The role of the family continues to hold a powerful place in Indian politics – at the village level as well as in the Gram Panchayat elections. But on closer inspection the extent of this role, and the interaction with political parties are a product of the agrarian context and the process of transition in the economy, argues Soundarya […]
Nepal’s shift from a centuries-old centralised government system to cooperative federalism has spurred varieties of tensions, particularly in relation to the institutionalisation of intergovernmental relations. Although it is too early to judge the outcome of the federalist constitution Thaneshwar Bhusal (University of Canberra) argues that a range of political, financial and administrative ambiguities are in rise, encouraging potential intergovernmental conflict. […]
Local government in Bangladesh has the power to formulate and implement policies in line with citizens’ aspirations, improving the quality of public services, and thereby promoting local development. Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University) however explains why in Bangladesh local leaders are not fully empowered to carry our their work and what the government can do to help build a bottom-up approach to […]
It has been 35 years since students’ unions were banned in Pakistan. LSE student, Hussain Abbas, explores the reasons why they were banned, what possibilities for legal reform there are, and where the students are in demanding they are reinstated?
Pakistan recently marked the 35th anniversary of the ban on students’ unions in Pakistan. The ban was imposed by Former […]
Long Read | Poor governance, trusting citizens: What explains South Asia’s high levels of institutional trust?
It is thought that a low quality of governance and poor levels of institutional performance result in lower levels of institutional trust among citizens. This is not the case however in most non-OECD countries. Looking at Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Hasan Muhammad Baniamin (University of Bergen), Ishtiaq Jamil (University of Bergen) and Steinar Askvik (University of Bergen) explain […]
As journalists, activists and protesters have come under increasing pressure over the last few years, Saloni Kapur looks at how ideas from International Relations theory can help explain how control in Indian society has changed as the country gears up for this year’s elections.
Since 2014, journalists, students and activists in India have been harassed, intimidated, arrested or even killed at […]
The Myanmar government, international donors and aid agencies need to move beyond standard peace-building and development packages based on strengthening the state, if they want to see Myanmar’s Peace Process succeed, argues Ashley South (Chiang Mai University). It’s time for a more conflict-sensitive approach, including principled engagement with Ethnic Armed Organisations and other non-state actors.
Photo: UN and Myanmar flags […]
Over one-hundred million Adivasis call India home, however many of them have been deprived of their constitutionally mandated rights and dispossessed of their lands. Focusing on the Bhil and the Gond communities in Madhya Pradesh, Ashish Vaidya (Colorado State University), argues that they are not just systemically disadvantaged, but victims of a form of structural colonial violence that grew […]
In the final days of 2018, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won her third consecutive term in an election marred by violence, accusations of intimidation and vote rigging. Now she has been sworn back into power, M Mizanur Rahman asks what does her contested victory mean for democracy in Bangladesh?
The 11th General Election was held on the 30th December 2018 […]
As the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar continues to come under pressure, Nasir Uddin looks at what will be asked of Bangladesh if the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar becomes a long-term rather than temporary feature on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border
After Myanmar’s brutal military crackdown in 2017 triggered more than 700,000 Rohingya people to flee Rakhine […]