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Performing pluralism: why the BJP wants Muslim friends

In our guest series on South Asia, a look at how the BJP tries to detoxify its Hindu nationalist image with calculated appeals to select Muslim groups.

Q&A: Supalak Ganjanakhundee on Thailand’s week of chaos

The editor of "The Nation" talks to New Mandala.

Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

The idea that China will “bail out” Cambodia if the West applies sanctions is fanciful, and the government knows it.

LIVE: Thailand Uncharted

Realtime election-related reprisals, reactions and randomness.

How Deng and his heirs misunderstood Singapore

Chinese elites have looked to Singapore as a model throughout much of the reform era, but have failed to understand what made the city-state tick.

Thailand’s first elections in the post-Bhumibol era

On the prospects for a durable authoritarian politics after the 'Bhumibol Consensus'.

Did Duterte change the rules of Philippine elections?

Dutertismo still hasn’t fundamentally changed how political power is sought and won.

Introducing the New Mandala Indonesia Correspondent Fellows

Exploring the politics of policy, and policy in politics, during the 2019 elections.

An end-of-2018 letter from the editor

A year of growth and experimentation at New Mandala, with an even bigger year ahead.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

Habib Bahar’s fifteen minutes of infamy

An eccentric—and violent—Islamic preacher has been catapulted to fame in Indonesia after becoming a target of the authorities.

Enjoining moderation: the online self-presentations of the MILF [Part II]

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front struggles to sustain a dual image of moderation and militancy.

Enjoining moderation: the online self-presentations of the MILF [Part I]

In its rhetoric the MILF "is forced to walk a tightrope between two extremes", seeking credibility as a negotiator and as champion of Islam.

The uncomfortable intimacies of ‘Tao Po’

"We are drawn into the lives of four characters, each with a separate monologue"

‘Tao Po’: More than collateral damage

The play highlights "raw and conflicted stories based on real lives in the drug war".

‘Tao Po’: Is anyone there?

"Tao Po invites us to listen to four people’s intimate accounts of the [Philippines'] drug war."

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia

A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.

Rebellion and regret: talking to rural voters after GE14

The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.

audiopelago: a podcast about Indonesia

Listen to New Mandala's monthly Indonesia podcast.

The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal

The Nuon Chua and Khieu Samphan verdicts are likely a fitting end for the ECCC and its complicated legacy.

Women at the Water’s Edge: lives of women in a climate changed world

In India's Sundarbans, climate change is fundamentally transforming the everyday lives of women living in remote chars, or river islands.

Welcoming ‘Near West’ to New Mandala

New Mandala will be home to a South Asia guest section in the lead up to India's general elections.

Death by sewage: clean-ups, caste and contracts in India

A lasting, cleaner India depends on undermining the enduring belief that removal of tainted things is the responsibility of people who are born to the task.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.