LSE South Asia Centre and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California-Berkeley jointly organised the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 held in London on June 5, 2018. In this video interview Mahima A. Jain asks Dr Sanchita Saxena, Director of Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center and Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of LSE South Asia Centre about their vision for the partnership, Bangladesh studies and placing Bangladesh within the South Asian agenda.

“Even though Bangladesh has been doing well there is often not a lot of attention paid to the country, or if there is — it is negative,” Dr Saxena explained.

Dr Banerjee noted, “Because of its size and enormous amount of good research that is conducted there, Bangladesh becomes a petri dish for understanding issues that are complex and are commonly shared by other South Asian countries.”

Watch the video for the full interview.


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Dr Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB ) is Director of the South Asia Centre and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, LSE.

Dr Sanchita Saxena is Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, and Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies (ISAS) at the University of California-Berkeley.

Mahima A. Jain (@mahima_a) is blog editor at LSE South Asia Centre. She has a Masters in Journalism and has worked as an editor and journalist in India. 

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