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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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    Book Review: Ethnography at the Frontier: Space, Memory, and Society in Southern Balochistan by Ugo E.M. Fabietti

Book Review: Ethnography at the Frontier: Space, Memory, and Society in Southern Balochistan by Ugo E.M. Fabietti

In this rare anthropological study based on extensive fieldwork in Balochistan, Ugo Fabietti explores the question of social change in this ‘peripheral’ region of Pakistan which is negotiating with both new forces and reformulations of its past. Hammal finds the book an ambitious and path breaking work which seeks to understand the region on its own terms.

Ethnography at the […]

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    How safe are EU-designated “safe areas” in Afghanistan for returning asylum seekers?

How safe are EU-designated “safe areas” in Afghanistan for returning asylum seekers?

Last year, the EU signed a deal with the Afghan government to start deporting failed asylum seekers back to “safe areas” in Afghanistan. But Sayed Jalal Shajjan asks, how safe are the “safe areas”? In recent months the security situation has deteriorated, and it is unlikely that Donald Trump’s Afghan policy will do much to improve this in the […]

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    Rohingya refugees in India: From discrimination to deportation

Rohingya refugees in India: From discrimination to deportation

Earlier this month, the Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs announced the decision to send Rohingya Muslims in India back to Myanmar. In this article, Nafees Ahmad discusses the rationale for the move and outlines how it contravenes both international and Indian constitutional law.

Despite the efforts of civil society, domestic NGOs and international organisations, the persecution of peoples based […]

August 22nd, 2017|Featured, Law, Politics|0 Comments|

India and Pakistan at 70: Is democracy in peril?

As Pakistan and India mark the 70th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, Katharine Adeney and Wilfried Swenden compare the two countries’ divergent political pathways. They write that while India has undoubtedly performed ‘better’ than Pakistan on most democratic indicators, the current tide of Hindu nationalism may provide the biggest challenge to Indian democracy yet.

The 14th/15th August 2017 marks a special birthday. Seven […]

August 15th, 2017|Featured, History, Politics|Comments Off on India and Pakistan at 70: Is democracy in peril?|
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    The disqualification of Pakistan’s Prime Minister is a positive step for democracy

The disqualification of Pakistan’s Prime Minister is a positive step for democracy

It has been more than a week since Nawaz Sharif stepped down as Prime Minister but the national and international debates over the political consequences continue to rage. Here, Hamza Siddiq challenges the view that the Supreme Court’s decision is a blow to Pakistan’s fragile democracy, arguing that it is in fact a milestone in the popular campaign for […]

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    India’s choice: The United States and the end of non-alignment

India’s choice: The United States and the end of non-alignment

Earlier this month, an article on The Diplomat suggested that India is confronted with the choice of siding with either China or the US, or to uphold a strategy of non-alignment in the 21st century’s new Cold War. Here, Pieter-Jan Dockx argues that India has already chosen its preferred strategy. Current events such as the increased tension between Delhi […]

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    Book Review: Populism and Power: Farmers’ Movement in Western India, 1980-2014 by D. N. Dhanagare

Book Review: Populism and Power: Farmers’ Movement in Western India, 1980-2014 by D. N. Dhanagare

In Populism and Power: Farmers’ Movement in Western India, D. N. Dhanagare comprehensively traces the farmers’ movement in Maharashtra over three decades. Khurshed Alam finds the book addresses a wide range of fundamental issues relating to populism and peasant mobilization in India, and writes that it is an excellent resource for students and researchers interested in sociology, gender and […]

August 4th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, Politics|Comments Off on Book Review: Populism and Power: Farmers’ Movement in Western India, 1980-2014 by D. N. Dhanagare|
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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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    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 […]

July 21st, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, LSE, Media, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: Modi’s World: Expanding India’s Sphere of Influence by C. Raja Mohan|

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