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Message from Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the South Asia Centre

Welcome to the South Asia Centre! The SAC at LSE aims to serve as a hub for all faculty, visitors, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students at LSE interested in the South Asia region including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka. It was instituted in June 2015 to provide a focus for the various strands of work current at LSE that engaged the region whose particularities constantly challenge conventional social science thinking on a wide range of themes.

Currently LSE has more than 70 academic faculty and many more doctoral students post-docs and Fellows who work on South Asia within disciplinary departments right across the School, making it a global leader of social science expertise on South Asia. Substantial numbers of undergraduate and masters level students from South Asia also come to study at LSE every year. There is thus a huge LSE alumni membership interested in South Asia across the globe. The SAC provides a common platform for all of them.

The SAC also seeks to harness this world class multi-disciplinary expertise to further the School's fundamental mission of impacting public awareness through informed knowledge. To this end, it provides an interface between academic research and governments, think tanks, media and parastatal through a multi-faceted dialogue.

We hope all of you at LSE and beyond will attend our events, visit our website and connect with us on social media, read and contribute to our South Asia @ LSE blog and support the Centre's work.

Click here to hear more from Dr Banerjee about setting up the Centre.

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Director of the South Asia Centre's message for the new academic year [video]

Watch Dr Mukulika Banerjee discussing the motivations for establishing the South Asia Centre, how the SAC hopes to engage with people across the School and what is planned for the year ahead. 

Click here to see the video.

 

 
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Supporting student societies

In September the SAC team met Raza Nazar, Ushma Shah and Tamanna Moushumi, the current presidents of the LSE Student Union Pakistan, India and Bangladesh societies respectively. The South Asia Centre looks forward to supporting their activities in the coming year.

 
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2015/16 Annual Report

In its first year the South Asia Centre forged greater and more substantial links between South Asia and all aspects of LSE and stepped up the School's engagement with the region.

Read about all our activities - from LSE public events and the first ever India LSE Summit to our collaborations with students, alumni, faculty, regional experts and organsitions and the High Commissions - in our 2015/16 annual report, available here.

 
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SAC Deputy Director Meets Alumni in Nepal

On 6 August Dr Nilanjan Sarkar, Deputy Director of the South Asia Centre, met with the Nepali alumni association in Kathmandu to discuss the South Asia Centre's plans and activities - particularly in relation to Nepal - and find out more about the careers that alumni had pursued since leaving LSE.

 
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Farewell reception for Deputy High Commisioner of India to the UK Dr Virander Paul

The South Asia Centre, in partnership with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK, hosted a farewell reception for Deputy High Commissioner of India to the UK Dr Virander Paul. 

Dr Paul has been a strong advocate for the South Asia Centre supporting joint enterprises between the Indian Government and the South Asia Centre. This has included developing a Practioner in Residence Scheme, and a residential programme delivered at the LSE focusing on social inequality, injustice and empowerment affecting contemporary Britain. 50 research scholars and 8 government officers from across India took part in the programme, which was part of the 125th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Dr B R Ambedkar.

To see more photos from the event click here

The event was supported by Rami Ranger CBE.

 
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SAC Visit to Bangladesh

Dr Nilanjan Sarkar, Deputy Director of the South Asia Centre, visited Bangladesh from 18-21 June 2016, to meet prominent business leaders and alumni. He led an LSE delegation which included Professor David Lewis (Head of the Department of Social Policy & Member of the SAC Faculty Advisory Group), and prominent alumni Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury (Vice President, BRAC and member of the SAC Advisory Board) and Professor Imran Rahman (Vice Chancellor, University of the Liberal Arts Bangladesh). The meetings had the twin purpose of raising funds for the Centre, and to organise the first ever LSE Bangladesh Summit in Dhaka in 2017.

During the visit, Professor Lewis gave a public lecture, organised by ULAB, on "The Decline of Radical Development NGOs in Bangladesh".

Read more about his lecture in the news coverage here and here.

 
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South Asia Centre completes first year

Yesterday the LSE South Asia Centre (SAC) celebrated its first anniversary. It has been a busy year: the SAC has hosted more than fifteen events and supported LSESU societies to run their own talks and conferences. South Asia @ LSE, the Centre blog, has expanded its remit considerably and produces regular academic analysis of topical debates.

The SAC also hosted the first LSE India Summit in Goa, and in February Professor Craig Calhoun became the first LSE Director to visit Pakistan as he participated in an official SAC visit. They also organised a range of events to mark the 125th birth anniversary of leading social reformer and jurist Dr BR Ambedkar, an LSE alumnus.

The team are looking forward to expanding engagement across LSE and South Asia over the coming year, with special events planned to mark 70 years of independence.

Click here to for more info about SAC's first year.

 
Gagan Sood

Dr Gagan Sood  (Assistan Professor in the Department of International History) has authored the following book, which has just been published by Cambridge University Press. 

India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange

Based on the chance survival of a remarkable cache of documents, India and the Islamic Heartlands recaptures a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today's Middle East and South Asia. Gagan Sood focuses on ordinary people - traders, pilgrims, bankers, clerics, brokers, scribes, among others - who were engaged in activities marked by large distances and long silences. By elucidating their everyday lives in a range of settings, from the family household to the polity at large, Sood pieces together the connective tissue of a world that lay beyond the sovereign purview. Recapturing this obscured and neglected world helps us better understand the region during a pivotal moment in its history, and offers new answers to old questions concerning early modern Eurasia and its transition to colonialism.

