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    “At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg

“At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg

Ahead of the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017, Philip K Oldenburg spoke at an alumni event at the British Council in Karachi on ‘Pakistan’s loyal opposition’. After the talk, Sonali Campion asked him about India and Pakistan’s divergent trajectories, and discussed the notion of the ‘semi-loyal opposition’ as a threat to democracies everywhere.
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    Book Review: Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor

Book Review: Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor

In Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India politician and author Shashi Tharoor articulately exposes the destructive effect of the British Empire in India. Although the book is not necessarily a new analysis, and suffers from weak referencing at times, Jaskiran Bhogal finds the book an accessible, eye-opening read suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about the […]

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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    “New visions of control over the environment really shook the way political orders were created on both sides of the border after Partition” – David Gilmartin

“New visions of control over the environment really shook the way political orders were created on both sides of the border after Partition” – David Gilmartin

At the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 David Gilmartin gave a talk on ‘The Indus and its Peoples’. Afterwards, Sonali Campion asked him to elaborate on some of the themes raised, from the division of the river basin during Partition and the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, to the inter- and intra-national tensions that have played out since 1947.

SC: Tell me […]

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    Nand Singh and Jangnamah Europe: Subaltern insights on the wars of Empire

Nand Singh and Jangnamah Europe: Subaltern insights on the wars of Empire

Jangnamah poetry is a literary form dating back to the 16th century, used by Punjabi authors to narrate conflict. Here Raman Singh Chhina discusses the significance of Jangnamahs as a historical resource, highlighting one particular work which offers a unique insight on a Sikh soldier’s experience of WWI.

Nand Singh, an Indian poet and soldier who witnessed the World War […]

April 5th, 2017|Featured, History, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Nand Singh and Jangnamah Europe: Subaltern insights on the wars of Empire|
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    India @ 70: Constraints and opportunities for an emerging superpower

India @ 70: Constraints and opportunities for an emerging superpower

Panel 3 at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 explored India’s evolving foreign policy and the challenges that could disrupt its emergence as a superpower in the medium term. In this post, Arjun Bhatia presents an overview of the key arguments presented by the panellists.

For a country of over 1.25 billion people, superlatives come in abundance. India is […]

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    “To give the British credit for things that were never intended to benefit India is a mistake” – Shashi Tharoor

“To give the British credit for things that were never intended to benefit India is a mistake” – Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India. While visiting LSE, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the need to challenge existing narratives about the British in India, the uniquely exploitative nature of the Raj and the legacies of Empire.

You write that the need to temper […]

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    India @ 70: From inauspicious beginnings to a superpower in the making

India @ 70: From inauspicious beginnings to a superpower in the making

India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 will feature panels discussing concerns relevant to India’s future while also exploring the key moments that have shaped the course of independent Indian history. Harish Alagappa looks back at the political and economic developments of the last 70 years.

Urban legends purport that sometime in early August 1947 a group of astrologers met […]

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    “What we need to acknowledge from people like Iqbal is that you can have debate within a context of familiarity and friendship” – Bishop Nazir-Ali

“What we need to acknowledge from people like Iqbal is that you can have debate within a context of familiarity and friendship” – Bishop Nazir-Ali

In February Bishop Nazir-Ali was in conversation with Professor Javed Majeed at an event on the philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal co-hosted by the South Asia Centre and Bloomsbury Pakistan. During the Bishop’s visit to LSE, Sonali Campion interviewed him about the contemporary relevance of Iqbal’s writing, particularly in questions around the relationship between religion and the state.
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    Partition Museum Project: Creating a refuge for the memories of Partition

Partition Museum Project: Creating a refuge for the memories of Partition

India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 will feature an exhibition delivered in partnership with the Partition Museum Project. Here, Arjun Bhatia discusses how the Partition Museum in Amritsar was conceived to create a hub of artefacts, accounts and oral testimonies of the turbulent creation of independent India and the birth of Pakistan.

The partition of British India in 1947 […]

March 10th, 2017|Events, Featured, History|Comments Off on Partition Museum Project: Creating a refuge for the memories of Partition|

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