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    Long Read: A Pakistani homeland for Buddhism: Buddhist art, Muslim nationalism and global public history

Long Read: A Pakistani homeland for Buddhism: Buddhist art, Muslim nationalism and global public history

Buddhist iconography is an important element in India’s national flag and national emblem, and Buddhist sites in India, such as the Ajanta Caves and Bodh Gaya are well known. In contrast, Pakistan’s engagement with its own Buddhist heritage has received far less attention. Andrew Amstutz (University of Arkansas, USA) explains his ongoing research that examines the place of Buddhism in […]

Introducing: The States of South Asia

Understand India – One State at a time

The South Asia Centre is proud to launch a free, interactive online portal that compiles political, economic, social, demographic, policy and geographic data on India.

Using data from the Census of India, Election Commission of India, charities, think tanks and various government departments, it visualises key data sets of over 1.3 billion people […]

July 19th, 2019|Featured, LSE|1 Comment|
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    Long Read Review: Unwanted Neighbours: The Mughals, the Portuguese and their Frontier Zones by Jorge Flores

Long Read Review: Unwanted Neighbours: The Mughals, the Portuguese and their Frontier Zones by Jorge Flores

In Unwanted Neighbours: The Mughals, the Portuguese and their Frontier Zones, Jorge Flores explores the ways in which the Portuguese Estado da India—situated on the coastal peripheries of the Mughal empire—dealt with their Timurid neighbours from c. 1570 to c. 1640.  Unwanted Neighbours is a book that is extremely rich in thematic concerns, empirical details, and includes a varied […]

July 19th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    High on inaction: Why the international community fails to take Afghanistan’s illegal opium economy seriously

High on inaction: Why the international community fails to take Afghanistan’s illegal opium economy seriously

Afghanistan’s opium economy continues to flourish. At the same time, the country has seen the largest international military and civilian missions in recent history. How is that possible? Several attempts were made to link illicit drugs with insurgency and terrorism. But why haven’t states taken this seriously? Jorrit Kamminga (Clingendael Institute & Oxfam Novib) discusses his research into securitisation […]

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    The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

The meaning of ID cards on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: performance, nationalism and control

Borders in 2019 do not just represent territorial frontiers but are sites where ideas of nationalism are performed on a daily basis. Taking the Afghanistan-Pakistan border as an example Sanaa Alimia (Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) looks at how the introduction of ID cards has come to symbolise more than just the the control of a border.

Walls. Fences. Checkpoints. These […]

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    Long Read: Kashmir: Youth, state and the clash of narratives

Long Read: Kashmir: Youth, state and the clash of narratives

Mohd Tahir Ganie (Dublin City University, Ireland) argues that while the Indian state has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to quell the anti-India political mobilisations in Kashmir, the policy has been only marginally successful. This is primarily because the narrative of Kashmiri self-determination is stronger than ever among the new generation of Kashmiris that has emerged as the most significant actor […]

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    “Sikhs have this feeling that they are misunderstood” – Pritam Singh

“Sikhs have this feeling that they are misunderstood” – Pritam Singh

As part of LSE South Asia Centre’s collaborative initiative with the High Commission of India to the UK ‘100 Foot Journey Club’, leading academics and community leaders gathered at LSE in March 2018 to discuss the importance and relevance of Shri Guru Granth Sahib, and the life of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji. Here, Pritam Singh (University of Oxford) […]

July 10th, 2019|Featured|3 Comments|

Long Read: Muslims and an inclusive India under Modi 2.0

The landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s recent parliamentary elections and the re-election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister have, once again, cast a spotlight on the plight of Muslims in India. Although Muslim fears of a BJP-led government are not unfounded, Modi has been sending out positive signals in his outreach to them. However, […]

Tackling tax evasion in Bangladesh

Despite positive economic growth of Bangladesh’s economy over recent years, there is a significant increase in tax evasion within the country. Mohammad Nurunnabi (Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia) interviewed tax officials, business leaders, civil society members and taxpayers to find out what they thought of the problem of tax evasion and what steps could be taken to decrease corruption in […]

July 1st, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    BJP’s 2019 victory: How caste-based politics has been redefined and reinvented

BJP’s 2019 victory: How caste-based politics has been redefined and reinvented

Far from signifying the end of caste-based politics, Narendra Modi’s victory in May’s general election has reinvented and redefined caste-based politics, according to Avishek Jha (Independent Researcher). Here he argues why the BJP’s victory must be attributed to its social coalitions and the political mobilisation of less dominant castes and sub-castes not just its use of national security issues. […]

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