LSE and South Asia

Explore LSE’s relationship with the people and places of South Asia.

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    Finding ‘buried’ data on South Asia at LSE Library   

Finding ‘buried’ data on South Asia at LSE Library   

In response to a BBC article requesting for further information about other collections of ‘missing’ or not widely known data, Inderbir Bhullar looks at LSE’s holding of South Asian statistical material (India and the subcontinent, pre- and post-Independence) revealing that many of the 9,577 titles may be unique to LSE Library.

In January 2016 an article by Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s South Asia […]

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    A scholar, a lawyer and an educator – portraits of Dr B R Ambedkar at LSE

A scholar, a lawyer and an educator – portraits of Dr B R Ambedkar at LSE

Dr B R Ambedkar, LSE alumnus and author of the Indian Constitution, is depicted in two portraits around LSE’s campus. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly writes about their arrival at LSE.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar obtained his D Phil from the School in 1923 with his thesis The Problem of the Rupee, supervised by Edwin Cannan, Professor of Political Economy.

In 1947 he […]

A visit from Gandhi

LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly writes about her recent discovery of Mahatma Gandhi‘s speech to a packed LSE lecture theatre.

On 10 November 1931 Mahatma Gandhi spoke in the Old Theatre to an audience of LSE students. He was in London to attend the Second Round Table Conference on the Indian constitution, where he was the sole representative of the Indian National […]

Researching inequality – LSE and the Ratan Tata Trust

The story of the Ratan Tata Trust’s 20 year support for research into “the administration of relief and prevention of destitution” illustrates LSE’s long relationship with both South Asia and the search for a solution to inequality, finds LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly.

In 1912 Sir Ratan Tata (1871-1918) gave the University of London a generous donation of £1,400 per year […]

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    Educate, Agitate, Organise – a short biography of Dr B R Ambedkar

Educate, Agitate, Organise – a short biography of Dr B R Ambedkar

On the 125th anniversary of Ambedkar’s birth, Sonali Campion looks back on the life of the leading jurist and social reformer. She considers how his education in India and abroad, as well as his lifelong campaign to advance the rights of minorities, meant he was uniquely qualified to lead the process of crafting of the Indian Constitution after independence.

Thursday […]

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    ‘No More Worlds Here for Him to Conquer’ – Dr B R Ambedkar at LSE

‘No More Worlds Here for Him to Conquer’ – Dr B R Ambedkar at LSE

Dr B R Ambedkar first visited LSE in 1916, returned in 1921 and submitted his doctoral thesis in 1923. LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly investigates Dr B R Ambedkar’s life at LSE.

In 1920 the economist Edwin R Seligman wrote from Columbia University to Professor Herbert Foxwell, teaching at LSE recommending a former student, Bhimrao Ramji (B R) Ambedkar, and asking Foxwell to […]