Politics

The identity fault lines of a West Bengal voter

Following the BJPs surge in West Bengal during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Soumya Bhowmick (Observer Research Foundation, India) explores the recent electoral trends in the state to argue how an insecurity in the identity of citizens of the state has allowed a religious identity to come to the fore.

The Lok Sabha 2019 elections in West Bengal produced an […]

Legally Unequal? Citizenship in Modi’s New India

Following the landslide victory of the BJP in India’s 2019 General Election last month, Niraja Gopal Jayal (Jawaharlal Nehru University) argues that Narendra Modi’s second term could see a revival of the party’s Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016).  Alongside routinised violence against minorities, the reintroduction and passage of this bill would undermine the universal conception of equal citizenship in India.

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June 7th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Legally Unequal? Citizenship in Modi’s New India|
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    Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics

Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics

Two villages in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, Madanpur and Chishti, situated on either side of the two-lane Panagarh-Morgram highway, have often explained the prevailing political atmosphere in the state. Since 1988, I have visited and lived in these villages to carry out research for my upcoming book, Cultivating Democracy, and found that they have served as a lens to […]

May 18th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Two West Bengal villages provide a lens into the state’s emerging Hindutva politics|
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    Bangladesh needs a paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes

Bangladesh needs a paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes

Rural community development in Bangladesh has led not only to socio-economic improvement, but has implications for social, economic and environmental systems, argues Mohammad Tarikul Islam (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh)

Human security, a factor of non-traditional security, generally refers to the survival of individuals, community and even the world. Human security is the emerging paradigm for understanding global vulnerabilities, proponents of which challenge […]

May 14th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on Bangladesh needs a paradigm shift in governance: Let local community lead and power social changes|
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    No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process

No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process

Ending the civil war, bringing lasting peace to Kachin State and achieving peace were key campaign promises in 2015 of Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD).  With the 2020 election just over a year away their window of opportunity is quickly closing. Stella Naw (Civil Rights Defenders) outlines what the NLD government and the […]

May 13th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on No time to lose: Burma 2020, the NLD and the Kachin Peace Process|

The new Indian election: Free but not fair

The 2019 elections are a radical rupture in India’s recent electoral history, argues Dr Mukulika Banerjee (author of Why India Votes? and Director of LSE South Asia Centre).
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This 2019 national election in India is nothing like the one before it in 2014. There is something fundamentally different about it, even though it is superficially familiar. The vocabulary is the […]

India 2019: Catching the clickbait generation

A group of young people greater than the population of Germany will vote for the first time in India’s 17 Lok Sabha elections. LSE PhD student Tom Wilkinson explains why this segment of the Indian electorate has become such an important demographic during this year’s election campaign.
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The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) launched […]

May 8th, 2019|Featured, Politics|Comments Off on India 2019: Catching the clickbait generation|

Long Read: Modi’s foreign policy performance

As Indians vote through the rest of April and the first half of May, former-Financial Times journalist and author of Implosion: India’s Tryst with Reality John Elliott, assesses India’s foreign policy over the last five years. Looking at role of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who is currently seeking re-election) Elliott argues why Modi’s achievements have failed to […]

Long Read: The importance of being Kanhaiya Kumar

As Indians vote in the country’s 17th parliamentary elections, Sarthak Bagchi (Ahmedabad University) goes on the campaign trail with Kanhaiya Kumar  in Begusarai in what he argues is one of the key electoral contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

About a thousand miles away from the geographical ‘zero mile’ of India at Nyoutagpur, lies another ‘zero mile’ in a […]

April 17th, 2019|Featured, Politics|1 Comment|
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    Hydro-diplomats: How a water data sharing platform can ease the water crisis in South Asia

Hydro-diplomats: How a water data sharing platform can ease the water crisis in South Asia

As each South Asian country struggles with a fresh water crisis, Bilal Ahmad Pandow (South Asian Voluntary Association of Environmentalists) argues why a new water data sharing platform created by the United Nations, Google, and the European Commission could help countries around the region provide fresh, clean water to their citizens while helping the region to avoid future conflicts.

Given […]

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