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    Dr Sanchita Saxena and Dr Mukulika Banerjee talk about LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit and future of Bangladesh studies

Dr Sanchita Saxena and Dr Mukulika Banerjee talk about LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit and future of Bangladesh studies

LSE South Asia Centre and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California-Berkeley jointly organised the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 held in London on June 5, 2018. In this video interview Mahima A. Jain asks Dr Sanchita Saxena, Director of Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center and Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of LSE South Asia […]

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    “We are not creating problems for agencies but giving them priorities”: how Afghanistan improved its children’s health in 10 years

“We are not creating problems for agencies but giving them priorities”: how Afghanistan improved its children’s health in 10 years

As a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. 
In just 10 years however, despite conflict and widespread poverty, Afghanistan made significant improvements in its health indicators. Swagata Yadavar speaks to Homayoun Ludin, Afghanistan’s director of public nutrition, about how focusing on breastfeeding has helped Afghanistan  turn its infant mortality and child malnourishment figures around. 

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    Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

As we look back on the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh summit, we select our top articles relating to the summit panels on minority and gender rights, civil society and the ‘idea of Bangladesh’, including two from LSE speakers, Professors Naila Kabeer and David Lewis. Covering a plethora of issues ranging from technology to the Rohingya refugee crisis, we hope you enjoy these articles […]

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    “Religion doesn’t enter politics in Nepal in quite the same explicit way that it does in India” – Professor David Gellner

“Religion doesn’t enter politics in Nepal in quite the same explicit way that it does in India” – Professor David Gellner

Prior to his participation in the ‘Who are the middle class in South Asia’ panel at the LSE South Asia Centre summit, Professor David Gellner spoke with Ananya Dasgupta about his preliminary research findings in Nepal, and how the high level of migration has been breaking down caste boundaries.

What are the findings and highlights of your research survey with Dr. Krishna […]

May 23rd, 2018|Featured, Interviews, Politics, Religion|Comments Off on “Religion doesn’t enter politics in Nepal in quite the same explicit way that it does in India” – Professor David Gellner|
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    “There are millions of young Indians who feel frustrated with their lives…. I really want the Indian government to take these frustrations seriously.” – Snigdha Poonam

“There are millions of young Indians who feel frustrated with their lives…. I really want the Indian government to take these frustrations seriously.” – Snigdha Poonam

LSE South Asia Centre recently invited Snigdha Poonam, journalist at Hindustan Times and author of Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World, for a panel discussion entitled ‘Who are the Middle Class in South Asia?’ as part of the South Asia Summit 2018.  In conversation with Anirbaan Banerjee, she talks about aggressive Indian nationalism, the political and economic frustrations of the middle-class young Indian, women’s aspirations and a […]

May 11th, 2018|Development, Economy, Events, Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “There are millions of young Indians who feel frustrated with their lives…. I really want the Indian government to take these frustrations seriously.” – Snigdha Poonam|
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    “The major lesson that can be drawn is that China is willing to consistently support Pakistan up to a certain extent”– Dr Filippo Boni

“The major lesson that can be drawn is that China is willing to consistently support Pakistan up to a certain extent”– Dr Filippo Boni

Following his participation in the opening panel of the South Asia Centre’s London summit ‘Is China South Asia’s principle ally? Rebecca Bowers spoke to Dr Filippo Boni about the challenges facing Pakistan regarding the implementation of CPEC, and the historical importance of the Sino-Pakistani relationship.  

In light of China’s current investment in Pakistan, but also with India’s involvement in the […]

May 8th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, History, Interviews, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “The major lesson that can be drawn is that China is willing to consistently support Pakistan up to a certain extent”– Dr Filippo Boni|
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    From science to insurgency: Looking back on women’s coverage week

From science to insurgency: Looking back on women’s coverage week

Earlier this year, South Asia @ LSE renewed its efforts to increase the number of women writers and also the amount of gender related content featured in the blog. As we approach two months since International Women’s Day, we return to some of the pressing issues facing women across an array of industries and activities, ranging from science to insurgency.

“The fact that […]

May 5th, 2018|Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Interviews, Media, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on From science to insurgency: Looking back on women’s coverage week|
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    “There is a need now for a systemic change for dealing with judicial accountability. This is a time for institutional articulation” – Dr Aditya Sondhi

“There is a need now for a systemic change for dealing with judicial accountability. This is a time for institutional articulation” – Dr Aditya Sondhi

 In February 2018 LSE South Asia Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Law, hosted Dr Adiya Sondhi to deliver a lecture on “Democracy and Defiance in the Supreme Court of India”. Edited excerpts from a Mahima A. Jain’s interview with Dr Aditya Sondhi:

Mahima Jain (MJ): Can the press conference held on 12 January 2018 by the four Senior […]

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    “There’s definitely a rise of more Islam in the public sphere in Pakistan that’s inflected political life in particular ways”– Ammara Maqsood

“There’s definitely a rise of more Islam in the public sphere in Pakistan that’s inflected political life in particular ways”– Ammara Maqsood

Following her participation in the panel ‘Who are the middle class in South Asia?’ at the recent LSE South Asia Centre summit in London, Ammara Maqsood discusses her findings from her new book, The New Pakistani Middle Class with Ananya Dasgupta.

AD: In what ways do you still see manifestations of a decadent cultural consciousness from the pre- Zia-ul-Haq era in […]

April 23rd, 2018|Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “There’s definitely a rise of more Islam in the public sphere in Pakistan that’s inflected political life in particular ways”– Ammara Maqsood|
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    “It challenges our preconceived ideas of, say, what a Muslim woman in 1940s India might be writing about” – Isabel Wall

“It challenges our preconceived ideas of, say, what a Muslim woman in 1940s India might be writing about” – Isabel Wall

In February 2018, Penguin launched their new ‘Penguin Women Writers’ series. Featuring four books chosen by the acclaimed authors Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie, the series seeks to shine the spotlight on women writers whose work has been hitherto neglected in the UK. To find out more, we spoke to the editor who commissioned the series, Isabel Wall.
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March 24th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “It challenges our preconceived ideas of, say, what a Muslim woman in 1940s India might be writing about” – Isabel Wall|

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