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.
The editor of "The Nation" talks to New Mandala.
The idea that China will “bail out” Cambodia if the West applies sanctions is fanciful, and the government knows it.
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.
On the prospects for a durable authoritarian politics after the 'Bhumibol Consensus'.
Dutertismo still hasn’t fundamentally changed how political power is sought and won.
Exploring the politics of policy, and policy in politics, during the 2019 elections.
A year of growth and experimentation at New Mandala, with an even bigger year ahead.
Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.
An eccentric—and violent—Islamic preacher has been catapulted to fame in Indonesia after becoming a target of the authorities.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front struggles to sustain a dual image of moderation and militancy.
In its rhetoric the MILF "is forced to walk a tightrope between two extremes", seeking credibility as a negotiator and as champion of Islam.
"We are drawn into the lives of four characters, each with a separate monologue"
The play highlights "raw and conflicted stories based on real lives in the drug war".
"Tao Po invites us to listen to four people’s intimate accounts of the [Philippines'] drug war."
A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.
The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.
The Nuon Chua and Khieu Samphan verdicts are likely a fitting end for the ECCC and its complicated legacy.
In India's Sundarbans, climate change is fundamentally transforming the everyday lives of women living in remote chars, or river islands.
New Mandala will be home to a South Asia guest section in the lead up to India's general elections.
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.
The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.