the removal of the military from political and civilian life, and said that democratic...

Duration:00:26:40

'Erasure': A poem by Nabina Das, read by the author

8/27/2018
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Erasure (A poem by Nabina Das, from 'Sanskarnama: Poetry for our times', read by the author) Take an eraser. See the damage in the name of corrections. A swipe to unthinkingness. Take a white page. Slowly blow out the black letters – some anyway hang by their cursive tendrils – from the whiteness. A little green a little torn. I’m talking of books and histories our heads full of winter’s tales. I’m talking of children’s faces that have forgotten our justice songs. Take the darkest ink and...

Duration:00:00:55

The Southasian Conversation: Women in media

8/1/2018
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Once perceived as neutral, journalists are being increasingly targeted deliberately, often in violent attacks. In 2017, 65 journalists were killed, ten of them women. Women journalists face additional challenges, their very presence in public spaces often provoking hostility, and the new threats from cyber-violence impacting them disproportionately. When three well-established media professionals – with Najiba Ayubi of Killid Media from Kabul; Subina Shrestha, a journalist and filmmaker from...

Duration:00:29:47

Himal Interviews: Beena Sarwar on Pakistan elections

7/26/2018
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Millions of Pakistanis have just voted in the country's general elections. Though the electoral process has been marred by allegations of fraud and undue interference by the military, it is also a significant step, marking the second consecutive democratic transition of power. We spoke to senior journalist and long time Himal contributor Beena Sarwar about what the elections mean for the country. For more, go to : http://himalmag.com/himal-interviews-beena-sarwar-on-pakistan-elections/

Duration:00:17:11

Himal Interviews: Rana Ayyub on the dangers of doing journalism in India

7/4/2018
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In May 2018, the United Nation’s human-rights experts called on the Indian government “to act urgently to protect journalist Rana Ayyub,” who had received death threats after a hate campaign was directed against her on social media. An independent journalist, Ayyub has documented alleged crimes committed by public officials, including in her 2016 Gujarat Files, which investigated the complicity of politicians, bureaucrats and police in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom when Prime Minister Narendra...

Duration:00:10:16

Poems by Kamala Das

7/2/2018
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“Women should be seen and not heard” was, and in some contexts continues to be, an oft-repeated talisman in schools, households and public spaces. These four poets dared to be heard and the timelessness of their expression and in their articulation of the joys and trials of womanhood, their voices transcend geographies and politics. More here: http://himalmag.com/podcast-women-poets-daak-vaak/ Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia.

Duration:00:01:52

Himal Interviews: Onaiza Drabu and Prachi Jha on their literary project 'Daak'

7/2/2018
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In this interview, we bring you Onaiza Drabu and Prachi Jha, who talked to us of their literary project, Daak (daak.co.in), and the challenges and joys of exploring poetry from Southasia. More here: http://himalmag.com/podcast-women-poets-daak-vaak/ Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia. ---------------------------------------------------- Intro and outro music derived from 'Ways of Rahjan' by Ask Again from Free Music Archive.

Duration:00:11:03

Poems by Habba Khatoon

7/2/2018
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“Women should be seen and not heard” was, and in some contexts continues to be, an oft-repeated talisman in schools, households and public spaces. These four poets dared to be heard and the timelessness of their expression and in their articulation of the joys and trials of womanhood, their voices transcend geographies and politics. More here: http://himalmag.com/podcast-women-poets-daak-vaak/ Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia.

Duration:00:01:40

Poems by Mahadevi Varma

7/2/2018
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“Women should be seen and not heard” was, and in some contexts continues to be, an oft-repeated talisman in schools, households and public spaces. These four poets dared to be heard and the timelessness of their expression and in their articulation of the joys and trials of womanhood, their voices transcend geographies and politics. More here: http://himalmag.com/podcast-women-poets-daak-vaak/ Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia.

Duration:00:03:23

Poems by Amrita Pritam

7/2/2018
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“Women should be seen and not heard” was, and in some contexts continues to be, an oft-repeated talisman in schools, households and public spaces. These four poets dared to be heard and the timelessness of their expression and in their articulation of the joys and trials of womanhood, their voices transcend geographies and politics. More here: http://himalmag.com/podcast-women-poets-daak-vaak/ Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia.

Duration:00:02:37

Himal Interviews: Annie Zaman on being denied entry to India

6/13/2018
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Pakistani writer and researcher Annie Zaman was looking forward to participating in a conference at the Ashoka University in Haryana in July 2018, when the plans were scuppered by India’s Ministry of External Affairs. When the University sought clearance for the participants – as all conference organisers are now required to do in India – the Ministry said it would approve all applicants with the exception of those from Pakistan. Researchers and scholars from 56 of the 57 countries were...

Duration:00:17:57

Lepidoptera: A poem by Subhashini Kaligotla

5/16/2018
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Poet Subhashini Kaligotla reads her poem 'Lepidoptera' from her 2018 collection of poetry ‘Bird of the Indian Subcontinent’, published by The(Great)Indian Poetry Collective. Read Lora Tomas in conversation with poet Subhashini Kaligotla here: http://himalmag.com/poems-are-spells-an-interview-with-subhashini-kaligotla/ Visit our website for more on Southasian politics and culture: www.himalmag.com Photo courtesy: Sarada Natarajan

Duration:00:01:11

'Where is Arsalan Miyan?' A Short Story by Juanita Kakoty

4/30/2018
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'Where is Arsalan Miyan?' A short story by Juanita Kakoty, read by Himal Southasian's editor Aunohita Mojumdar. Text of the fiction available here: http://himalmag.com/where-is-arsalan-miyan-short-story-juanita-kakoty/ Go to www.himalmag.com for more on politics and culture in Southasia. ---------------------------------------------------- Intro and outro music derived from 'Islamatronic cantilliation' by The Orientalist from Free Music Archive.

Duration:00:13:19