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Upcoming Events

Journeys to Independence Exhibition

Exhibtion: Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Curated by LSE Library in partnership with the South Asia Centre

Monday 18th September - Friday 15th December 2017

9am - 7pm Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm Sat/Sun

LSE Library Gallery, LSE Library

Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh  draws on the archives of LSE Library, giving a British perspective on the Indian subcontinent during the 20th century. It includes material related to the Civil Disobedience Movement, British women campaigning in India for birth control, and the founding of Pakistan and Bangladesh. Also on display are archives demonstrating LSE’s historic relationship with the region, including LSE alumnus and champion of Dalit rights Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.

For more information, and to hear a podcast giving a taster of the materials on display, visit the exhibition page here.

 
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DSC Prize for South Asian Shortlist Announcement and Panel Discussion

Hosted by Surina Narula in partnership with the South Asia Centre

Wednesday 27th September 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Shaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building

The event will feature a panel on film and literature with Steven Bernstein, Michael Wood and Gurinder Chadha.

The short list announcement will be followed by a reception in the Senior Dining Room (5th Floor).

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Palvi Haria-Shah palvi@hyverhall.com 

 
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Ram Rahim: Faith and Justice in India

This is a discussion by the South Asia Centre in partnership with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union, UK.

TBC

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Speaker: Utsav Singh Bains

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

The conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim, a self-styled godman, by the Indian Judiciary for charges of rape was a landmark judgement in criminality in a society where there are hundreds of self-styled ‘godmen’ with substantial numbers of followers. Since the conviction in August this year, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (the apex council of Hindu sadhus) have published – for the first time – a list of fake godmen/godwomen, demanding a crackdown by state authorities on such cult leaders. In this session, the lawyer for the plaintiffs who brought the criminal charges against Godman Ram Rahim will examine from first-hand experience the details of this landmark judgement, amidst the wider role asked for and played by the state and the judiciary in spiritual matters and the regulation of local religious figures in India today.

Utsav Singh Bains (@UtsavBains)  is a human rights lawyer at the Supreme Court of India. He represented the plaintiffs in the criminal case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. 

Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Please email if you have any queries.

 

 
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Talking Economics: Finance and Reform in India

This is a discussion by the South Asia Centre in partnership with the Institute for New Economic Thinking, New Delhi.

Thursday, 5th October 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

The Seminar Room, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi 110001

Speaker: Adair Turner

Discussant: Mr Nasser Munjee

This discussion is part of the series ‘Artha Vivaad: Lectures in New Economic Thinking’ by INET.

Adair, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell is a businessman and academic. Most recently, he has authored Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit and Fixing Global Finance (Princeton, 2015); he was formerly Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, and Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry. Sir Adair is currently Chairman of INET, New York. 

Nasser Munjee set up IDFC in India, is Chairman of the Development Credit Bank, and Tata Motor Finance Ltd., and serves on the Board of several other companies including Jaguar Land Rover plc, ABB Ltd, HDFC Ltd. Nasser is Chair of the Senior Advisory Board of the South Asia Centre (LSE). 

This event is free and open to all. 

Please email if you have any queries.

 
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Barrister Gandhi Takes the Stand

This is a lecture by invitation only, by the South Asia Centre in collaboration with The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Monday, 2nd October 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00pm

Inner Temple Hall

Speaker: Dr Faisal Devji

This special lecture at once commemorates the birth anniversary of M. K. Gandhi, called to the Bar by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 1891, and later Father of the Indian Nation; the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

Dr Faisal Devji is University Reader in Modern South Asian History, University of Oxford. Dr Devji is interested in Indian political thought as well as that of modern Islam. He has published The Impossible India: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence (2012), which focuses on Gandhi’s unsentimental engagement with the hard facts of imperial domination, fascism and civil war, while placing Gandhi at the centre of modern history who explores a new political reality. His most recent publication Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea (2013)explores how Pakistan was founded on a philosophy that accords with Zionism in surprising ways.

