Springtime in Kashmir: A Tale of Two Protests

The Kashmir valley experienced a painful, unsuccessful armed movement for national self-determination against Indian rule from 1989-2002. [1]  While a ceasefire was declared in 2002, Kashmir’s political future continues to be mired in uncertainty, caught between the national interests of Pakistan and India.   Despite the end of the armed struggle, the vast majority of Kashmiris aspire to the yet-unfulfilled promise


Book review: Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific

Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific: Histories of Responses to Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases

Edited by Milton J. Lewis and Kerrie L. MacPherson

Routledge Publishing, 2012

322 pp., US $155.00 (hardback)


The phrase “double disease burden” is one that has been increasingly used in modern public health discussions.  The concept applies to “developing …


SMA Panel: Production, Distribution and Consumption of Pharmaceuticals–South Asia Focus

In the final SMA session I will summarize, the work of three of the panelists (Roger Jeffery, Ian Harper and Stefan Ecks) adds to a long-term collective project at the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. The project is entitled “Tracing Pharmaceuticals in South Asia,” and its aim is to “provide …