Last year, while participating in a discussion on Social Media, Journalism and Free Speech at the London School of Economics, writer and journalist Rana Ayyub spoke to Laraib Niaz about what motivated her to write the Gujarat Files, what life is like as a female independent journalist in Modi’s India and why an alternative space for journalism is evolving […]
“The Kabuliwala represents a dilemma between the state and migratory history of the world” – Shah Mahmoud Hanifi
Taking Afghanistan as an example, Professor Shah Mahmoud Hanifi talks to Chris Finnigan about the fundamental questions posed by migration within South Asia. With Rabindranath Tagore’s legendary short story the ‘Kabuliwala’ as a reference, Hanifi explains how religion, culture, commerce and politics have shaped people’s experiences of living and moving around South Asia, and what lessons the past can provide […]
Economist and writer Surjit S. Bhalla’s latest book The New Wealth of Nations investigates what’s behind the huge drop in income inequality and absolute poverty over the last forty years around the world. And at a time when the MeToo Movement grows in strength, he tells Rebecca Bowers how his book helps explain how women and the middle classes […]
“Bangladesh is associated with the idea of resilience and the idea of a quiet revolution” – Shahpar Selim
Following the ‘Idea of Bangladesh’ panel, forming part of the first LSE-UC Berkeley Summit, panellist Shahpar Selim spoke to Rebecca Bowers about the current greening initiatives taking place in garment factories across Bangladesh, and the potential to improve in the coming years.
RB: Following on from today’s panel, can you tell us more about the current project that you’re working on […]
“I think we need to be more humble and recognise that we don’t know what the solutions are” – Professor Anirudh Krishna
Preceding a workshop organised by the LSE South Asia Centre to discuss the findings of his new book The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One Billion with students and faculty, Professor Anirudh Krishna spoke with Rebecca Bowers about the growing need to address India’s inequality by implementing ground-level solutions.
RB: How would you say that Broken Ladder builds […]
“If the state starts to see sense, then people will follow. But I think this will take time” – Ibn Abdur Rehman
Preceding an evening of celebrating the life of eminent human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir at LSE, her friend and fellow activist I.A. Rehman discussed his work in Pakistan, the establishment of the HRCP (Human Rights Commission, Pakistan) and Asma’s powerful legacy with Amber Darr.
AD: How did you begin your human rights journey?
IAR: It started in 1949, when I […]
Following her panel presentation on minorities during the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, Dr Meghna Guhathakurta spoke with Laraib Niaz on the Rohingya crisis, radicalisation and the challenges facing minority women.
LN: You have been working with Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB),to assist the Rohingya refugees, since 2011. Could you elaborate on how the work is helping refugees in their integration in the […]
“All we want to do is fit in. To be accepted. To be part of the group”: Discussing LGBTQ rights in Bangladesh
Following the LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit, a representative from a queer collective in Bangladesh spoke to Rebecca Bowers on the current status of LGBTQ rights in the country.
RB: Can you share with us the journey that led you to becoming a gay rights activist?
I grew up in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh but since my graduation I have […]
Dr Shashi Tharoor was recently in the UK to promote his new book Why I am a Hindu. With a general election coming up in India, the battle between Tharoor’s Congress Party and the current government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, provides an interesting backdrop for the release of Tharoor’s new book. Anishka Gheewala Lohiya had the opportunity to talk to Dr […]
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 […]