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    Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan

Modi’s World, a collection of newspaper articles by veteran journalist C. Raja Mohan, traces how Modi’s foreign policy has compared with that of his predecessor and how it evolved during his first nine months in power. Raj Verma finds the book an easy read with great journalistic flair, but notes that this does come at the price of academic […]

A murder is a murder, whatever the context

The death of Junaid Khan at the hands of a mob sparked rallies, followed by widespread criticism of the protesters. Maitreesh Ghatak writes that the danger of dismissing reactions against mob violence is that it  perpetuates the view that everything is partisan political fight and references to human rights are just ruses to gain an advantage. He argues that while it is […]

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    “At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg

“At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg

Ahead of the LSE Pakistan Summit 2017, Philip K Oldenburg spoke at an alumni event at the British Council in Karachi on ‘Pakistan’s loyal opposition’. After the talk, Sonali Campion asked him about India and Pakistan’s divergent trajectories, and discussed the notion of the ‘semi-loyal opposition’ as a threat to democracies everywhere.
Your most recent book looks at India and […]

June 21st, 2017|Featured, History, Politics|Comments Off on “At critical moments in history the balance of power favoured non-democratic forces in Pakistan, while favouring democratic forces in India” – Philip K Oldenburg|

Why ‘free’ speech is not always ‘costless’

Confusion over what ‘free speech’ means stems from equating the two different senses in which it is used: free as in unconstrained, and free in the sense of not having a price or cost. But even once this distinction is clarified, a neutral arbiter in the form of the state is needed to enforce laws and ensure that the rights of private individuals […]

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    Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma

In India and China in Africa Raj Verma compares and contrasts Indian and African approaches to accessing African oil. Ian Taylor finds the book draws on interesting empirical material to provide a valuable addition to the literature. However, he is not persuaded by the analytical framework that is used.

Click here to read the author’s response to this review.

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June 16th, 2017|Book Reviews, Development, Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: India and China in Africa: A comparative perspective of the oil industry by Raj Verma|

India, the US and connectivity: In search of a clear vision

The change of government in America has raised questions around the future of two major connectivity projects mooted during the Obama Administration. Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva introduce the New Silk Road and Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor, and write that consistent commitment from the US will be required if these ambitious plans are to be realised.

Only recently, the US reiterated […]

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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|

Three years and counting: The Modi Administration

It has been three years since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India. Falguni Tewari takes stock of the successes of the NDA government to date. She writes that the BJP has achieved a lot in the areas of governance, growth and ease of doing business, and that the party currently appears to be in a strong position for […]

IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath

As layoffs from the IT sector hit the headlines, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses the current employment crisis in India, where the creation of formal jobs has slowed at the same time that the numbers of young people joining the workforce every year is rising. In the face of rising automation, he writes that the government must do more to prioritise […]

May 23rd, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Politics, Technology|Comments Off on IT lay-offs reveal the dangers that lie beneath|
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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 […]

May 17th, 2017|Education, Featured, Interviews, Law, Politics|Comments Off on “I don’t see what is happening within universities as separate from what is happening in the political arena” – Kalpana Kannabiran|

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