Literature Can Displace Anthropology

Literature Can Displace Anthropology

August 31, 2018 on Counterpunch.org When I found myself well into my career as an anthropologist specializing in Himalayan peoples, I came across an historical episode concerning two no-longer living but obviously brilliant women who had performed remarkable political feats…

Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?

Can Nepal Realistically Look to China as an Alternative Trade Partner?

January 4, 2019 on Counterpunch.org Three sturdy trekkers step out of a van and hoist top-heavy blue, green and orange rucksacks onto their backs. The two young women and a man then set off on foot, headed to one of…

How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?

How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?

January 16, 2019 on Counterpunch.org “Every family has someone outside.” Conversations about Nepal’sdysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million– either way, a sizable slice in a population…

Tibetan Manuscript Maps of Dingri Valley

Tibetan Manuscript Maps of Dingri Valley

Originally published in The Canadian Cartographer, Vol 12.1. 1975 An examination of Dingri Valley Tibetan maps. Townscapes of the area are discussed, and, throughout the paper attention is drawn to the attitudes underlying those formal aspects of Tibetan drawings, identifying…

The Story of Pha Dampa Sangyas’ Journey to Tibet

The Story of Pha Dampa Sangyas’ Journey to Tibet

Published in The Tibet Society Bulletin, 1975, Volume 9, The Tibet Society, Indiana University. By B Nimri Aziz, with translation assistance by G. Lobsang. ( Reproduced in full by BN Aziz from author’s hardcopy, 2020) Pha Dampa Sangyas was the…

April: Promising and Annoying April

by Barbara Nimri Aziz April, 2015 Counterpunch.org April is a difficult month in northeastern US. By difficult, I mean it’s annoying and at the same time promising. Promising because it marks the end of winter’s discomforts. Yet real comfort and…