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    Book Review: Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears

Book Review: Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears

In Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste, authors Diane Coffey and Dean Spears propose that Modi’s ambitious goal to introduce toilets to 123 million households across India will be thwarted by the failure to lower open defecation, which they argue, is linked to a concern for purity over germs, writes Asif Dowla.

Where India Goes: Abandoned […]

August 8th, 2018|Book Reviews, Development, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste by Diane Coffey and Dean Spears|
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    Examining poverty trends in South Asian countries: where is Sri Lanka among its South Asian counterparts?

Examining poverty trends in South Asian countries: where is Sri Lanka among its South Asian counterparts?

South Asia has been accommodating a significantly large share of global income and multidimensional poor compared to other regions, but the Sri Lankan example can be learned from, writes N.R Ravindra Deyshappriya. 

South Asia has been accommodating a significantly large share of global income and multidimensional poor compared to other regions. The multidimensional poor refers to individuals who are deprived of more than […]

Broken Ladder: Anirudh Krishna workshop report

Professor Anirudh Krishna joined academics and students at the London School of Economics in a workshop organised by LSE South Asia Centre. The workshop, examining key themes of Krishna’s latest book Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, provided a platform to exchange ideas on potential solutions and strategies to address the mass poverty experienced by […]

July 27th, 2018|Development, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Rural Areas, Urban India|Comments Off on Broken Ladder: Anirudh Krishna workshop report|
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    “The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee

“The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee

In May 2018, LSE South Asia Centre hosted a workshop where Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, discussed why Indian democracy doesn’t to deliver more. Ahead of the event, Anshuman Tiwari interviewed Abhijit Banerjee. Edited excerpts:
After recent changes to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) administrative system that attempted to reduce corruption by reforming the processes between […]

July 12th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture|Comments Off on “The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee|
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    Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters

Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters

There are numerous video stories of disgruntled constituents facing off with politicians going viral on social media. With the rise of social media in particular and the electronic media in general, the culture of interaction between politicians and the general public has changed dramatically in recent years writes Khalid Jarral.

In the run-up to the general elections in Pakistan social media continues […]

July 10th, 2018|Development, Featured, Politics, Technology|Comments Off on Social media: awakening, liberating and empowering the Pakistani voters|
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    Maternal and newborn health in Pakistan: risks, challenges, and the way forward

Maternal and newborn health in Pakistan: risks, challenges, and the way forward

Pakistan’s health indicators reflect a poor state of mother and child health, writes Dr Nadia Agha, who argues that rural women’s health crises must be addressed to ensure a liveable environment for new mothers and their babies. 

Babies in developed countries particularly those from Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the greatest chances of survival due to strong education, health and welfare […]

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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |
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    Gods, men and mere mortals: organisation and safety at the Kumbh Mela

Gods, men and mere mortals: organisation and safety at the Kumbh Mela

In 2013’s Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, nearly 120 million people gathered over 55 days in a temporary city of 20 sq km. In this photo essay, Rohit Sinha captures the event, part of UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, while describing how the city is built and what keeps it together.
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How do we live? Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

While poverty in Sri Lanka’s post war economy appears to be reducing, this does not give the whole picture, argues Anupama Ranawana, who claims that there is a wall of silence around the poverty and inequality experienced by many. To address this she writes, the government must not only consider more inclusive means of growth, but also deconstruct and […]

July 2nd, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Human Rights|Comments Off on How do we live? Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka|
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    Expansion and deterioration: considering the environmental implications of the multiplier effect for New Delhi

Expansion and deterioration: considering the environmental implications of the multiplier effect for New Delhi

With rising temperatures and scarce potable water, Delhi must address the the under-researched and yet widely experienced phenomenon of climate change at the urban scale in its next master plan, writes Mahak Agrawal.

It is important to highlight the under-researched yet widely experienced phenomenon of climate change at urban scale, especially in light of latest developments with respect to planning exercise […]

June 26th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Environment, Featured, Urban India|Comments Off on Expansion and deterioration: considering the environmental implications of the multiplier effect for New Delhi|

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