The difference between riots and protests has more to do with who and where than what.
Two Letters on the Uprising in France.
Imagine a democratic protest where a million Indian farmers, labourers and others march to the capital and compel discussion of the exploding crisis of the countryside in a special three-week session of Parliament.
Urvashi Butalia writes about the times she met and worked with the Bangladeshi photojournalist, who was granted bail by the High Court in Dhaka after 102 days of detention.
Violent resistance is often cathartic and seductive. But, it can have drastic consequences.
For years, the Maoist insurgents of India have tried to make in roads into the northeast, but in vain.
The right-wing catchphrase "Urban Naxal" that is being used to discredit anti-establishment voices in India finds great relevance in the country's main anti-terror law.
The recent protests over road safety in Bangladesh after the death of two young students in Dhaka were a blunt expression of popular anger against an apathetic administration.