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    “Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

“Despite the prevalence of child abandonment in Pakistan there are no formal structures for adoption in place” – Tahera Hasan

At Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 Tahera Hasan spoke on the Philanthropy and Institution-Building panel in her capacity as Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation. After the session Sonali Campion caught up with her to discuss Imkaan’s work and the problem of child abandonment in more detail.
Tell me about Imkaan Welfare Organisation – why was it established and […]

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    “I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran

“I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran

Following the Constitution panel at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 Rebecca Bowers interviewed panellist Kalpana Kannabiran about the narrowing space for freedom of expression on Indian university campuses, the teaching of constitutional law, and the new Disabilities Act.
RB: Given a growing number of incidents on university campuses what can be done to ensure that freedom of expression […]

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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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    “The concept of ‘virtual water’ gets you away from simplistic and superficial technocratic solutions to water risks” – Marcus Moench

“The concept of ‘virtual water’ gets you away from simplistic and superficial technocratic solutions to water risks” – Marcus Moench

At India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 Alexander Spalding interviewed panellist Dr Marcus Moench about his extensive experience in translating scientific knowledge about water into practice in different cultural contexts. They discussed the need to develop knowledge, capacity, and incentives tailored to local conditions, and why India is an ideal innovation space for water management initiatives.

AS: What did you do at the […]

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    “Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja

“Increased connectivity and economic integration between South and Southeast Asia would create significant opportunities for both regions” – Ganeshan Wignaraja

At the end of March Ganeshan Wignaraja spoke at the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre on the topic of infrastructure for integrating South and Southeast Asia. Sonali Campion caught up with him after the presentation to discuss the opportunities and barriers to greater regional integration, with a specific focus on the South Asian countries.

SC: Why are South Asia-Southeast Asia discussions […]

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    “The new bipolarity between the US and China poses challenges for India” – Ashley J Tellis

“The new bipolarity between the US and China poses challenges for India” – Ashley J Tellis

Ashley J. Tellis featured on the foreign policy panel at India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017. Following the session, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the new US-China bipolarity in the international environment, the impact of Trump on the US-India relationship and the question of India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier’s group.

AJT: I’m Ashley Tellis, I’m a Senior […]

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    “The challenge is to find the right cause and not just write out a cheque” – Anu Aga on corporate social responsibility in India

“The challenge is to find the right cause and not just write out a cheque” – Anu Aga on corporate social responsibility in India

At the LSE India Summit 2017 Rebecca Bowers spoke to panellist Anu Aga about her insights on CSR collaboration between sectors and the philanthropic work around malnourishment and education she is involved in.
RB: Given your extensive experience, what would you say the main challenges for companies implementing CSR in India today?
AA: I think that selecting the right issue for which you feel […]

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    Pakistan in the eyes of the world: A new perspective on a blemished international image

Pakistan in the eyes of the world: A new perspective on a blemished international image

As part of a research project exploring perceptions of Pakistan, Farzana Shaikh discussed how its image is compromised by a disconnect between the stated position of the elected authorities and the reality of the way power is exercised. Here Nadir Cheema offers an overview of his conversation with Dr Sheikh, in which she argues that in order to start to […]

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    “Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez

“Not A Bug Splat turned the tables on who was watching whom. The pressure brought about real change in drone policy” – Ali Rez

In February Ali Rez and Assam Khalid spoke at the South Asia Centre on the topic of art and marketing as a protest device in Pakistan. Before the event they were in conversation with Hasna Syed and Sonali Campion about their social impact projects, advertising in Pakistan and the need for brands to be authentic in their communications.

HS: How […]

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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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