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Category Archives: South Asia

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Moghul flowers, Shahjehanabad, Delhi

Uch Sharif, Pakistan

The decaying shrines of Uch Sharif
Today, Uch Sharif is not quite a conserved heritage landscape, is barely a pilgrim site, and hardly a tourist destination. Still, the place is powerful, inspiring and confounding. It remains largely unclear how much of a centre Uch really was for learning and exchange between early Islam and India. [...]

Shrine of Baha-ud-Din Zakaria, Multan, Pakistan, 3 March 2007

A shrine in Multan

The spirit of Multan is in its dust. Melancholic dryness is a constant ache in Multan. This way station between Persia and India has lost so much. It was here, five centuries ago, that one of the last Zoroastrian fire temples in the Punjab was destroyed by the upstart [...]

The Graves of Kalam, Swat Valley, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan

The Graves of Kalam

Two ridges over from Afghanistan and some of the fiercest and most persistent zones of conflict in the south and central Asia, Kalam and surrounding parts of the upper Swat Valley of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province are seeing an escalating cultural and religious conflict that is even extending to graveyards. [...]

The Hunza Gardens of Disappearing Glaciers, Northern Areas, Pakistan, May, 2006

Gardens below Rakaposhi between Gilgit and Karimabad, Nothern Areas, Pakistan, 25 May 2006, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram.

Over the last several thousand years, tribal farmers, orchardists in particular, have taken advantage of the melting glaciers in the headwaters of South Asia to create exceptionally artificial, well-designed, and dynamic agro-ecosystems. The Hunza, [...]

Astore Valley, Kashmir, Pakistan, 21 May 2006

Elephant drinking ramp, Hiran Minar, Sheikapura, Punjab, Pakistan

Mohammad Azeem, Char Diwari south of Sloee, Salt Range, Punjab, Pakistan

transmigrasi: speed & politics - rainforest destruction and transmigration camps, Sumatra, April 1986

Until well into the 1990s, the government of Indonesia was taking large amounts of loans from international agencies, such as The World Bank, for transmigration projects to clear the rainforests of frontier areas of its larger islands including Sumatra. Javanese settlers were enticed onto these lands often to face difficult conditions and economic ruin [...]