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    Student politics and urban political machines in ‘middle’ Bangladesh

Student politics and urban political machines in ‘middle’ Bangladesh

A common Bengali saying goes ‘to rule the country one needs to control the students.’ Julian Kuttig (Ghent University, Belgium) explains what his research shows about how student politics in Bangladesh shapes (and is shaped by) the political dynamics in “middle Bangladesh.”

Student politics have a long history in Bangladesh and are traditionally a breeding ground for future politicians. Students […]

November 14th, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    Long Read: Landless Dalits Hit Hardest By Disasters Are Last To Get Relief

Long Read: Landless Dalits Hit Hardest By Disasters Are Last To Get Relief

When Cyclone Fani hit Odisha’s coast in May 2019, it destroyed the lives and properties of 16 million people. But the worst-affected were its Dalit landless farm workers who are forced to live on the margins of villages where relief reaches last. This was also the case in the coastal villages of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu where after Cyclone […]

November 1st, 2019|Featured, Politics|0 Comments|
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    Rural women and democracy in local government in Bangladesh: Rhetoric or reality?

Rural women and democracy in local government in Bangladesh: Rhetoric or reality?

Local government is considered as the hub of any country’s central government. Without women’s participation in the political processes, a truly democratic and representative local government cannot be established. Though Amendment 1997 provided direct elections to reserved seats for women in local level elections in Bangladesh, there are some serious problems in gender balancing both in terms of governance […]

October 17th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Rural women and democracy in local government in Bangladesh: Rhetoric or reality?|
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    Long Read: The art of dissolving dissent: India’s sedition law as an instrument to regulate public opinion

Long Read: The art of dissolving dissent: India’s sedition law as an instrument to regulate public opinion

Is the Indian state encroaching on its citizen’s liberties and freedoms? LSE alumnus Ayesha Pattnaik (Independent Researcher, India) argues that despite a constitution that defends Indian’s right to freedom of speech, it is India’s sedition law that is being used by the state to control public opinion.

In an ideal liberal democracy where citizens are guaranteed expansive liberties, the state […]

October 4th, 2019|Featured, Law, Politics|Comments Off on Long Read: The art of dissolving dissent: India’s sedition law as an instrument to regulate public opinion|

Will Modi resume the battle against corruption?

During the last election, the issue of corruption took a back seat. But should Modi decide to use his second term to battle again corruption, how could the Indian Prime Mimnister advance the country’s anti-corruption efforts? Yifei Yan (LSE) and Alfred M. Wu (Lee Kuan Yew School, Singapore) explain.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured an astounding victory for a second […]

October 1st, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Will Modi resume the battle against corruption?|
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    The representation gap: Nepal and the absence of elected local government representatives for 15 years

The representation gap: Nepal and the absence of elected local government representatives for 15 years

Between 2002 and 2017 Nepal’s local government institutions operated without any elected representatives due to the country’s Maoist conflict political transition. Ganesh Prasad Pandeya (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan) looks at what the consequences have been for local government, democracy and trust in Nepal.

Elected representatives in local government are one of the most important actors and factors for promoting local democracy […]

September 24th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on The representation gap: Nepal and the absence of elected local government representatives for 15 years|

A new layer of exclusion? Assam, Aadhaar and the NRC

Could over one million people in Assam be on the verge of being effectively locked outside India’s social benefit architecture? Silvia Masiero (Loughborough University) reflects on the prospects for those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and how they could become ineligible for Aadhaar – the Government’s digital identification project linked to access to […]

September 12th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on A new layer of exclusion? Assam, Aadhaar and the NRC|

Managing the Rohingya refugee crisis: Who holds power?

From 2015, huge numbers of Rohingyas started arriving on the Bangladesh border fleeing persecution from the Myanmar military. Arnab Roy Chowdhury (Moscow, Russia) and Ahmed Abid (Sydney, Australia) explain how by stepping in to support Bangladesh to cope with the refugee crisis, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs have shaped new processes, norms, and institutions of policy advice and refugee management […]

September 11th, 2019|Featured, Politics|1 Comment|
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    Long Read: ‘Collective punishment and imprisonment’: What is life really like inside the Kashmir state lockdown?

Long Read: ‘Collective punishment and imprisonment’: What is life really like inside the Kashmir state lockdown?

The political situation between India and Pakistan has nearly reached boiling point. It’s the people living in Kashmir who are stuck in the middle, writes Rajesh Venugopal (LSE).

“Why have you come here?” asked the policeman in Hindi. He was genuinely puzzled and concerned. It was 5.45pm on a sunny Friday afternoon, and I was the only civilian in the middle […]

September 2nd, 2019|Featured, Politics|4 Comments|
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    Absence of local government in Balochistan: Where is government of the people?

Absence of local government in Balochistan: Where is government of the people?

Social Policy and Development Expert, Asmat Kakar, reports on the role of local government in delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Balochistan. 
Buzi Pass, Makran Coastal Highway, Balochistan. Image credit: umairadeeb
Participatory grassroots local government is inevitable for delivering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly in poor and marginalised areas. It not only ensures improving access to basic services but provides an effective platform to […]

August 30th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Absence of local government in Balochistan: Where is government of the people?|

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