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    Pakistan in the eyes of the world: A new perspective on a blemished international image

Pakistan in the eyes of the world: A new perspective on a blemished international image

As part of a research project exploring perceptions of Pakistan, Farzana Shaikh discussed how its image is compromised by a disconnect between the stated position of the elected authorities and the reality of the way power is exercised. Here Nadir Cheema offers an overview of his conversation with Dr Sheikh, in which she argues that in order to start to […]

India @70: Citizenship and the Constitution of India

Harish Alagappa and Sonali Campion report from the second day of India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017, which saw an engaging panel that featured some of India’s leading legal experts explore the history and future of the longest written constitution in the world.

Speaking from her years of experience documenting and fighting injustice, Kalpana Kannabiran, Director of the […]

April 7th, 2017|Education, Events, Featured, Politics|Comments Off on India @70: Citizenship and the Constitution of India|
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    Behind the struggle against erosion of free speech is a fight over the rule of law

Behind the struggle against erosion of free speech is a fight over the rule of law

In the wake of the Ramjas College incident and the nomination of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of UP, Maitreesh Ghatak writes the fight over free speech is about the institutional protection of individuals’ basic rights from mob rule and putting a check on the state’s coercive power.

A few weeks ago, finance minister Arun Jaitley was at an LSE South Asia […]

March 28th, 2017|Featured, LSE, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Behind the struggle against erosion of free speech is a fight over the rule of law|

Looking forward to the first ever LSE Pakistan Summit

As the Pakistan @ 70: LSE Pakistan Summit 2017 approaches, Shema Bhujel reflects on LSE’s long-standing ties with Pakistan and introduces the four core topics that will be discussed as key issues which are shaping the future of this burgeoning nation.

LSE’s connections with Pakistan go back more than a century when its Founders – Sidney and Beatrice Webb – […]

March 24th, 2017|Development, Events, Featured, LSE, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Looking forward to the first ever LSE Pakistan Summit|
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    “To give the British credit for things that were never intended to benefit India is a mistake” – Shashi Tharoor

“To give the British credit for things that were never intended to benefit India is a mistake” – Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India. While visiting LSE, he spoke to Sonali Campion about the need to challenge existing narratives about the British in India, the uniquely exploitative nature of the Raj and the legacies of Empire.

You write that the need to temper […]

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    India @ 70: From inauspicious beginnings to a superpower in the making

India @ 70: From inauspicious beginnings to a superpower in the making

India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017 will feature panels discussing concerns relevant to India’s future while also exploring the key moments that have shaped the course of independent Indian history. Harish Alagappa looks back at the political and economic developments of the last 70 years.

Urban legends purport that sometime in early August 1947 a group of astrologers met […]

Local government and Pakistan’s reluctant political elite

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan made provisions for substantial devolution of power to provincial and local government. However, Asmat Kakar writes that provinces have been slow to establish local institutions, dragging their heels on holding elections and on handing over the necessary funds and power for the new bodies to function effectively. He makes suggestions as […]

March 16th, 2017|Featured, LSE, Politics|1 Comment|
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    Demonetisation was bad economics but as an act of vigilantism it served Modi well politically

Demonetisation was bad economics but as an act of vigilantism it served Modi well politically

People suffered but Maitreesh Ghatak writes that voting in the state elections may have been driven less by anger over the damage to immediate economic interests than by their belief that a ‘decisive’ Modi would make them better off in the long run.

How can one explain the stupendous success of Narendra Modi in leading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory […]

March 14th, 2017|Economy, Featured, LSE, Politics|Comments Off on Demonetisation was bad economics but as an act of vigilantism it served Modi well politically|

2017 Legislative Assembly election results: Experts react

Yesterday the results were announced for five legislative elections held in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa. Mukulika Banerjee, Surajit Bhalla, Meghnad Desai and Maitreesh Ghatak, who were at LSE for the fourth LSE SU India Forum, gathered to discuss key trends and features emerging from the results.

Mukulika Banerjee: We’re at LSE as the results are coming in. […]

March 12th, 2017|Featured, LSE, Politics|Comments Off on 2017 Legislative Assembly election results: Experts react|
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    Demonetisation, digitisation and narrow definitions of nationalism: Arun Jaitley’s visit to LSE

Demonetisation, digitisation and narrow definitions of nationalism: Arun Jaitley’s visit to LSE

During his recent visit to the UK, the Minister of Finance of the Government of India Mr Arun Jaitley visited LSE to discuss his economic vision for India and engage in an audience discussion. The 100 Foot Journey Club event, held in partnership with the High Commission of India, was jointly hosted by the South Asia Centre and Financial […]

March 9th, 2017|Corruption, Economy, Events, Featured, LSE, Politics|Comments Off on Demonetisation, digitisation and narrow definitions of nationalism: Arun Jaitley’s visit to LSE|

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