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    LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: The invisible illness of life: Women’s health narratives in a Dhaka informal settlement

LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2: The invisible illness of life: Women’s health narratives in a Dhaka informal settlement

The second LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit featured a presentation on women’s health narratives within an informal settlement in Dhaka, developed by Sabina Faiz Rashid (BRAC University) and Mikhail I. Islam (Strategy & Design Consultant). Here they explain why public health interventions in Bangladesh can improve by listening to those who need them most.
Photo: An informal settlement in Dhaka | Credit: Momo Mustafa […]

May 20th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics

Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics

Two villages in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, Madanpur and Chishti, situated on either side of the two-lane Panagarh-Morgram highway, have often explained the prevailing political atmosphere in the state. Since 1988, I have visited and lived in these villages to carry out research for my upcoming book, Cultivating Democracy, and found that they have served as a lens to […]

Has Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign been a success?

In 2014 Indian PM Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) campaign designed to change deep cultural and social habits in India regarding toilets and cleanliness. Five years on, John Elliott looks at the data and research on the effectiveness of the campaign.

Narendra Modi has been much criticised during his time as India’s prime minister for […]

May 16th, 2019|Featured|1 Comment|
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    Bangladesh needs paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes

Bangladesh needs paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes

Rural community development in Bangladesh has led not only to socio-economic improvement, but has implications for social, economic and environmental systems, argues Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh)

Human security, a factor of non-traditional security, generally refers to the survival of individuals, community and even the world. Human security is the emerging paradigm for understanding global vulnerabilities, proponents of which challenge […]

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    No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process

No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process

Ending the civil war, bringing lasting peace to Kachin State and achieving peace were key campaign promises in 2015 of Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD).  With the 2020 election just over a year away their window of opportunity is quickly closing. Stella Naw (Civil Rights Defenders) outlines what the NLD government and the […]

The new Indian election: Free but not fair

The 2019 elections are a radical rupture in India’s recent electoral history, argues Dr Mukulika Banerjee (author of Why India Votes? and Director of LSE South Asia Centre).
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This 2019 national election in India is nothing like the one before it in 2014. There is something fundamentally different about it, even though it is superficially familiar. The vocabulary is the […]

The Delhi Voter’s Conundrum

Delhi’s governance machinery is mired under political conflict, power struggle and Kafkaesque bureaucracy. While this does not justify the appeal to vote for NOTA, it does provide possible reasons for the same argues Prannv Dhawan and Bhaskar Kumar

Picture: A busy street in Delhi | Credit: Patrik M. Loeff/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Noted social scientist and politician, Yogendra Yadav, along with various […]

May 9th, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|

India 2019: Catching the clickbait generation

A group of young people greater than the population of Germany will vote for the first time in India’s 17 Lok Sabha elections. LSE PhD student Tom Wilkinson explains why this segment of the Indian electorate has become such an important demographic during this year’s election campaign.
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The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) launched […]

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    #LSEIndia2019 The undercurrents of the water crisis in Gujarat

#LSEIndia2019 The undercurrents of the water crisis in Gujarat

Although the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to focus on the national security question in this parliamentary election, Sharik Laliwala argues that the local issue of inadequate drinking and irrigation water weighed heavily as Gujarat went to vote.
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On 23rd April 2019, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied by his most trusted lieutenant […]

May 2nd, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|

Long Read: Modi’s foreign policy performance

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 […]

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