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    The electoral victory of Imran Khan: diffusing the dynasties of control in Pakistan?

The electoral victory of Imran Khan: diffusing the dynasties of control in Pakistan?

The outward perception that the newly elected Imran Khan is a military puppet is overly simplistic, failing to acknowledge the public’s backlash against the Bhutto and Sharif dynasties, writes Saloni Kapur.   

Imran Khan’s victory in the general elections held in Pakistan in July 2018 was met with cynicism in Western journalistic and policy circles. The New York Times reported […]

September 3rd, 2018|Featured, Politics|1 Comment|

Rahul Gandhi town hall: feature length special

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi was on a short visit to London last week. This feature length special is a report of the town hall event organised by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, and the LSE South Asia Centre, using a selection of Salil Tripathi’s tweets and observations of the discussion.

The townhall event, like Rahul Gandhi’s […]

Pakistan Election Special: the usual manifestos

As we look to today’s elections, there have been substantial promises made by all parties. Whilst Asad Abbasi argues in this feature length special that manifestos are unlikely to sway electoral outcomes, if these ordinary promises are fulfilled, much can change for the citizens of Pakistan. 

The political slogans drip with emotive sentiments. ‘Honour the vote’, says Nawaz Sharif. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asks […]

July 25th, 2018|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Pakistan Election Special: the usual manifestos|

India’s global outreach from the regional level

While national discourse often restricts regional leaders to their respective states or regions,  Tridivesh Singh Maini argues that their global vision must be invited onto the world stage by Prime Minister Modi. 

There are a number of developments over the past few days which yet again send a strong message that states are bound to play a substantial role in India’s ties […]

July 19th, 2018|Economy, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on India’s global outreach from the regional level|
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    “I don’t believe that Hindutva is Hinduism” – Dr Shashi Tharoor

“I don’t believe that Hindutva is Hinduism” – Dr Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book  Why I am a Hindu. With a general election coming up in India, the battle between Tharoor’s Congress Party and the current government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, provides an interesting backdrop for the release of Tharoor’s new book. Anishka Gheewala Lohiya had the opportunity to talk to Dr […]

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    Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters

Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters

There are numerous video stories of disgruntled constituents facing off with politicians going viral on social media. With the rise of social media in particular and the electronic media in general, the culture of interaction between politicians and the general public has changed dramatically in recent years writes Khalid Jarral.

In the run-up to the general elections in Pakistan social media continues […]

July 10th, 2018|Development, Featured, Politics, Technology|Comments Off on Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters|
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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |

The Rise of BJP’s ‘Overseas Friends’

The Indian right’s global political network is dominating the Indian diaspora in the west, writes Mriganka Mukhopadhyay who claims that cultural events are becoming increasingly politicised.  

In May this year, a concert was organised in Amsterdam on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary. The event was organised by a Surinamese family of Indian descent and showcased some brilliant performances by Bengali […]

July 3rd, 2018|Politics|Comments Off on The Rise of BJP’s ‘Overseas Friends’|
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    “People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

“People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

In this video interview with Tom Wilkinson, Yogendra Yadav addresses the changing relationship between democracy and diversity in India. As the keynote speaker at the prestigious Ralph Miliband lecture, and discussant at LSE South Asian Centre event exploring ‘The Urgency of Secularism” with Amartya Sen, the academic confronts India’s modern political transformation: that is, the growing hegemony of the […]

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    Introducing “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 1)

Introducing “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this feature essay, Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson introduce their new book, Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet, which focuses on two industrial disputes in the UK: the famous Grunwick strike (1976-78) and the Gate Gourmet dispute of 2005. The book gives a voice to the women involved in the strikes and explores […]

June 14th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, Politics|Comments Off on Introducing “Striking Women: Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet” (Part 1)|

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