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    “The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee

“The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee

In May 2018, LSE South Asia Centre hosted a workshop where Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, discussed why Indian democracy doesn’t to deliver more. Ahead of the event, Anshuman Tiwari interviewed Abhijit Banerjee. Edited excerpts:
After recent changes to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) administrative system that attempted to reduce corruption by reforming the processes between […]

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    Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters

Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters

There are numerous video stories of disgruntled constituents facing off with politicians going viral on social media. With the rise of social media in particular and the electronic media in general, the culture of interaction between politicians and the general public has changed dramatically in recent years writes Khalid Jarral.

In the run-up to the general elections in Pakistan social media continues […]

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    Maternal and newborn health in Pakistan: risks, challenges, and the way forward

Maternal and newborn health in Pakistan: risks, challenges, and the way forward

Pakistan’s health indicators reflect a poor state of mother and child health, writes Dr Nadia Agha, who argues that rural women’s health crises must be addressed to ensure a liveable environment for new mothers and their babies. 

Babies in developed countries particularly those from Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the greatest chances of survival due to strong education, health and welfare […]

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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2015, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

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    Gods, men and mere mortals: organisation and safety at the Kumbh Mela

Gods, men and mere mortals: organisation and safety at the Kumbh Mela

In 2013’s Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, nearly 120 million people gathered over 55 days in a temporary city of 20 sq km. In this photo essay, Rohit Sinha captures the event, part of UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, while describing how the city is built and what keeps it together.
What is the nature of a […]

How do we live? Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

While poverty in Sri Lanka’s post war economy appears to be reducing, this does not give the whole picture, argues Anupama Ranawana, who claims that there is a wall of silence around the poverty and inequality experienced by many. To address this she writes, the government must not only consider more inclusive means of growth, but also deconstruct and […]

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    Expansion and deterioration: considering the environmental implications of the multiplier effect for New Delhi

Expansion and deterioration: considering the environmental implications of the multiplier effect for New Delhi

With rising temperatures and scarce potable water, Delhi must address the the under-researched and yet widely experienced phenomenon of climate change at the urban scale in its next master plan, writes Mahak Agrawal.

It is important to highlight the under-researched yet widely experienced phenomenon of climate change at urban scale, especially in light of latest developments with respect to planning exercise […]

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    Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson on “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 2)

Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson on “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this feature essay, Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson introduce their new book, Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet, which focuses on two industrial disputes in the UK: the famous Grunwick strike (1976-78) and the Gate Gourmet dispute of 2005. The book gives a voice to the women involved in the strikes and explores […]

Is Sri Lanka missing out on Asia’s digital economy boom?

Although Asia’s digital economy is booming, there is a risk of some countries being left behind. Anishka De Zylva and Ganeshan Wignaraja make the case for why Sri Lanka must invest to benefit from Asia’s rapidly growing digital economy, and delineate a four-pronged approach that the country can follow. 
Asia’s digital economy is booming. By market capitalisation, about one-third of the largest […]

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    Everyday life versus ‘world-class’ aspirations: the (re)imagined roads of Bangalore city

Everyday life versus ‘world-class’ aspirations: the (re)imagined roads of Bangalore city

The aim of transforming urban roads in Bangalore into “world-class” roads by Tender-SURE is more of an imposition rather than a true representation of the informed collective aspirations of citizens, writes G Sai Sanath.

Formalised in 2012, Tender-SURE (Tender Specification for Urban Road Execution) is an urban roads development project in Bangalore city with a particular focus on pedestrians and […]

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