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From the Editors

This issue focuses on cities in South Asia, not as a generic category but rather as a symbolic and political constellation loaded with complex histories and contemporary dynamics

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Soft obstacles in a hard city

Notwithstanding real threats and dangers, Muslim women in Karachi are daily asserting their right to the city

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Cities in Tension

Towns and cities across Afghanistan reflect the resilience and dynamism of their inhabitants, but also highlight basic urban challenges

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Reaching for the Universe

Plans by Delhi’s state water utility to create universal access to water across the city highlights tensions between legislation, planning and social justice

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In Other Words

Words like slum and informal settlement fail to communicate how power, space and resources are produced in unequal cities

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A death in the family

A beacon for regional solidarity and critical thought for more than a quarter century, the Nepal-based magazine Himal Southasian abruptly stopped printing in late 2016

Puja Sen

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A Walk on the wild side of Calcutta

Bengali music has played an increasingly prominent role in Calcutta’s musical history since India’s independence in 1947

RUPLEENA BOSE

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Re-invention, but to what end?

Once a garden city, Dhaka’s growth has outpaced notions of order or sustainability

KASHEF CHOWDHURY

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"We are students, not customers!!"

Are India's universities up to the challenge of educating the youngest population in the world?

Kavya Murthy

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Cinema, Not Software

Big wins at Cannes changed the game for animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao, but also didn’t

Arpita Das

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The City That Isn't

After a flurry of multi-million dollar projects, Hambantota’s ambition to become a key Sri Lankan city has stalled. What went wrong?

MARYAM AZWER

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Seeing and Not Believing

Bangladesh is officially a secular nation but has a state religion. This contradiction feeds into its turbulent politics, which has made life in the capital Dhaka far less certain and social

IKHTISAD AHMED

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Tales at the Pump

Muslim refugees from Myanmar live in slum settlements scattered across South Asia. We profile one precarious community of mostly women, who survive along a riverbank in south Delhi

Neha Dixit

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Majority World Image

After returning to Bangladesh in 1984, Shahidul Alam forged a stellar career in photography, education and social activism that is shifting the way South Asian countries are portrayed

Zeeshan Khan

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Watching Traffic

In a country whose story is dominated by traders, clerics, soldiers and development bureaucrats, Kabul’s gridlocked roads offer a new way to retell a distinctly Afghani history

Taran Khan

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