Special Issue of Asian Survey: Ethnic Subnationalist Movements in Contemporary South Asia
January 5, 2010
By presenting fresh research into eight subnationalist movements in contemporary South Asia, the recently released special issue of Asian Survey
(49:6, November/December 2009) explores one of the most important and fragile regions in the world.
Disaffected minority groups in South Asia are finding new ways to redress grievances and press for autonomy--ranging from party elections to guerrilla warfare. In some cases, a group’s actions reflect frustration with social, political, or economic imbalances as national boundaries shift. In others, these movements arise as a direct response to oppressive government policies or the intense competition between political elites. While they are often seen simplistically as purely religious or ethnic movements, the reality among these subnational groupings is frequently much more complex.
With coverage ranging from the Pushtun on the Afghan-Pakistan border to the Jumma in eastern Bangladesh, and from the ongoing insurgency in Kashmir along the nuclear-armed Indo-Pakistan border to the recently defeated Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, this special issue of Asian Survey
reports fresh, contemporary research by nine top scholars of subnationalist movements. Compiled and edited by South Asia political specialist Dr. Jugdep S. Chima, the journal’s associate editor, these detailed essays offer insights into one of the world’s most important and fragile areas, where violence often threatens to erupt across national boundaries to affect the region and beyond.
For more information, including a complete table of contents for this special issue, please see http://www.ucpressjournals.com/journal.php?j=as