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    Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) 

Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) 

LSE South Asia Centre hosted  Mr Md. Shahidul Haque, Hon’ble Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh, to speak on the issue of the ‘Rohyngia Humanitarian Crisis’ on the 15 March 2018. The event took place following the second Strategic Dialogue earlier that day between the UK and Bangladesh.  Dominique Dillabough-Lefebvre writes about his interaction with Mr Haque and the event proceedings, where the foreign secretary gave an insightful, humble and compassionate […]

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    Examining the Kalburgi thesis on the origin of the Lingayats

Examining the Kalburgi thesis on the origin of the Lingayats

The story of the origin of the Lingayats, and the current demand of the community seeking minority status, lies in the late M. M. Kalburgi’s thesis. Manu V. Devadevan explores the thesis and cautions against the historical claims made as part of the current demand for minority status.
The ongoing agitation by the Lingayats in Karnataka for minority religion status has […]

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    The rise of religious intolerance in the politics of Pakistan?

The rise of religious intolerance in the politics of Pakistan?

According to Muhammad Suleman, recent developments including numerous instances of shoe throwing, are part of the growing politicisation of religion in Pakistan which may also have a detrimental effect for the PML-N in the upcoming elections. 

Hurling shoes at prominent personalities or world leaders is not a rare phenomenon. These incidents have occurred since time immemorial. The historical significance of […]

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    Did India grow slower than the world when the Nehru-Gandhis were in power?

Did India grow slower than the world when the Nehru-Gandhis were in power?

During a recent exchange with an audience member, Rahul Gandhi was grilled over the growth of the Indian economy during the period of Gandhi-led Congress rule. However, a simplistic comparison of growth rates across regimes is not a very meaningful measure of their performance, Maitreesh Ghatak writes. 

There was a recent exchange between Rahul Gandhi and an audience member at an event […]

Maldives Crisis: A Catch-22 Situation for India 

The current crisis in the Maldives can be seen as an opportunity for India to regain its lost influence in the country, and subsequently in the region. Although challenges are far greater than opportunities writes Sarral Sharma.

Despite outpouring domestic and international pressure, the Abdulla Yameen government on 20 February approved a 30-day extension of the state of emergency in the Maldives. President Yameen has not budged under growing domestic politico-economic concerns and possible diplomatic alienation […]

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    Book Review: The New Pakistani Middle Class by Ammara Maqsood 

Book Review: The New Pakistani Middle Class by Ammara Maqsood 

The book unveils multiple facets of the country’s middle class, its trajectory since Pakistan’s creation and its understanding of and experience with the concept of a modern progressive nation and religion. Hina Shaikh reviews Dr Ammara Maqsood’s ethnographic debut. 

Pakistan has a rising middle class, now a critical segment of the country’s population, exhibiting great variation in its political, social and even economic positioning. There is, however, lack of sound socio-scientific research and literature on the evolution of this segment of the […]

Caste, class and the history of the Indian passport 

Soon after announcing plans for an orange cover for passports of ‘unskilled’ Indians, the government rescinded the proposal. Kalathmika Natarajan writes that the passport has always been a document of privilege through which the Indian state has defined the ideal upper class/caste citizen eligible to travel abroad.   

In January, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced plans to issue a new category of orange-coloured passports rather than the traditional navy blue for ‘unskilled’ Indians who have limited […]

A False Promise of Political Stability in Nepal?

Contrary to the Left Alliance’s campaign pledge, it is unlikely that the new government will deliver a new level of political stability to Nepal. There are four reasons why, writes Julia Strasheim. 

After almost three months in political limbo, Nepalis watched on 15 February 2018 as their 26th prime minister in 28 years was sworn into office. Owing to the […]

March 19th, 2018|Featured, Politics|1 Comment|
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    Indian Budget 2018: true acid test of NDA’s reformist credentials

Indian Budget 2018: true acid test of NDA’s reformist credentials

The Modi government’s 2018 budget is on the right track, but under-funded writes Aarati Krishnan. It lacks adequate financial outlays and details to see some of the big-bang announcements through, have cast doubts on whether this budget will deliver on what it promised. 

While taking stock of India’s Union Budgets after the dust has settled, is always difficult to decide if one must assess them for their policy initiatives or their ability to make the fiscal ends meet. The Modi government’s 2018 budget, the last full one before […]

March 15th, 2018|Economy, Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Indian Budget 2018: true acid test of NDA’s reformist credentials|
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    The winds of change in Sri Lanka? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Sri Lankan politics

The winds of change in Sri Lanka? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Sri Lankan politics

Whilst the external support received by the government in Sri Lanka from India and the West may play a pivotal role in the coming months in terms of securing the grip of power in the parliament, the outcome of the local elections in Sri Lanka has created a political storm in the island, write Eshan Jayawardena and Punsara Amarasinghe.  

The local […]

March 13th, 2018|Featured, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on The winds of change in Sri Lanka? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Sri Lankan politics|

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