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    India’s star shines bright: Assessing future potential on the 70th anniversary of independence

India’s star shines bright: Assessing future potential on the 70th anniversary of independence

On the eve of India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017, Arjun Bhatia discusses India’s potential for rapid economic growth, the question of ensuring inclusivity and the obstacles it faces in the global context. He writes that India’s ability to rise to these challenges depends on it harnessing its democratic dividend.

Amidst global economic challenges, “India’s star shines bright”. This […]

Looking forward to the first ever LSE Pakistan Summit

As the Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 approaches, Shema Bhujel reflects on LSE’s long-standing ties with Pakistan and introduces the four core topics that will be discussed as key issues which are shaping the future of this burgeoning nation.

LSE’s connections with Pakistan go back more than a century when its Founders – Sidney and Beatrice Webb – […]

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    “To give the British credit for things that were never intended to benefit India is a mistake” – Shashi Tharoor

“To give the British credit for things that were never intended to benefit India is a mistake” – Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India. While visiting LSE, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the need to challenge existing narratives about the British in India, the uniquely exploitative nature of the Raj and the legacies of Empire.

You write that the need to temper […]

How nudge units can aid development

As the Government of India moves forward with plans to establish a nudge unit, Feroza Sanjana outlines what this behavioural approach to policymaking actually entails. She writes that while nudging can provide a powerful tool for academia to generate real-world impact, there are some strong caveats against unbridled enthusiasm.

The news that the Modi government is setting up its very […]

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    India @ 70: From inauspicious beginnings to a superpower in the making

India @ 70: From inauspicious beginnings to a superpower in the making

India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 will feature panels discussing concerns relevant to India’s future while also exploring the key moments that have shaped the course of independent Indian history. Harish Alagappa looks back at the political and economic developments of the last 70 years.

Urban legends purport that sometime in early August 1947 a group of astrologers met […]

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    Supporting motherhood – or discouraging parenthood? A curious case of the extended maternity leave in India

Supporting motherhood – or discouraging parenthood? A curious case of the extended maternity leave in India

The Government of India’s recent move to increase maternity leave may have been a well-intentioned policy, but it has created a gap between costs to a company for male and female employees and reinforced traditional gender roles in childcare. Mitali Nikore analyses the weakness of the policy decision and makes recommendations on how it can be improved.

The Maternity Benefit […]

Local government and Pakistan’s reluctant political elite

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan made provisions for substantial devolution of power to provincial and local government. However, Asmat Kakar writes that provinces have been slow to establish local institutions, dragging their heels on holding elections and on handing over the necessary funds and power for the new bodies to function effectively. He makes suggestions as […]

March 16th, 2017|Featured, LSE, Politics|1 Comment|
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    “What we need to acknowledge from people like Iqbal is that you can have debate within a context of familiarity and friendship” – Bishop Nazir-Ali

“What we need to acknowledge from people like Iqbal is that you can have debate within a context of familiarity and friendship” – Bishop Nazir-Ali

In February Bishop Nazir-Ali was in conversation with Professor Javed Majeed at an event on the philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal co-hosted by the South Asia Centre and Bloomsbury Pakistan. During the Bishop’s visit to LSE, Sonali Campion interviewed him about the contemporary relevance of Iqbal’s writing, particularly in questions around the relationship between religion and the state.
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    Demonetisation was bad economics but as an act of vigilantism it served Modi well politically

Demonetisation was bad economics but as an act of vigilantism it served Modi well politically

People suffered but Maitreesh Ghatak writes that voting in the state elections may have been driven less by anger over the damage to immediate economic interests than by their belief that a ‘decisive’ Modi would make them better off in the long run.

How can one explain the stupendous success of Narendra Modi in leading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory […]

March 14th, 2017|Economy, Featured, LSE, Politics|Comments Off on Demonetisation was bad economics but as an act of vigilantism it served Modi well politically|

Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?

Indian mothers are all too frequently underweight during their pregnancies and unable to produce sufficient breastmilk when their babies are born, perpetuating malnutrition among their children. Swati Narayan writes that although there are provisions in place to address some of these issues, these have not been effectively implemented. What is more, the most recent budget threatens to restrict the […]

March 13th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Gender, Health, LSE|Comments Off on Where is the $2 billion for Indian mothers?|

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