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    Defending Malala: Separating the person from the representation

Defending Malala: Separating the person from the representation

Given widespread recent criticism of Malala in Pakistan, Dr Shenila Khoja-Moolji argues that it is important to distinguish between how she is represented by others, and the assumptions made about Muslims and Pakistanis in the process, and Malala’s own statements and writings.

A PTI MNA recently claimed that the attacks on Malala were staged. She then went on to name […]

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    Good terrorist, bad terrorist: Masood Azhar and the revival of Jaish-e-Mohammed

Good terrorist, bad terrorist: Masood Azhar and the revival of Jaish-e-Mohammed

As China continues to resist India’s calls for the UN Security Council to designate Maulana Masood Azhar a terrorist, Raj Verma explores the re-emergence of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the organisation he leads, and its role in Pakistan’s military-security establishment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a surprise visit to Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 25 December, 2015 in an […]

Rouhani’s victory and India-Iran ties

The re-election of President Rouhani in Iran will be welcome in India as the leader has played a key role in strengthening the bilateral relationship in recent years, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini. He discusses the shared geo-strategic interests of the two countries, but also the possible threats that India would do well to keep an eye on. 
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    Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

Reflections on researching women’s economic empowerment in post-earthquake Kathmandu

The earthquake and aftershocks that hit Nepal in April-May 2015 had a devastating impact on the Kathmandu Valley. National and international donors responded with both cash and material assistance, but there has been relatively little research into aid effectiveness. Here Srijana Nepal, Neha Uprety and Apekshya Prasai discuss their recent fieldwork exploring the gendered outcomes of cash transfers and the challenges […]

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    “Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

“Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

At Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 Tahera Hasan spoke on the Philanthropy and Institution-Building panel in her capacity as Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation. After the session Sonali Campion caught up with her to discuss Imkaan’s work and the problem of child abandonment in more detail.
Tell me about Imkaan Welfare Organisation – why was it established and […]

IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath

As layoffs from the IT sector hit the headlines, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses the current employment crisis in India, where the creation of formal jobs has slowed at the same time that the numbers of young people joining the workforce every year is rising. In the face of rising automation, he writes that the government must do more to prioritise […]

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    Sri Lanka-China trade relations: Time to focus on unexplored Chinese markets

Sri Lanka-China trade relations: Time to focus on unexplored Chinese markets

In recent years, trade between China and Sri Lanka has grown rapidly. N.R. Ravindra Deyshappriya outlines the significant trade imbalance that has developed as a result and highlights the potential for the island nation to export more products in which it has comparative advantage to its East Asian neighbour.

Sri Lanka’s strategic location has been a crucial factor in its […]

In search of a contemporary narrative for Kashmir

Following low turnout in last month’s by-election in Kashmir Ankur Datta calls for new frames of reference through which to interpret the conflict in Kashmir today. He writes that analysing the insurgency as an unfinished agenda of the Indian partition overlooks new categories and formations that have emerged since the 1990s.

On 9 April 2017, a by-election was held in […]

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    South Asia’s new satellite: Signaling public engagement for sustainable regional diplomacy?

South Asia’s new satellite: Signaling public engagement for sustainable regional diplomacy?

The recent launch of the South Asia satellite funded by India demonstrates a new form of regional diplomacy. However, Preeti Raghunath writes that a communication and meteorology satellite will only go so far in building regional ties. She writes that the answer to sustained diplomatic engagement lies in promoting public diplomacy between the region’s peoples.

India’s most recent foray in […]

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    “I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran

“I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran

Following the Constitution panel at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 Rebecca Bowers interviewed panellist Kalpana Kannabiran about the narrowing space for freedom of expression on Indian university campuses, the teaching of constitutional law, and the new Disabilities Act.
RB: Given a growing number of incidents on university campuses what can be done to ensure that freedom of expression […]

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