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Pakistan’s Twin Deficits and IMF Fiscal Conditionality

As talks between the IMF and Pakistan continue, Nadir Cheema explains why fiscal austerity may be needed to reduce Pakistan’s current account deficit and why energy subsidies may be a key target for any fiscal cuts.
Notwithstanding the recently secured short-term support from Saudi Arabia and claims of support from China, Pakistan’s large medium-term external financing gap continues to render an IMF […]

November 20th, 2018|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review | India Moving: A History of Migration by Chinmay Tumbe

Book Review | India Moving: A History of Migration by Chinmay Tumbe

The history of migration in India is vividly told in Chinmay Tumbe’s new book India Moving: A History of Migration. Exploring ideas of belonging, tolerance, economics, politics and archaeology, the book offers a social history of migration at a time, according to Utsa Mukherjee, when it’s badly needed.

India Moving: A History of Migration by Chinmay Tumbe. Penguin Viking. 2018.

In recent years, a concerted attempt from […]

November 13th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|

The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa

An extraordinary political crisis was triggered in Sri Lanka on 26 October 2018 when President Maithripala Sirisena stealthy dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The stage is now set for a prolonged period of instability. With events moving quickly, Rajesh Venugopal, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Development (LSE) looks at what’s at stake if Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power.
Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at an election […]

November 12th, 2018|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    “The story of 1.5 million soldiers that served in WW1 has been forgotten over the years” – Shrabani Basu

“The story of 1.5 million soldiers that served in WW1 has been forgotten over the years” – Shrabani Basu

Ahead of speaking at the LSE at the launch of the unique Red ‘Khadi’ Poppy, an event which will commemorate the role of more than 1 million Indian soldiers who served in the British Army in World War 1, Shrabani Basu talks to Chris Finnigan about her book For King and Another Country (2015) and the role that Indian soldiers played […]

November 9th, 2018|History|0 Comments|
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    Long Read | Hazarajat Lost: When a City Refused to Bury their Dead

Long Read | Hazarajat Lost: When a City Refused to Bury their Dead

For the Hazaras, a small ethnic community in the south-west of Pakistan, politics begins with and from the dead. In February 2013, following a bomb attack in a busy market square that killed scores of Hazaras, family members of the deceased refused to bury their dead. In this long-read, Zainab Najeeb argues how an understanding of the body, martyrdom and a marginalised identity […]

November 9th, 2018|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Modi’s Demonetisation Two Years On: Economic Necessity or Political Ploy?

Modi’s Demonetisation Two Years On: Economic Necessity or Political Ploy?

Two years ago today, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, took the radical step to take all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes out of circulation in a bid to tackle ‘black money’ in the Indian economy. Twenty-four months on, Bhaskar Pant asks if that decision was motivated by politics rather than economics.

 
Indian Rupee Note | Credit: PixaBay
We are two years on, but the […]

November 8th, 2018|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|

Myanmar 2020 – Rohingya Citizenship: Now or Never?

Myanmar’s 1982 Citizenship Law is not just a tool for denying the Rohingya their rights, it has also contributed to the military’s acts of genocide against them. With elections in two years, the next 12 months may be the last chance to reform the law, give the Rohingya their long overdue citizenship rights, and help create conditions for the safe […]

After the floods: Rebuilding Kerala

In August, Kerala was devastated by floods and landslides. At least 350 people died and 220,000 were left homeless. As the Indian Government vows to rebuild the state, Gayathri D Naik argues that to prevent another climate catastrophe, both the region and the country must reconceptualise not just how they see development but nature itself.
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October 31st, 2018|Featured|1 Comment|
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    If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

If Imran Khan really wants to lower infant mortality in Pakistan, he should look to the Maldives and Sri Lanka for inspiration

Pakistan’s level of infant mortality remains high despite decreasing over recent years. With Imran Khan vowing to review the county’s strategy on protecting mothers and their babies, Abid Rehman argues that the newly elected Prime Minister doesn’t have to look outside the region for ideas to lower it further.
Baby in hospital bed | Credit: Unsplash awpixel
In his maiden speech, Imran […]

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    “The Kabuliwala represents a dilemma between the state and migratory history of the world” – Shah Mahmoud Hanifi

“The Kabuliwala represents a dilemma between the state and migratory history of the world” – Shah Mahmoud Hanifi

Taking Afghanistan as an example, Professor Shah Mahmoud Hanifi talks to Chris Finnigan about the fundamental questions posed by migration within South Asia. With Rabindranath Tagore’s legendary short story the ‘Kabuliwala’ as a reference, Hanifi explains how religion, culture, commerce and politics have shaped people’s experiences of living and moving around South Asia, and what lessons the past can provide […]

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