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    Gods, men and mere mortals: organisation and safety at the Kumbh Mela

Gods, men and mere mortals: organisation and safety at the Kumbh Mela

In 2013’s Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, nearly 120 million people gathered over 55 days in a temporary city of 20 sq km. In this photo essay, Rohit Sinha captures the event, part of UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, while describing how the city is built and what keeps it together.
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    “People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

“People like me feel like the very idea of India is under challenge” – Yogendra Yadav

In this video interview with Tom Wilkinson, Yogendra Yadav addresses the changing relationship between democracy and diversity in India. As the keynote speaker at the prestigious Ralph Miliband lecture, and discussant at LSE South Asian Centre event exploring ‘The Urgency of Secularism” with Amartya Sen, the academic confronts India’s modern political transformation: that is, the growing hegemony of the […]

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    Everyday life versus ‘world-class’ aspirations: the (re)imagined roads of Bangalore city

Everyday life versus ‘world-class’ aspirations: the (re)imagined roads of Bangalore city

The aim of transforming urban roads in Bangalore into “world-class” roads by Tender-SURE is more of an imposition rather than a true representation of the informed collective aspirations of citizens, writes G Sai Sanath.

Formalised in 2012, Tender-SURE (Tender Specification for Urban Road Execution) is an urban roads development project in Bangalore city with a particular focus on pedestrians and […]

June 19th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Featured, Society and Culture, Urban India|Comments Off on Everyday life versus ‘world-class’ aspirations: the (re)imagined roads of Bangalore city|

Increasing inequality in India: a silent subject?

 With more than a quarter of the population living below the international poverty line, even after twenty-five years of economic reforms, it is imperative that inequality becomes omnipresent in economic-political discourse and policy in India, writes Anmol Agarwal. 

“The question is simple, the answer is not” wrote development economist Branko Milanovic discussing economic inequality in India. The answers are not only […]

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    Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special

As we look back on the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh summit, we select our top articles relating to the summit panels on minority and gender rights, civil society and the ‘idea of Bangladesh’, including two from LSE speakers, Professors Naila Kabeer and David Lewis. Covering a plethora of issues ranging from technology to the Rohingya refugee crisis, we hope you enjoy these articles […]

June 4th, 2018|Corruption, Environment, Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on Commemorating the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit: Bangladesh article special|
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    Announcing the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 in London

Announcing the first LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018 in London

The South Asia Centre (LSE) and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies (UC Berkeley) will be co-hosting the first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE on June 5, 2018. The Summit celebrates the resilience of a nation  confronted with an array of challenges.

In recent months, Bangladesh has frequently made headlines for its substantial […]

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    Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law

Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law

A major hurdle facing the residents of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is the century-old colonial law that still governs it—the 1901 Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR).  Harrison Akins gives a brief overview of the FCR’s history and structure, followed by an analysis of the current opposition to the government’s plan for reforming FATA’s legal framework.
Emerging from the turmoil of […]

May 25th, 2018|Development, Featured, History, Human Rights, Law, Politics, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Pakistan’s ‘Pashtun Spring’ faces off against a colonial-era law|

Digging for a Hindu Nation

The search for the Hindu nation is closely linked to the development of archaeology and it’s manipulative use. Rachel A. Varghese traces some past projects, misconceptions and mis-truths which aid ideas of the Hindu right-wing in India.
On 6 March, this year Reuters reported the existence of a committee that was appointed in 2017 by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra […]

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    The India-China relationship: why links between Indian states and Chinese provinces are essential

The India-China relationship: why links between Indian states and Chinese provinces are essential

China and India need to strengthen the ‘regional forum’ mechanism to broaden the areas in which exchanges take place, rather than individual provinces, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini. Such engagement will broaden the constituency for a better relationship between both countries and foster better people-to-people linkages as well as economic ones, he concludes.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent China visit […]

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    From science to insurgency: Looking back on women’s coverage week

From science to insurgency: Looking back on women’s coverage week

Earlier this year, South Asia @ LSE renewed its efforts to increase the number of women writers and also the amount of gender related content featured in the blog. As we approach two months since International Women’s Day, we return to some of the pressing issues facing women across an array of industries and activities, ranging from science to insurgency.

“The fact that […]

May 5th, 2018|Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Interviews, Media, Society and Culture, Technology|Comments Off on From science to insurgency: Looking back on women’s coverage week|

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