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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 […]

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    “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  

“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 […]

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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 […]

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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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    “It’s very difficult to think for yourself when you’re too busy hating your own brother” – Hameed Haroon

“It’s very difficult to think for yourself when you’re too busy hating your own brother” – Hameed Haroon

During a recent visit to London and the LSE South Asia Centre, Hameed Haroon, Chief Executive Officer of the Dawn Media Group, spoke to Sonali Campion, about freedom of the press and heritage in Pakistan. 

SC: What is your view on Freedom of the Press in Pakistan today, and what do you find are the challenges that Dawn faces as a […]

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    “The goal is to create a relationship with people on a mass level through art” – Farida Batool

“The goal is to create a relationship with people on a mass level through art” – Farida Batool

In April, Pakistani academic and artist Farida Batool spoke on the Art and Modernity panel at the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017. Afterwards, Sonali Campion interviewed her about her work with the Awami Art Collective, a group which protests, reclaims public space and builds community using art.
SC: You co-founded the Awami Art Collective, a group of artists and activists which […]

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    “CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

“CSR is no longer a ‘feel-good’ activity but rather a diligently monitored exercise designed to instigate meaningful change” – Mukund Govind Rajan

Dr Mukund Govind Rajan participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility panel at the LSE India Summit 2017, where he discussed the benefits and drawbacks of ‘forced philanthropy’ brought in as part of the Companies Act (2013). After the session, he spoke to Alexander Spalding about Tatas’ longstanding commitment to using its expertise to achieve effective CSR and social change.
AS: […]

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    “The Supreme Court decision could reverse the progress Pakistan has made on democratic consolidation over the past decade” – Rafiullah Kakar

“The Supreme Court decision could reverse the progress Pakistan has made on democratic consolidation over the past decade” – Rafiullah Kakar

Following the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s unanimous decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif from office, Sonali Campion interviewed Rafiullah Kakar about the implications for democracy in Pakistan.
 SC: Could you give me an overview of what has happened, and why this has led to Nawaz Sharif standing down?
RK: In the wake of the Panama Papers leaks a case was filed against the Prime Minister in the […]

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    “If you don’t understand the river system, all efforts to rejuvenate it will be wrong or incomplete” – Manoj Misra

“If you don’t understand the river system, all efforts to rejuvenate it will be wrong or incomplete” – Manoj Misra

India’s rivers are in a critical state, with many of the major water systems dead or dying. At India @ 70: LSE India Summit, campaigner Manoj Misra argued that the rivers will not be saved unless decision makers take a holistic approach to understanding and reviving the river systems. After the session, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the […]

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    “Art history, philosophy and literature are not institutionally valued in Pakistan so people don’t pursue them. It’s a vicious circle” – Iftikhar Dadi

“Art history, philosophy and literature are not institutionally valued in Pakistan so people don’t pursue them. It’s a vicious circle” – Iftikhar Dadi

The Art and Modernity panel at the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 was chaired by academic and artist Dr Iftikhar Dadi. Following the session, he spoke to Sonali Campion about modernism as a global aesthetic, the lack of art history education in Pakistan and the inspirations for his own art.
SC: Today’s panel was about art and modernity in Pakistan. Would […]

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