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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 – […]

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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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    Internal migrants in India experience a lesser citizenship status and curtailed rights

Internal migrants in India experience a lesser citizenship status and curtailed rights

The Government of India is often criticised for its failure to guarantee the constitutional rights of its citizens. The problems are often attributed to inefficiency, corruption and poverty. However, Rameez Abbas writes that development-related issues do not fully explain the exclusionary aspects of citizenship in India. Drawing on her research in Mumbai and Kolkata, she highlights how internal migrants […]

March 7th, 2017|Development, Economy, Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Internal migrants in India experience a lesser citizenship status and curtailed rights|

Breaking the silence: Returning to local elections in Nepal

It has been 20 years since local elections were held in Nepal, and as a result a whole generation of young people have been deprived of their right to exercise their citizenship in this context. In this article, Thaneshwar Bhusal welcomes the government’s recent announcement that local elections will be held in May, while also outlining key challenges and opportunities […]

March 2nd, 2017|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Breaking the silence: Returning to local elections in Nepal|
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    Life in limbo: the Rohingya refugees trapped between Myanmar and Bangladesh

Life in limbo: the Rohingya refugees trapped between Myanmar and Bangladesh

Although Myanmar’s progress towards democracy in recent years has been celebrated, the persecution of the Rohingyas has continued to escalate. Ashraful Azad highlights the serious human rights violations that are causing thousands of them to flee to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, which are unwilling and ill-equipped to respond.

Violence against the Rohingyas, an ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar, has reached a new […]

February 22nd, 2017|Development, Featured, Law, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Life in limbo: the Rohingya refugees trapped between Myanmar and Bangladesh|

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