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    Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

In Law and Economy, Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy explore the origins of of British law and its continued legal impediments of the Indian economy today. It is a splendid book and the conclusions are many and nuanced. It is refreshing to encounter such dispassionate, evidence-based analysis of subjects that are so often polemical, writes Professor Peter Robb.
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Intergenerational perspectives on caste in the UK

In a recent study, Rina Arya investigated how attitudes to caste varied between generations in the Hindu Punjabi community living in the Greater Manchester area. Here she offers a summary of the research and writes that it points to the continuing – albeit evolving – significance of caste in the diaspora.

Caste and class are significant issues within Hindu society, […]

August 17th, 2017|Featured, History, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Intergenerational perspectives on caste in the UK|

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 […]

August 15th, 2017|Featured, History, Politics|Comments Off on India and Pakistan at 70: Is democracy in peril?|
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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 […]

August 11th, 2017|Economy, Featured, History, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Building bridges: The two Punjabs as a model for India-Pakistan relations|

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 […]

July 28th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, History, LSE, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Prison Narratives by Akhtar Baloch|
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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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