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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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    “People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

“People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

In this video interview with Tom Wilkinson, Yogendra Yadav addresses the changing relationship between democracy and diversity in India. As the keynote speaker at the prestigious Ralph Miliband lecture, and discussant at LSE South Asian Centre event exploring ‘The Urgency of Secularism” with Amartya Sen, the academic confronts India’s modern political transformation: that is, the growing hegemony of the […]

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    Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

As we look back on the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh summit, we select our top articles relating to the summit panels on minority and gender rights, civil society and the ‘idea of Bangladesh’, including two from LSE speakers, Professors Naila Kabeer and David Lewis. Covering a plethora of issues ranging from technology to the Rohingya refugee crisis, we hope you enjoy these articles […]

June 4th, 2018|Corruption, Environment, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special|
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    A rough life: exploring the involvement of street children in organised crime in Dhaka 

A rough life: exploring the involvement of street children in organised crime in Dhaka 

Street children in Dhaka are hired by ‘mastaans’ to carry weapons, sell drugs, collect extortion money, commit political violence and conduct contract killings.  While exploring the involvement of street children in organised crime groups Dr Sally Atkinson-Sheppard explains why they are neither victims nor offenders. They are instead ‘illicit labourers’, doing what they can to survive on the streets.

According […]

April 4th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Economy, Featured, Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on A rough life: exploring the involvement of street children in organised crime in Dhaka |

The problem of power practice in Bangladesh

How can Bangladesh’s public officials be dissuaded from either the misuse or non-use of power? Dr Khurshed Alam proposes that for the public good, enhanced systems of audit and accountability are required. 

In the constitution (clause 21) of Bangladesh, the public servants’ role is mentioned as (1)“…to perform public duties…” and (2) “Every person in the service of the Republic has a duty to […]

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    One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? 

On the first anniversary of demonetisation in India, Silvia Masiero argues that the “cashless” economy entails the risk of a new geography of exclusion, dividing those who own and operate digital means of transaction and those who are structurally unable to access them.

A year after the Indian government demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which was around 86 percent of […]

November 8th, 2017|Corruption, Development, Economy, Featured, Politics, Society and Culture, Technology, Urban India|Comments Off on One year later, has demonetisation created a new digital divide? |

The future of FATA: when reforms come knocking 

With the announcement of the FATA reforms, the time for change in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) may have finally come. Samra Anwar and Abdur Rehman Cheema give a lowdown on why democratic processes have taken so long to arrive and the challenges ahead.

With Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi re-initiating the process of mainstreaming Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), the region is again in the limelight. Unlike his predecessors, Abbasi seems to be serious on the […]

October 26th, 2017|Corruption, Development, Economy, Featured, History, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy, Society and Culture|Comments Off on The future of FATA: when reforms come knocking |
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    A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy

The Supreme Court of India’s ruling that privacy is a fundamental right is a victory for privacy advocates. However, by questioning the foundations of India’s unique identity scheme it may prove a roadblock to fighting corruption and modernising the economy, writes Abhishek Parajuli.

On 24th August, India’s Supreme Court decided that India’s 1.3 billion citizens have a fundamental right […]

September 13th, 2017|Corruption, Economy, Featured, Law, Technology|Comments Off on A bittersweet legal victory in India helps privacy but could hurt the economy|
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    The disqualification of Pakistan’s Prime Minister is a positive step for democracy

The disqualification of Pakistan’s Prime Minister is a positive step for democracy

It has been more than a week since Nawaz Sharif stepped down as Prime Minister but the national and international debates over the political consequences continue to rage. Here, Hamza Siddiq challenges the view that the Supreme Court’s decision is a blow to Pakistan’s fragile democracy, arguing that it is in fact a milestone in the popular campaign for […]

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    “The Supreme Court decision could reverse the progress Pakistan has made on democratic consolidation over the past decade” – Rafiullah Kakar

“The Supreme Court decision could reverse the progress Pakistan has made on democratic consolidation over the past decade” – Rafiullah Kakar

Following the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s unanimous decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif from office, Sonali Campion interviewed Rafiullah Kakar about the implications for democracy in Pakistan.
 SC: Could you give me an overview of what has happened, and why this has led to Nawaz Sharif standing down?
RK: In the wake of the Panama Papers leaks a case was filed against the Prime Minister in the […]

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