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From our archives: top articles on Amartya Sen

Ahead of the South Asia Centre events to be held in June 2018, here’s a look at some articles on and interviews with Amartya Sen from South Asia @ LSE archives.
LSE SAC will host Amartya Sen for three events: on June 6 he will be in conversation with Yogendra Yadav, in an event chaired by LSE Director Minouche Shafiq, for “The Urgency […]

May 26th, 2018|Economy, Featured, History, Politics, Religion|Comments Off on From our archives: top articles on Amartya Sen|
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    Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law

Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law

A major hurdle facing the residents of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is the century-old colonial law that still governs it—the 1901 Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).  Harrison Akins gives a brief overview of the FCR’s history and structure, followed by an analysis of the current opposition to the government’s plan for reforming FATA’s legal framework.
Emerging from the turmoil of […]

May 25th, 2018|Development, Featured, History, Human Rights, Law, Politics, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law|

The legacy of colonialism in Bangladesh’s police

Bangladesh Police is the country’s primary law enforcement agency and is still guided by the basic principles of a colonial establishment, 70 years after the end of British colonial rule. Laws that were enacted at the height of the British Empire remain in effect today and control the police force. Colonial customs and traditions make it difficult for the […]

May 24th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Development, Featured, History, Human Rights, Law|Comments Off on The legacy of colonialism in Bangladesh’s police|
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    From our archives: top articles on democracy, elections and governance in Nepal

From our archives: top articles on democracy, elections and governance in Nepal

2017 was a crucial year for Nepal. After the historic elections,  35,038 representatives were elected at the local level, 550 at provincial level and 335 at federal level. Remarkably, a third of these representatives were women. We have been tracking the changes in Nepal for two years now. Here is a round-up of South Asia @ LSE articles on Nepal’s electoral […]

May 12th, 2018|Featured, Gender, History, Politics|Comments Off on From our archives: top articles on democracy, elections and governance in Nepal|

Digging for a Hindu Nation

The search for the Hindu nation is closely linked to the development of archaeology and it’s manipulative use. Rachel A. Varghese traces some past projects, misconceptions and mis-truths which aid ideas of the Hindu right-wing in India.
On 6 March, this year Reuters reported the existence of a committee that was appointed in 2017 by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra […]

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    “The major lesson that can be drawn is that China is willing to consistently support Pakistan up to a certain extent”– Dr Filippo Boni

“The major lesson that can be drawn is that China is willing to consistently support Pakistan up to a certain extent”– Dr Filippo Boni

Following his participation in the opening panel of the South Asia Centre’s London summit ‘Is China South Asia’s principle ally? Rebecca Bowers spoke to Dr Filippo Boni about the challenges facing Pakistan regarding the implementation of CPEC, and the historical importance of the Sino-Pakistani relationship.  

In light of China’s current investment in Pakistan, but also with India’s involvement in the […]

May 8th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, History, Interviews, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on “The major lesson that can be drawn is that China is willing to consistently support Pakistan up to a certain extent”– Dr Filippo Boni|
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    From our archives: five articles on issues facing the Dalit community

From our archives: five articles on issues facing the Dalit community

Many organisations in India celebrated April as Dalit History, a participatory radical history project, aimed to share the contributions to history from Dalits around the world. From the archives of South Asia @ LSE, here’s a round up of some articles on issues facing Dalit society in contemporary India and Nepal. 

The myth of the false case: what the new […]

April 28th, 2018|Development, Featured, Gender, History, Human Rights|Comments Off on From our archives: five articles on issues facing the Dalit community|
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    Finding ‘buried’ data on South Asia at LSE Library   

Finding ‘buried’ data on South Asia at LSE Library   

In response to a BBC article requesting for further information about other collections of ‘missing’ or not widely known data, Inderbir Bhullar looks at LSE’s holding of South Asian statistical material (India and the subcontinent, pre- and post-Independence) revealing that many of the 9,577 titles may be unique to the Library at the London School of Economics.

In January 2016 […]

April 27th, 2018|Featured, History, Law, LSE|Comments Off on Finding ‘buried’ data on South Asia at LSE Library   |
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    Examining the Kalburgi thesis on the origin of the Lingayats

Examining the Kalburgi thesis on the origin of the Lingayats

The story of the origin of the Lingayats, and the current demand of the community seeking minority status, lies in the late M. M. Kalburgi’s thesis. Manu V. Devadevan explores the thesis and cautions against the historical claims made as part of the current demand for minority status.
The ongoing agitation by the Lingayats in Karnataka for minority religion status has […]

April 18th, 2018|Featured, History, Politics, Religion|Comments Off on Examining the Kalburgi thesis on the origin of the Lingayats|

Caste, class and the history of the Indian passport 

Soon after announcing plans for an orange cover for passports of ‘unskilled’ Indians, the government rescinded the proposal. Kalathmika Natarajan writes that the passport has always been a document of privilege through which the Indian state has defined the ideal upper class/caste citizen eligible to travel abroad.   

In January, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced plans to issue a new category of orange-coloured passports rather than the traditional navy blue for ‘unskilled’ Indians who have limited […]

March 28th, 2018|Featured, History, Law, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Caste, class and the history of the Indian passport |

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