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    In the diplomatic row over Qatar, New Delhi needs to prioritise its national interests

In the diplomatic row over Qatar, New Delhi needs to prioritise its national interests

Earlier this month, a number of countries severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding terrorism. However, Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva write these countries were motivated by external factors, and given that India has a large diaspora and extensive economic ties with Qatar it must ensure that it does not jeopardise the relationship unnecessarily.
How should New Delhi […]

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    Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Aadhaar and the Mid Day Meal Scheme: A denial of basic rights

Earlier this month, the government of the north Indian State of Uttar Pradesh announced children would require an Aadhaar card to claim food from the Mid Day Meal Scheme as of 30 June, in line with central government policy. As the cut-off point looms, Ananye Krishna writes that the move is legally questionable and risks denying millions of children […]

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    “India needs clarity about President Trump’s policy towards China because there have been a lot of contradictions” – Kanwal Sibal

“India needs clarity about President Trump’s policy towards China because there have been a lot of contradictions” – Kanwal Sibal

The LSE India Summit in March featured a session on India’s foreign policy, featuring experts including four former Indian diplomats. After the discussion, Rebecca Bowers caught up with Ambassador Kanwal Sibal to discuss India’s foreign policy in more detail, particularly in relation to Trump’s America, West Asia and Britain on the brink of Brexit. 
RB: In your opinion, how might […]

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    India should reconsider its decision not to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative

India should reconsider its decision not to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative

Following India’s decision not to attend the Belt and Road Initiative Conference in Beijing last month, Nafees Ahmad discusses the objections which may have motivated the boycott. He writes that in spite of its reservations, India would be well advised to engage with BRI as it stands to gain more by participating, despite the tensions in its bilateral relationship […]

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    “At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg

“At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg

Ahead of the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017, Philip K Oldenburg spoke at an alumni event at the British Council in Karachi on ‘Pakistan’s loyal opposition’. After the talk, Sonali Campion asked him about India and Pakistan’s divergent trajectories, and discussed the notion of the ‘semi-loyal opposition’ as a threat to democracies everywhere.
Your most recent book looks at India and […]

Why ‘free’ speech is not always ‘costless’

Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost. But even once this distinction is clarified, a neutral arbiter in the form of the state is needed to enforce laws and ensure that the rights of private individuals […]

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    Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

In India and China in Africa Raj Verma compares and contrasts Indian and African approaches to accessing African oil. Ian Taylor finds the book draws on interesting empirical material to provide a valuable addition to the literature. However, he is not persuaded by the analytical framework that is used.

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    Understanding CPEC: Without tax reform economic growth will simply increase inequality

Understanding CPEC: Without tax reform economic growth will simply increase inequality

The benefits of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have been widely celebrated by Pakistan’s politicians and media alike but the reality is there is very little information about the details available. Asad Abbasi argues that even if the Chinese investment delivers the growth Pakistan is hoping for, inequality will rise unchecked unless redistributive reforms are introduced.
What is CPEC?
With One Road One […]

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    “Cities have gained water at the expense of the countryside in India” – Amita Baviskar

“Cities have gained water at the expense of the countryside in India” – Amita Baviskar

At the LSE India Summit 2017 Amita Baviskar moderated the water security panel. After the session, Rebecca Bowers spoke to her about her research on access to water and the associated hierarchies that exist in India.
RB: What would you say are the biggest challenges are in supplying India’s growing population with access to adequate water?
AB: I think the biggest […]

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    Protecting small farmers in Pakistan in the wake of the new Seed Act

Protecting small farmers in Pakistan in the wake of the new Seed Act

As a result of the Seed (Amendment) Act, farmer friendly seed policies have been replaced by legislation which favours multinational corporations. Abdul Waheed Jamali discusses why this is a problem, and draws on Sindh as a case study to explore how state governments can support existing public bodies to support small farmers.

Despite much opposition by civil society organisations (CSOs), small […]

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