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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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    “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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    “Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah

“Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah

Following the CBFC decision to ban Alankrita Shrivastava’s new film Lipstick Under My Burkha, Ruhi Khan speaks to lead actress Ratna Pathak Shah about the treatment of her latest work, women’s issues in India and the role of the creative industries in holding a mirror to society.

Bollywood veteran actor Ratna Pathak Shah is astounded that the Indian Central Board of […]

March 4th, 2017|Featured, Gender, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture|Comments Off on “Lipstick Under My Burkha tells stories that have simmered under the surface for a very long time. They need their space.” – Ratna Pathak Shah|
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    “The theoretical possibility of equality on the cricket field was a radical idea in a colonised, hierarchical and deeply divided society” – Prashant Kidambi

“The theoretical possibility of equality on the cricket field was a radical idea in a colonised, hierarchical and deeply divided society” – Prashant Kidambi

As part of the LSE Literature Festival, the South Asia Centre held a panel on the revolutionary power of cricket in South Asia. Here panellist Prashant Kidambi speaks to Sonali Campion about the first Indian cricket team to tour England, and how a bucolic pre-industrial English game is now the sub-continental passion.
SC: Tell me about the 1911 cricket […]

February 27th, 2017|Featured, History, Interviews|Comments Off on “The theoretical possibility of equality on the cricket field was a radical idea in a colonised, hierarchical and deeply divided society” – Prashant Kidambi|
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    “The Indian soldiers were desperately homesick, they longed to go home and who can blame them?” – Shrabani Basu

“The Indian soldiers were desperately homesick, they longed to go home and who can blame them?” – Shrabani Basu

Journalist Shrabani Basu has authored multiple books on the shared histories of India and Britain. Ahead of her recent talk in the South Asia Centre’s Colony as Empire series, she spoke to Sonali Campion about her research on the largely forgotten Indian soldiers who fought in World War I, and on Noor Inayat Khan, the first female radio operator in Nazi-occupied […]

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    “The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf

“The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf

Karachi is a sprawling, diverse city, with a population estimated at more than 20 million. It is also notorious for high crime rates and its inhabitants have limited trust in the police. However, the Citizen Police Liaison Committee, a civil society organisation run by volunteers works to tackle both these issues. Here, Jameel Yusuf, founding member and former Chief, talks […]

February 9th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy, Technology|Comments Off on “The answer to terrorism lies in collaboration and shared intelligence” – Jameel Yusuf|
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    “Before independence there was a synergy between India and Britain that came from a shared language which persists today” – Susheila Nasta

“Before independence there was a synergy between India and Britain that came from a shared language which persists today” – Susheila Nasta

At the end of January, Professor Susheila Nasta gave a talk on how Indians mingling in intellectual circles in London influenced British perspectives and angles of vision as part of the South Asia Centre Colony as Empire series. Here she talks to Sonali Campion about the language of Empire, teaching colonial history and narratives around immigration.
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2016 in review: Top five interviews

This year the South Asia Centre once again hosted a large number of high profile speakers, both in London and at the first LSE India Summit in Goa offering a large number of interview opportunities. Students also took the initiative to reach out to high profile academics to comment on current affairs topic. Here we round up the five most […]

December 27th, 2016|Featured, Interviews, LSE|Comments Off on 2016 in review: Top five interviews|
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    “India has an extraordinary collection of cities which form a key part of the story of British colonialism” – Tristram Hunt MP

“India has an extraordinary collection of cities which form a key part of the story of British colonialism” – Tristram Hunt MP

On 23 November Dr Tristram Hunt MP visited LSE to speak as part of the new South Asia Centre series Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall. He discussed his book Ten Cities that Made an Empire, with a particular focus on Calcutta, Bombay and New Delhi. Afterwards he spoke to Sonali Campion about the significance of these Indian cities […]

December 20th, 2016|Featured, History, Interviews, LSE|Comments Off on “India has an extraordinary collection of cities which form a key part of the story of British colonialism” – Tristram Hunt MP|
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    “If you look at Karachi and who plans it, the decisions are made by those who do not understand the problems of the ordinary people” – Arif Hasan

“If you look at Karachi and who plans it, the decisions are made by those who do not understand the problems of the ordinary people” – Arif Hasan

With its fast-growing population Karachi is typical of many South Asian megacities that struggle to meet the needs of low income citizens. The eminent Pakistani architect Arif Hasan has been involved in urban development for over 40 years. Here he talks to Mukti Jain Campion about his home city’s post-Partition evolution.
MJC: Can you describe what happened to Karachi at […]

December 13th, 2016|Development, Environment, Featured, History, Interviews|Comments Off on “If you look at Karachi and who plans it, the decisions are made by those who do not understand the problems of the ordinary people” – Arif Hasan|

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