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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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    “The fact that the entire trade market of the publishing industry is still predominantly in the hands of men, means that there has to be a very concerted effort to shift that balance”– Ritu Menon

“The fact that the entire trade market of the publishing industry is still predominantly in the hands of men, means that there has to be a very concerted effort to shift that balance”– Ritu Menon

In November last year, the shortlist for the DSC literature prize was announced at LSE. Ritu Menon, co-founder of Kali for Women, and one of the judges of the prize, spoke to Rebecca Bowers about the decline of the feminist press in the West, and the challenges facing women in publishing today.   

RB: As chairwoman of the judging panel for […]

March 6th, 2018|Featured, Gender, Interviews|Comments Off on “The fact that the entire trade market of the publishing industry is still predominantly in the hands of men, means that there has to be a very concerted effort to shift that balance”– Ritu Menon|
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    “This is ethnic cleansing. It’s not just a bump in the road” – Mark Farmaner

“This is ethnic cleansing. It’s not just a bump in the road” – Mark Farmaner

In November last year, the South Asia Centre, alongside LSE’s SU Human Rights society and the LSE SU South Asia society co-hosted ‘Rohingya: Ethnic Cleansing and the International Community’s Response’, a panel discussion on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Panellist Mark Farmaner, of Burma Campaign UK spoke with Rebecca Bowers about the escalating crisis and why the current inaction of the international community is legitimising […]

January 30th, 2018|Featured, Human Rights, Interviews|Comments Off on “This is ethnic cleansing. It’s not just a bump in the road” – Mark Farmaner|
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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 […]

January 4th, 2018|Featured, History, Interviews|Comments Off on “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|
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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 […]

December 28th, 2017|Featured, Human Rights, Interviews|Comments Off on “We’re human beings, and if you are suffering, naturally we are going to respond” – Mabrur Ahmed|

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|

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