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Book Review: Prison Narratives by Akhtar Baloch

Prison Narratives is a translation of a diary by Akhtar Baloch, an 18-year-old female Sindhi activist. Asad Abbasi finds the core of the book, which documents the period in 1970 when Baloch was imprisoned for leading a protest, to be insightful, imaginative and full of interesting characters, yet finds the contextualising additions to be deeply partisan. Nevertheless, he writes […]

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    Foreign investment in India: Recognising and addressing regional disparities

Foreign investment in India: Recognising and addressing regional disparities

Successive Indian governments since the 1990s have put great emphasis on increasing foreign direct investment, with significant success. However, at the moment the investment is unevenly distributed and as a result many of the eastern states in particular are not reaping the benefits. Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva argue redressing the imbalance should be a key priority.

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    “If you don’t understand the river system, all efforts to rejuvenate it will be wrong or incomplete” – Manoj Misra

“If you don’t understand the river system, all efforts to rejuvenate it will be wrong or incomplete” – Manoj Misra

India’s rivers are in a critical state, with many of the major water systems dead or dying. At India @ 70: LSE India Summit, campaigner Manoj Misra argued that the rivers will not be saved unless decision makers take a holistic approach to understanding and reviving the river systems. After the session, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the […]

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    The case for profit: Entrepreneurial approaches to addressing India’s agrarian crisis

The case for profit: Entrepreneurial approaches to addressing India’s agrarian crisis

India’s farmers are frequently in the news, whether it is due to the widespread issue of farmer suicides, low yields as a result of unreliable weather patterns, or protests in the face of price crashes. Against this backdrop, Jay Herndon writes that informal cooperatives run almost as businesses could provide a sustainable solution by allowing farmers to capture more […]

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    Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Modi’s World, a collection of newspaper articles by veteran journalist C. Raja Mohan, traces how Modi’s foreign policy has compared with that of his predecessor and how it evolved during his first nine months in power. Raj Verma finds the book an easy read with great journalistic flair, but notes that this does come at the price of academic […]

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    “Art history, philosophy and literature are not institutionally valued in Pakistan so people don’t pursue them. It’s a vicious circle” – Iftikhar Dadi

“Art history, philosophy and literature are not institutionally valued in Pakistan so people don’t pursue them. It’s a vicious circle” – Iftikhar Dadi

The Art and Modernity panel at the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 was chaired by academic and artist Dr Iftikhar Dadi. Following the session, he spoke to Sonali Campion about modernism as a global aesthetic, the lack art history education in Pakistan and the inspirations for his own art.
SC: Today’s panel was about art and modernity in Pakistan. Would you […]

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    Exploring regional solutions to fishermen disputes in South Asia

Exploring regional solutions to fishermen disputes in South Asia

Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen are often in the news having been arrested for crossing maritime borders. Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram and Mohit Gupta write that this is not a bilateral issue but a regional one, and outline how fora such as SAARC and BIMSTEC could assist in coming up with long term solutions to fishing-related conflicts.

Tensions over fishing in […]

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    Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way

Despite security challenges, Afghanistan’s education system has come a long way

On 10 July 2017, the LSE’s Department of International Development hosted an event on The Role of Higher Education in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Prosperous Future. The participants included Dr Kenneth Holland, President at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF); Dr Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UK; and award winning anchor and correspondent Yalda Hakim. Here, the co-chair […]

India’s diaspora policy: Time for a rethink

As workers face lay-offs in the Middle East and America makes it increasingly difficult to get working visas the Indian diaspora is facing new challenges. Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva write that both the centre and states need to take proactive steps to support and engage Indians living outside their borders.

During his three years in office, PM Modi […]

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    Stolen childhoods: The dilemma of child marriage in rural Sindh

Stolen childhoods: The dilemma of child marriage in rural Sindh

Despite legislation to combat the practice at both national and provincial levels, child marriage is still common in Pakistan, particularly in rural areas. Nadir Ali Shah and Abdur Rehman Cheema draw on fieldwork conducted in rural Sindh to highlight the ongoing problem, and write that if child marriage is to be eliminated in line with the Sustainable Development Goals […]

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