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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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    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.
Looking out to sea in […]

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
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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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    “Educate women and men lose control” – Surjit S. Bhalla

“Educate women and men lose control” – Surjit S. Bhalla

Economist and writer Surjit S. Bhalla’s latest book The New Wealth of Nations investigates what’s behind the huge drop in income inequality and absolute poverty over the last forty years around the world. And at a time when the MeToo Movement grows in strength, he tells Rebecca Bowers how his book helps explain how women and the middle classes […]

October 25th, 2018|Featured, Interviews|0 Comments|
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    “When you enter the Kabuliwalas’ homes in Kolkata you feel like you’re back in Afghanistan” – Moska Najib

“When you enter the Kabuliwalas’ homes in Kolkata you feel like you’re back in Afghanistan” – Moska Najib

Inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s 1892 short story, the Kabuliwala, photographers Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz spent three years capturing the lives of the Kabuliwalas of Kolkata. Chris Finnigan talks to Moska about how their new exhibition in London reveals how generations of Afghan migrants have preserved their Pashtun identities in their new homeland.

How did Tagore’s story inspire this photographic project?

Tagore’s short […]

October 23rd, 2018|Featured, Photo Essays|0 Comments|

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