Society and Culture

Photo essay: A great anointment in the 21st century

Every 12 years, thousands of people gather in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka to witness the Mahamastakabhisheka or the ‘Great Head Anointment’ of the 57-foot high statue of Bahubali. This photo essay captures the nearly thousand year old ceremony, which has been embellished with some 21st century additions in the form of material and technological changes. Text by Sweta Daga […]

May 4th, 2018|Featured, Photo Essays, Religion, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Photo essay: A great anointment in the 21st century|

The NRC as ‘Truth Machine’ in Assam

With the introduction of new forms of surveillance and an expansive list of criteria to meet, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the source of distress and even suicide, for residents of Assam unable to provide this information. Lawmakers, academics and members of civil society must thus consider the state’s accountability regarding this, writes Rafiul Ahmed. 

No one in Assam could […]

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    Why a relatively unknown guru movement is attracting Sri Lankan Tamils in Britain

Why a relatively unknown guru movement is attracting Sri Lankan Tamils in Britain

The move from Sri Lanka to Britain signalled a breakaway from past associations of identity and rootedness which Tamil Hindus had to contend with. The quest for Eelam is now thrust into the makings of a new guru movement striving to gain traction, writes Dhruv Ramnath.

 

The Tamil Diaspora 

In the 60s, Britain was seen as welcoming of the affluent Sri Lankan […]

April 24th, 2018|Featured, Religion, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Why a relatively unknown guru movement is attracting Sri Lankan Tamils in Britain|
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    Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) 

Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) 

LSE South Asia Centre hosted  Mr Md. Shahidul Haque, Hon’ble Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh, to speak on the issue of the ‘Rohyngia Humanitarian Crisis’ on the 15 March 2018. The event took place following the second Strategic Dialogue earlier that day between the UK and Bangladesh.  Dominique Dillabough-Lefebvre writes about his interaction with Mr Haque and the event proceedings, where the foreign secretary gave an insightful, humble and compassionate […]

April 19th, 2018|Events, Featured, Human Rights, Politics, Religion, Religion, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Bangladesh’s response to one of the biggest refugee crises of the century (Part 1) |
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    Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm

Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm

Pakistan has a high infant mortality rate, which is linked to low levels of immunisation. There is an urgent need for coordination among institutes for reducing demand and supply gaps in enhancing immunisation coverage nationally write Ghamz E Ali Siyal and Shahbaz Tufail. 

From the perspective of public health investment, immunisation programmes are considered the most successful and cost-effective for saving future generations. Globally, around 6 million children died in 2015 and out of […]

April 6th, 2018|Development, Featured, Health, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Immunisation programmes in Sindh and Balochistan desperately need a shot in the arm|
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    Book Review: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change by Shakuntala Banaji

Book Review: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change by Shakuntala Banaji

In Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change, Shakuntala Banaji draws on extensive fieldwork research to offer a rich and textured account of the place of media in the lives of children belonging to both the middle and working classes in India. Utsa Mukherjee is inspired by the conceptual and methodological sophistication of a book that challenges many longstanding assumptions […]

April 5th, 2018|Book Reviews, Development, Education, Featured, Human Rights, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Book Review: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change by Shakuntala Banaji|

Caste, class and the history of the Indian passport 

Soon after announcing plans for an orange cover for passports of ‘unskilled’ Indians, the government rescinded the proposal. Kalathmika Natarajan writes that the passport has always been a document of privilege through which the Indian state has defined the ideal upper class/caste citizen eligible to travel abroad.   

In January, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced plans to issue a new category of orange-coloured passports rather than the traditional navy blue for ‘unskilled’ Indians who have limited […]

March 28th, 2018|Featured, History, Law, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Caste, class and the history of the Indian passport |
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    Under the radar: explaining participation of ethnic minority women in London’s informal economy

Under the radar: explaining participation of ethnic minority women in London’s informal economy

Many immigrant women from ethnic minorities participate in informal work because of a range of formal institutional barriers to formal employment. Anam Bashir shines a light on the reality of the labour market for immigrant women in London.

As a Pakistani student pursuing a graduate degree in London, I was intrigued to explore why Pakistani and Bangladeshi women record the highest […]

February 1st, 2018|Featured, Gender, Human Rights, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Under the radar: explaining participation of ethnic minority women in London’s informal economy|

Indian labourers, the invisible class of Bhutan  

Indian labourers, along with the aid from India, are integral to Bhutanese economy. In this photo essay, Jaquelyn Poussot explores the problems they face — from local to geo-political level. 

Indian labourers are everywhere in Bhutan. On roadsides, in tents, cutting boulders down to gravel sized pebbles, or moving large objects using make-shift devices.  But what is their impact on Bhutanese society?  Why are there so many of them and how are their facilities are permitted to be quite so tragic?

On visiting the housing of the construction workers I […]

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    Book review: On Uncertain Ground – Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu & Kashmir by Ankur Datta.

Book review: On Uncertain Ground – Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu & Kashmir by Ankur Datta.

Ankur Datta, a social anthropologist, draws on his doctoral thesis to chart the experiences of Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the Kashmir Valley in 1990. His book addresses themes of violence and victimhood in the context of forced migration. Mark Mistry finds Datta’s testimony on Kashmiri Pandits’ displacement compelling, yet is left frustrated by the missed opportunity to delve […]

December 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, History, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book review: On Uncertain Ground – Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu & Kashmir by Ankur Datta.|

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