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    ‘It can be easier to talk about horrendous things to an outsider rather than to someone you’re going to see every day’– Professor Lucy Chester

‘It can be easier to talk about horrendous things to an outsider rather than to someone you’re going to see every day’– Professor Lucy Chester

Preceding her lecture ‘The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Geographical Imagination of Pakistan’ in October, Professor Lucy Chester spoke to Rebecca Bowers about her research on the enduring legacy of partition, and what can be learned from it today.  

Your publication Borders and Conflict in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab has been described as […]

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    “We’re human beings, and if you are suffering, naturally we are going to respond” – Mabrur Ahmed

“We’re human beings, and if you are suffering, naturally we are going to respond” – Mabrur Ahmed

In November in association with the LSE South Asia Centre, LSE’s SU Human Rights society and SU South Asia society co-hosted ‘Rohingya: Ethnic Cleansing and the International Community’s Response’, a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. After the discussion, Mabrur Ahmed, Co-founder of Restless Beings spoke with Rebecca Bowers about the escalating crisis and why the UN fails to acknowledge […]

2017 in review: Top interviews

In 2017 the LSE South Asia Centre organised an impressive program of events across the UK, India and Pakistan. These featured a number of high-profile figures including Shashi Tharoor, Dr Faisal Devji, retired Pakistan General Ehsan Ul-Haq and Dr Mukund Govind Ram. The South Asia @ LSE blog has also discussed some of the year’s most pivotal events ranging from Lipstick Under My Burkha with Ratna Pathak […]

December 22nd, 2017|Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on 2017 in review: Top interviews|
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    “The Partition Museum is our tribute to the resilience and courage those who migrated” – Lady Kishwar Desai

“The Partition Museum is our tribute to the resilience and courage those who migrated” – Lady Kishwar Desai

Lady Kishwar Desai opens up about how started the Partition Museum in Amritsar and her vision for the project, which will include an archive, centres in other locations and a publication by the end of the next year. Drawing on her experience of setting up the Museum as well as her parents’ migration to India, she tells Mahima A. Jain that most of those who witnessed the […]

December 19th, 2017|Featured, History, Human Rights, Interviews|Comments Off on “The Partition Museum is our tribute to the resilience and courage those who migrated” – Lady Kishwar Desai|
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    In a post-Brexit deal, “India keen on freer movement of professionals – not ‘immigration'” — Y.K. Sinha

In a post-Brexit deal, “India keen on freer movement of professionals – not ‘immigration'” — Y.K. Sinha

In this interview, His Excellency Y.K. Sinha, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, talks about India-UK Year of Culture, post-Brexit deal between the two countries and India’s diplomatic presence. Mahima A. Jain talks to the diplomat on his visit to LSE for a guided tour of the two exhibitions titled “Law and Nationhood: India at 70” and “Journey’s to Independence: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh”. 

Mahima A. Jain: India and UK recently ended the UK-India Year […]

December 13th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on In a post-Brexit deal, “India keen on freer movement of professionals – not ‘immigration'” — Y.K. Sinha|
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    “Think about the silences more deeply. Look for what is missing” – Dr Sumita Mukherjee

“Think about the silences more deeply. Look for what is missing” – Dr Sumita Mukherjee

Following her lecture ‘Indian Responses to British Women’s Social Activism in the Interwar Period’, organised by the LSE Library, Dr Sumita Mukherjee discusses her archival research with Rebecca Bowers, and the legacies of Anglo-Indian interactions vis-à-vis the women’s movement and beyond in India today. 

RB: You briefly mentioned how in discussing birth control debates we can see the ways in which Indian women […]

December 4th, 2017|Featured, Gender, History, Interviews|Comments Off on “Think about the silences more deeply. Look for what is missing” – Dr Sumita Mukherjee|
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    “Humanitarian action, which should be neutral, has been tainted with the stench of regime change and reactionary politics” – Dr Timothy Nunan

“Humanitarian action, which should be neutral, has been tainted with the stench of regime change and reactionary politics” – Dr Timothy Nunan

LSE Department of International Relations and the South Asia Centre held an  interdisciplinary public roundtable discussion showcasing new research, histories, and perspectives on Afghanistan in international affairs. Dr Timothy Nunan, a scholar of international and global history and one of the speakers at the roundtable, talks to Mahima A. Jain about his research, the ‘humanitarian invasion’ in Afghanistan.

 

MJ: Why was Afghanistan seen as, in your words, “a laboratory […]

November 2nd, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture|Comments Off on “Humanitarian action, which should be neutral, has been tainted with the stench of regime change and reactionary politics” – Dr Timothy Nunan|

“A new, emerging Indian security doctrine in the Indian Ocean is set to challenge the narrative and impact of China’s influence” – Rahul Roy-Chaudhury  

LSE South Asia Centre and LSE SU Pakistan Development Society recently hosted Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), for the event titled “Can Intelligence Services Do Good?”. Roy-Chaudhury talks to Mahima A. Jain on India’s foreign policy, its involvement in Afghanistan, the difference in the operational styles of R&AW and ISI, and India’s approach in the Indian Ocean region.  

MJ: It was pointed out at the event that efforts […]

October 27th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “A new, emerging Indian security doctrine in the Indian Ocean is set to challenge the narrative and impact of China’s influence” – Rahul Roy-Chaudhury  |
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    “While Gandhi’s thought can at times seem paradoxical, it had an extraordinary resonance among Indians and indeed many others during his own lifetime” – Dr Faisal Devji

“While Gandhi’s thought can at times seem paradoxical, it had an extraordinary resonance among Indians and indeed many others during his own lifetime” – Dr Faisal Devji

Following his well received lecture ‘Barrister Gandhi Takes the Stand’ at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Dr Faisal Devji talks to Rebecca Bowers about Gandhi’s experience as a lawyer, and how his unconventional way of thinking inspired an anarchistic vision amongst Indians against the colonial regime. 

RB: In your lecture Barrister Gandhi Takes the Stand, you spoke about how for Gandhi social […]

October 16th, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Law|Comments Off on “While Gandhi’s thought can at times seem paradoxical, it had an extraordinary resonance among Indians and indeed many others during his own lifetime” – Dr Faisal Devji|
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    “We have some critical national security interests, and you have to be respectful of those interests” – General Haq

“We have some critical national security interests, and you have to be respectful of those interests” – General Haq

LSE South Asia Centre and LSE SU Pakistan Development Society recently hosted Ehsan Ul Haq, retired four-star general of the Pakistan Army, for the event titled “Can Intelligence Services Do Good?”. General Haq briefly spoke to Mahima A. Jain after the event. Edited excerpts:

Mahima A. Jain (MJ): “For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and […]

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