As Indians vote through the rest of April and the first half of May, former-Financial Times journalist and author of Implosion: India’s Tryst with Reality John Elliott, assesses India’s foreign policy over the last five years. Looking at role of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who is currently seeking re-election) Elliott argues why Modi’s achievements have failed to […]
In The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India, David C. Engerman chronicles in meticulous detail the pulls and pressures India’s postcolonial state had to deal with in attempting to build a modern, prosperous and independent nation against the backdrop of an international Cold War. Did India’s policy of “non-alignment” offer its domestic interlocutors considerable leverage vis-à-vis the […]
As Indians vote in the country’s 17th parliamentary elections, Sarthak Bagchi (Ahmedabad University) goes on the campaign trail with Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai in what he argues is one of the key electoral contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
About a thousand miles away from the geographical ‘zero mile’ of India at Nyoutagpur, lies another ‘zero mile’ in a […]
“The Indian government has long recognised the need to upskill the country’s young people, especially those in rural areas. Some of the attempts to train a new generation however have failed to meet such a huge demand. Sidharth Balakrishna examines some of the practical challenges with the government’s schemes and suggested some potential solutions.
Recognising the urgent necessity of creating and […]
The ‘Colombo Development Dialogues’ (CDD) is a collaborative initiative by the LSE South Asia Centre and the United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka, in partnership with Dilmah Tea, the Citra Social Innovation Lab and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. The third Colombo Development Dialogues on ‘Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and the 2030 Agenda’ was held on 5 […]
Since the Taliban Regime was ousted by the US-led coalition forces, international initiatives have been trying to rebuild Afghanistan as a democratic and liberal state for a long-lasting peace. However, despite all efforts, Afghanistan is still far from being stable. As a significant reason, Emrah Ozdemir (Karatekin University, Turkey) investigates to what extent the interveners could understand the situation […]
It is thought that as economies liberalise, the state apparatus will withdraw from economic and social life. Lipika Kamra (O.P. Jindal Global University) argues, however, that in India the state has reorganised itself. Drawing on ethnographic research on new actors that are now a part of the state, she argues why the state’s role has expanded in post-liberalisation India.
While Myanmar is led by one of the world’s most recognisable female leaders, the country continues to possess a deeply traditional and patriarchal culture. Catriona Knapman explains what her and her fellow researchers discovered about social norms and expectations for young women activists in Myanmar wanting to become involved in the democratic process.
Myanmar has a traditional patriarchal culture, […]
As each South Asian country struggles with a fresh water crisis, Bilal Ahmad Pandow (South Asian Voluntary Association of Environmentalists) argues why a new water data sharing platform created by the United Nations, Google, and the European Commission could help countries around the region provide fresh, clean water to their citizens while helping the region to avoid future conflicts.
Abid Rehman (National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad) and Kinza Tahir (National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad) argue that in order to reduce external debt, Pakistan should focus on the non-debt-creating inflows of the economy, such as foreign direct investment and exports, rather than accumulating more debt-creating inflows in order to repay previous debt.
Pakistan’s troubled economy is one […]