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Long Read: The importance of being Kanhaiya Kumar

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 […]

April 17th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    Developing the skills of India’s next generation: challenges and solutions

Developing the skills of India’s next generation: challenges and solutions

“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 […]

April 17th, 2019|Education, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Colombo Development Dialogues: Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: the Sri Lankan context

Colombo Development Dialogues: Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers: the Sri Lankan context

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 […]

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    Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

Is it possible to understand the other: Building peace and ending conflicts in Afghanistan

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 […]

The Expanded State in Post-Liberalisation India

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.

Scholars […]

April 15th, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|

What is it like to be a young woman activist in Myanmar?

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, […]

April 12th, 2019|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Hydro-diplomats: How a water data sharing platform can ease the water crisis in South Asia

Hydro-diplomats: How a water data sharing platform can ease the water crisis in South Asia

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.

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Pakistan: Foreign reserves and the debt crisis

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 […]

April 10th, 2019|Economy, Featured|0 Comments|
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    #LSEIndia2019 | Election Video Series: The View from the Ground. Episode 2

#LSEIndia2019 | Election Video Series: The View from the Ground. Episode 2

Over April, as Indian voters participate in the world’s largest democratic process, South Asia Centre Director and Anthropologist Dr Mukulika Banerjee will be travelling around India speaking to some of the country’s poorest citizens. In this video, she speaks to Ayub Langa from Patri in Gujarat about voter apathy #LSEIndia2019.

Throughout April and May 2019, c.900 million Indians will vote […]

April 10th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|

Poverty in South Asia: The long view

Despite global income and multidimensional poverty declining during the last two decades, disparities across different regions remain substantial. Nowhere is this clearer than between South Asia and the world’s other regions. In this article, N.R Ravindra Deyshappriya explains why despite global decreases, poverty in South Asia remains proportionately high.

According to the World Bank’s estimates on income poverty, 42% of […]

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