Dilip Gaonkar at LSE


What's on

The South Asia Centre hosts a wide variety of events to encourage engagement between South Asia and the LSE.


The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India's One-Billion

Location: Vera Anstey Room, OLD
Date: Wednesday 14 March, 16:00 to 18:00

Discussants: Professor Anirudh Krishna, Professor Maitreesh Ghatak and Dr Sohini Kar

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Join us for a discussion on Prof Anirudh Krishna's latest book, The Broken Ladder (2017). The book brings to the fore India's economic contradictions between spectacular GDP growth and the continuation of a sizeable population living under the poverty line. This discussion will delve into the huge challenges present in India's potential growth. 

Anirudh Krishna is Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. 

Maitreesh Ghatak is Professor of Economics at LSE and is a member of the Faculty Advisory Group of the South Asia Centre.

Sohini Kar is Assistant Professor of International Development at LSE. 

Mukulika Banerjee is Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor of Anthropology at LSE.

This event is free and open to all. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.



The Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis: Bangladesh's Response

Location: 32L.LG.04 (Ronald Kose Theatre), 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields 
Date: Thursday 15 March, 18:30 to 20:00

Speaker: Mr Md. Shahidul Haque Hon'ble Foreign Secretary, Government of Bangladesh

Introductory Remarks: H.E. Mr Md. Nazmul Quanine, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK

Chair: TBC

Bangladesh’s response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis has been iconic. Despite a severe strain on its material and administrative resources, the government of Bangladesh has responded with incalculable effort, matched only by its generosity.Over the last few months, Bangladesh has received over a million refugees fleeing Myanmar, and continues to welcome more each day.

This public lecture is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand the government’s incredibly humanitarian response to a tragedy triggered by others, but whose financial costs are being borne by Bangladesh. 

This event is free and open to all. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji: Understanding the Sacred Word

Location: Thai Theatre, NAB

Date: Thursday 22 March, 18:00-19:30

Opening Remarks: H.E. Mr Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India


Professor James Hegarty, Cardiff University

Mr Prab Seyan, Noted Speaker & Former President, Watford Sikh Association

Professor Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University

Professor M P S Bedi, Chairman, P C Pirthi Bedi Foundation UK

This unique event brings together academic and community leaders to discuss the importance and relevance of The Shri Guru Granth Sahib, and the life of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji, to conclude the celebrations marking the 350th Prakash Parv of the Guru.   

The event is organised as part of the ‘100-Foot Journey Club’, established between the South Asia Centre and the High Commission of India in 2017. 

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For queries, please email southasiacentre@lse.ac.uk


Image credits

Banner image: Public lecture by Dilip Gaonkar, 'A Revolutionary at Large - Scenes from the Life of M N Roy'. Image by Sonali Campion