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    #LSEIndia2019 | Election Video Series: The View from the Ground

#LSEIndia2019 | Election Video Series: The View from the Ground

Over April, as Indian voters participate in the world’s largest democratic process, South Asia Centre Director and Anthropologist Dr Mukulika Banerjee will be travelling around India speaking to some of the country’s poorest citizens. In this first video, she speaks to Jasbir from Delhi about demonetisation #LSEIndia2019.

Throughout April and May 2019, c.900 million Indians will vote in what is […]

April 4th, 2019|Featured, Interviews, Politics|Comments Off on #LSEIndia2019 | Election Video Series: The View from the Ground|
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    Against elections: The Northeastern Indian society that sees voting as eroding community

Against elections: The Northeastern Indian society that sees voting as eroding community

As India gears up for elections, Jelle J P Wouters explains what he found from his ethnographic research following Nagaland’s 2013 state elections. Rather than a society committed to the idea that voting expands individual autonomy and rightful self-expression, he found a community deeply suspicious of the electoral process. A system which they thought was responsible for creating divisions, […]

March 26th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Against elections: The Northeastern Indian society that sees voting as eroding community|
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    Dynastic politics in India: What do the villages of Karnataka reveal about politics in India?

Dynastic politics in India: What do the villages of Karnataka reveal about politics in India?

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 […]

March 14th, 2019|Featured, Politics|2 Comments|

Long Read: Nepal’s federalist ambiguities

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. […]

March 13th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Long Read: Nepal’s federalist ambiguities|
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    Long Read | Poor governance, trusting citizens: What explains South Asia’s high levels of institutional trust?

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 […]

February 27th, 2019|Politics|Comments Off on Long Read | Poor governance, trusting citizens: What explains South Asia’s high levels of institutional trust?|

India 2019: The shifting sands of social control

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 […]

January 22nd, 2019|Featured, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on India 2019: The shifting sands of social control|
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    Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process

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 […]

January 18th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Long Read: The politics of legitimacy in the Myanmar Peace Process|

Bangladesh Elections: Sheikh Hasina wins, but at what cost?

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 […]

January 11th, 2019|Politics|Comments Off on Bangladesh Elections: Sheikh Hasina wins, but at what cost?|
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    Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Five Challenges for the Future

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 […]

The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa

An extraordinary political crisis was triggered in Sri Lanka on 26 October 2018 when President Maithripala Sirisena stealthy dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The stage is now set for a prolonged period of instability. With events moving quickly, Rajesh Venugopal, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Development (LSE) looks at what’s at stake if Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power.
Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at an election […]

November 12th, 2018|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa|

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