Pragya Tiwari

2016 in review: Top five interviews

This year the South Asia Centre once again hosted a large number of high profile speakers, both in London and at the first LSE India Summit in Goa offering a large number of interview opportunities. Students also took the initiative to reach out to high profile academics to comment on current affairs topic. Here we round up the five most […]

December 27th, 2016|Featured, Interviews, LSE|Comments Off on 2016 in review: Top five interviews|
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    The Cauvery water dispute is more than an escalated local issue, it is an urgent cautionary tale

The Cauvery water dispute is more than an escalated local issue, it is an urgent cautionary tale

The Cauvery water dispute is symptomatic of some of the biggest problems that India is grappling with, writes Pragya Tiwari. The water wars, farmer suicides and cynical identity politics that have grown from a legal battle over the sharing of a river’s water have echoes all over the country. She writes that if India seeks to rise to the […]

October 1st, 2016|Development, Environment, Featured, LSE, Politics|Comments Off on The Cauvery water dispute is more than an escalated local issue, it is an urgent cautionary tale|
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    “I am not aware that this has been thought through” – Jean Drèze speaks to Pragya Tiwari about the new Aadhaar Act

“I am not aware that this has been thought through” – Jean Drèze speaks to Pragya Tiwari about the new Aadhaar Act

In March, the Aadhaar Bill was passed, empowering the government to use the Unique Identity scheme for delivering subsidies and services and potentially enabling it to require that citizens enroll. However, the bill has come under significant criticism. Pragya Tiwari discusses the context of the latest dispute, and speaks to development economist Jean Drèze about the potential weaknesses of the […]

July 28th, 2016|Development, Featured, Interviews, LSE, Politics, Technology|Comments Off on “I am not aware that this has been thought through” – Jean Drèze speaks to Pragya Tiwari about the new Aadhaar Act|
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    “The will of the people is not adequately reflected in macroeconomic choices made by Indian governments” – Jayati Ghosh

“The will of the people is not adequately reflected in macroeconomic choices made by Indian governments” – Jayati Ghosh

The debate over the state and future of the Indian economy has been rife over the last couple of years but increasingly there is a sense that the time to determine the course of its future is now or never. The current government was arguably elected on the mandate of economic reforms and development but the two most decisive […]

November 14th, 2015|Economy, Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “The will of the people is not adequately reflected in macroeconomic choices made by Indian governments” – Jayati Ghosh|
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    “The single-minded focus on inflation targets is not necessarily desirable or even achievable in a country like India” – Jayati Ghosh

“The single-minded focus on inflation targets is not necessarily desirable or even achievable in a country like India” – Jayati Ghosh

The debate over the state and future of the Indian economy has been rife over the last couple of years but increasingly there is a sense that the time to determine the course of its future is now or never. The current government was arguably elected on the mandate of economic reforms and development but the two most decisive […]

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    Next week, the Jaipur Literature Festival will return to London for a second visit

Next week, the Jaipur Literature Festival will return to London for a second visit

Next weekend the Jaipur Literature Festival will come to London’s Southbank Centre to showcase South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage once again. Pragya Tiwari celebrates the visit and reflects on its unique atmosphere.

The Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) ought to be declared the best festival of books and writers in the world already because there is no celebration of the written […]

May 9th, 2015|Events, Featured|Comments Off on Next week, the Jaipur Literature Festival will return to London for a second visit|
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    The Murty Classical Library is a key to the treasures of India’s past

The Murty Classical Library is a key to the treasures of India’s past

The Murty Classical Library of India aims to make historic texts from India available in English. Pragya Tiwari celebrates the venture, highlighting its importance at a time when Hindu nationalist groups are rewriting historical narratives to imply India has a single cultural identity rooted in religion.

As a doctoral student at Harvard, computer scientist Rohan Murty began to take graduate […]

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