This event is by invitation only. Please email if you have any queries.

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Can Intelligence Services do Good? A Conversation between Indian and Pakistani Former Chiefs

This is a South Asia Centre and LSESU Pakistan Development Society public lecture, co-hosted with the South Asia Future Forum.

Friday 6th October 2017

6.30pm - 8pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Amarjit Singh Dulat, Ehsan ul Haq

Discussants: Aamir Ghauri, Rahul Roy-Chaudhury

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee 

The panel will explore the nature of intelligence services in India and Pakistan, their challenges, limits and potentials towards domestic and international security issues. This event is co-hosted by the South Asia Future Forum, LSESU Pakistan Development Society and South Asia Centre.

Amarjit Singh Dulat is former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing.

Ehsan ul Haq is former Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence.

Aamir Ghauri (@AamirGhauri) is the founder and Director of South Asia Future forum, and the editor of The News, Islamabad.

Rahul Roy-Chaudhury is Senior Fellow for South Asia, International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Please note this event is unticketed and likely to be busy. Seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis so we advise arriving early to avoid disappointment.

Please email if you have any queries.  

Event image credit: Paul Vladuchick Investigation CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

 
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The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Geographical Imagination of Pakistan

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Monday 16th October 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

TBC

Speaker: Dr Lucy Chester

The Radcliffe Boundary Commission, which drew the lines dividing India and Pakistan in 1947, brought both the culmination of hopes for an independent Muslim state in South Asia and disappointment for those who had imagined that state in a different geographic form.  Proponents of ‘Pakistan’ in the 1930s and 1940s held a variety of views about its rightful boundaries; this talk will examine the effects of earlier visualisations of that Pakistan on the work of the Radcliffe Commission.

Dr Lucy Chester is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lucy’s monograph Borders and Conflicts in South Asia: The Radcliffe Boundary Commission and the Partition of Punjab (2009) is the only modern study of the drawing of the Radcliffe Line (separating India and Pakistan) by Sir Cyril Radcliffe a few months before the partition of the Indian subcontinent in August 1947. Her more recent research has been on cartography, and on Britain and the Palestine Mandate.

This event is free and open to all. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition "Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh" in LSE Library.

Please email if you have any queries.    

 
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Nature and Nation: India’s Post-Independence Environmental Transformations

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Monday 13th November 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

TBC

Speaker: Dr Mahesh Rangarajan

The aftermath of Indian independence not only witnessed an acceleration of rates of economic and demographic expansion, but was also a period when the ways in which people related to the environment underwent changes. These were of defining significance both in terms of ecological destruction and measures for conservation, yet are often overshadowed by socio-political narratives. This talk will reflect more deeply on the processes behind independent India’s environmental shifts and how its nature was remade.

Dr Mahesh Rangarajan is Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, Sonepat. He has written extensively on environment in Indian history. His most recent publication is Nature and Nation: Essays on Environmental History (2015), which discusses events and processes that show how specific environmental changes happened, and the global ecological dimensions of Indian transformations.

This event is free and open to all. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition "Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh"  in LSE Library.

Please email if you have any queries

 
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Pakistan and the Grand Narratives of 20th Century History 

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Monday 4th December 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr David Gilmartin

The birth of Pakistan as an historical event varies depending on the lens through which it is viewed and interpreted. In this talk, David Gilmartin will explore the different understandings of Pakistan produced by competing narratives of 20th century world history, whether it is empire and nation, religion and democracy, or environment and development.

Dr David Gilmartin is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the intersection between history and imperialism in South Asia; he is currently working on the legal inheritances of India’s electoral institutions from colonial times, and their concomitant visions of sovereignty. His most recent publication is Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History (2015).

This event is free and open to all. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition "Journeys to Independence: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh"  in LSE Library.

Please email if you have any queries.    

 
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