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India and Pakistan at 70: Is democracy in peril?

As Pakistan and India mark the 70th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, Katharine Adeney and Wilfried Swenden compare the two countries’ divergent political pathways. They write that while India has undoubtedly performed ‘better’ than Pakistan on most democratic indicators, the current tide of Hindu nationalism may provide the biggest challenge to Indian democracy yet.

The 14th/15th August 2017 marks a special birthday. Seven […]

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    Building bridges: The two Punjabs as a model for India-Pakistan relations

Building bridges: The two Punjabs as a model for India-Pakistan relations

Despite periodic détentes since the 1990s India-Pakistan relations are at a low point ahead of the anniversary of Partition. On the other hand, the two Punjabs have often had a better relationship, despite the fact they bore the brunt of the upheaval and violence alongside Sind and Rajasthan 70 years ago. Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva discuss how people-to-people contacts and trade ties have […]

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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    “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 of art history education in Pakistan and the inspirations for his own art.
SC: Today’s panel was about art and modernity in Pakistan. Would […]

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    “As geopolitical tensions unfold India will need a more agile and engaged foreign policy to protect its autonomy” – Rakesh Sood

“As geopolitical tensions unfold India will need a more agile and engaged foreign policy to protect its autonomy” – Rakesh Sood

At India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017, Ambassador Rakesh Sood was part of a panel of distinguished experts discussing India as a rising global power. After the plenary, he spoke to Alexander Spalding about the direction of Indian foreign policy and Indo-US relations.

AS: Could we start off our discussion on Indian foreign policy today by investigating what is […]

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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.
Your most recent book looks at India and […]

June 21st, 2017|Featured, History, Politics|Comments Off on “At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg|

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 […]

May 10th, 2017|Environment, Featured, History, Interviews, Politics|Comments Off on “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|
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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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