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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.
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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 […]

July 26th, 2017|Environment, Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “If you don’t understand the river system, all efforts to rejuvenate it will be wrong or incomplete” – Manoj Misra|
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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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    “India needs to drastically cut the amount of water used in agriculture without compromising food production” – Biksham Gujja

“India needs to drastically cut the amount of water used in agriculture without compromising food production” – Biksham Gujja

At the LSE India Summit 2017 Biksham Gujja emphasised the need for taking measures for improving India’s agricultural productivity while reducing its water footprint. After the panel, Sonali Campion asked him to elaborate on India’s success in producing food to date and why new approaches to agriculture are now urgently needed.
You said on the panel that India has done well […]

July 12th, 2017|Development, Environment, Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “India needs to drastically cut the amount of water used in agriculture without compromising food production” – Biksham Gujja|
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    “Campaigns to change the law have made it part of state policy to favour women’s rights and combat violence against women” – Hina Jilani

“Campaigns to change the law have made it part of state policy to favour women’s rights and combat violence against women” – Hina Jilani

At the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 veteran lawyer and human rights activist Hina Jilani spoke on the Constitution panel. Here she speaks to Sonali Campion about the achievements of the women’s rights movement, the weaknesses of the law in protecting women and minorities, and the need for a regional approach to human rights in South Asia. 
SC: You have campaigned […]

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    “As geopolitical tensions unfold India will need a more agile and engaged foreign policy to protect its autonomy” – Rakesh Sood

“As geopolitical tensions unfold India will need a more agile and engaged foreign policy to protect its autonomy” – Rakesh Sood

At India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017, Ambassador Rakesh Sood was part of a panel of distinguished experts discussing India as a rising global power. After the plenary, he spoke to Alexander Spalding about the direction of Indian foreign policy and Indo-US relations.

AS: Could we start off our discussion on Indian foreign policy today by investigating what is […]

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    “India needs clarity about President Trump’s policy towards China because there have been a lot of contradictions” – Kanwal Sibal

“India needs clarity about President Trump’s policy towards China because there have been a lot of contradictions” – Kanwal Sibal

The LSE India Summit in March featured a session on India’s foreign policy, featuring experts including four former Indian diplomats. After the discussion, Rebecca Bowers caught up with Ambassador Kanwal Sibal to discuss India’s foreign policy in more detail, particularly in relation to Trump’s America, West Asia and Britain on the brink of Brexit. 
RB: In your opinion, how might […]

June 23rd, 2017|Featured, Interviews, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “India needs clarity about President Trump’s policy towards China because there have been a lot of contradictions” – Kanwal Sibal|
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    “If you don’t have food security what development can you have?” – Naomi Hossain

“If you don’t have food security what development can you have?” – Naomi Hossain

Earlier this year, Naomi Hossain drew on her latest book The Aid Lab to discuss Bangladesh’s development at the South Asia Centre. Before the session, Sonali Campion interviewed her about how crises before and after independence may have paved the way for development success, and the lessons other countries can take from Bangladesh.
SC: Your new book ‘The Aid Lab’ […]

June 7th, 2017|Development, Economy, Environment, Featured, Interviews, LSE, Politics|Comments Off on “If you don’t have food security what development can you have?” – Naomi Hossain|

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