 
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India's new High Commissioner to the UK H.E. Mr Navtej Sarna welcomed at the LSE

High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Navtej Sarna visited the LSE on March 9. He was hosted by the Director and President, Prof. Craig Calhoun who shared with him the vision and plans of the newly formed South Asia Centre; he also interacted with academics associated with the Centre working on issues of importance to India.

At the High Commissioner's suggestion, it was agreed that given the close proximity of the LSE and the HCI, as the two institutions are literally across the road, they will strengthen their ties through a new '100 Foot Journey Club' (#100FJC) that will host regular events and discussions on topical issues and research about India.

 
Prof Craig Calhoun with PM Nawaz Sharif 23 Feb 2016

Professor Craig Calhoun has become the first LSE Director to visit Pakistan.

This was at the beginning of a week long trip around the country, including Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, where Professor Calhoun, along with Dr Mukulika Banerjee and Dr Nilanjan Sarkar, Director and Deputy Director of the LSE South Asia Centre respectively, met with Government ministers, students, alumni, and gave presentations at Universities in each city. 

Read about his meeting with PM Nawaz Sharif here

You can see more highlights from the visit on our faceboook and twitter accounts.

 
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Reception for LSE Alumni from Pakistan in the UK

On Tuesday 16th February 2016, the South Asia Centre held a reception for LSE Alumni from Pakistan in the UK where they met the LSE President & Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, and His Excellency Mr. S. Ibne Abbas, High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK. 

Dr Mukulika Banerjee also spoke about the South Asia Centre and its imminent trip to Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi.

Thanks to all alumni who came, and for the support given by members of the LSE SU Pakistan Society and LSE SU Pakistan Development Society. It was great to meet you and hope to see you at South Asia Centre events in the near future

Photos of the event are on our Facebook page here

 
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LSE India Summit 2016

‘We live in a world where UBER, the largest taxi company, does not own taxis; Airbnb, the largest accommodation company, does not own rooms; Alibaba, the biggest retailer in the world, does not have a shop. In this world, the language of GDP, balance sheets, per capita income no longer make sense. We need a total redesign of how we look at global finance.’

     ~ Sam Pitroda, pioneer of India’s IT revolution, speaking at             the LSE India Summit in Goa  

The South Asia Centre hosted the first ever ‘LSE India Summit 2016’ at the Cidade de Goa on 28-30 January 2016.

Sponsored in full by Difficult Dialogues LLP, the Summit was immensely successful, with more than 300 people attended it over 3 days. 

Read more about the Summit here.

Details on panels and speakers here.

Twitter Hashtag used for this event: #LSEIndia2016 

 
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The second delegation of Ambedkar Research Students had a successful visit, finishing with a reception hosted by the South Asia Centre on Friday 27th November. 

Whilst here, two of the students were interviewed by Rozelle Laha, from the Hindustan Times, which features in an article published in the Delhi edition on Wednesday 2nd December. 

The article is featured on page 19 of the Delhi edition. Click here  to view.

 
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About the South Asia Centre logo

Sacred Fig (ficus religiosa), Pipal, Bodhi - this symbolises at once social, cultural, religious and ecological benevolence, representing a shared cultural geography and noetic economy. Find out more about the symbol and why it has been adopted as the LSE South Asia Centre logo here.

 
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The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

An LSE IDEAS public debate. 

Tuesday 4th October 2016 

6:30pm-8:00pm

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speakers: Jonathan Fenby, Yu Jie, Gideon Rachman

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman will discuss his new book Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century. Join the debate on how far the growing wealth of Asian nations is moving the international balance of power away from the West. 

Gideon Rachman is a Financial Times columnist.

Jonathan Fenby is co-founder of Trusted Sources and author of Will China Dominate the 21st Century?

Yu Jie is China Foresight Project Manager and Dahrendorf Senior Research Associate at LSE IDEAS.

This event is free and open to all. More details can be found here.

 
Pranab Bardhan

Some Research Gaps in the Interface between History and Development

A Department of Economic History public lecture

Wednesday 5 October 2016

5.00pm-6.30pm

CLM.3.02, LSE

Speaker: Pranab Bardhan

Pranab Bardhan, Professor Emeritus, Economics, University of California Berkeley, is the author of 12 books, more than 150 journal articles, and has edited 12 books. He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in emerging economies, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. His current research involves theoretical and empirical work on decentralized governance, and the political economy of development in China and India.

This event is free and open to all.

 
Spectral Wounds

The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971

A Centre for Women Peace and Security event

Thursday 13 October

6.30pm - 8pm

TW2 9.04, Tower 1 & 2 , Clement's Inn

Speaker: Nayanika Mookherjee

Discussants: Naila Kabeer, Denisa Kostovicova

Nayanika Mookherjee is the Research Director and Reader in the Anthropology department, Durham University. She has published extensively on anthropology of violence, ethics and aesthetics.

In Spectral Wound, Nayanika Mookherjee counters the assumption of silence relating to wartime rape and maps out the circulation of public memories related to the sexual violence of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 (Muktijuddho). This public memory manifests in the internationally unprecedented state designation of the raped women as birangonas  ('brave women') in 1971; an extensive 45 year old archive of visual and literary representations of the raped woman dating back to 1971; and human rights testimonies of poor and middle class birangonas since the 1990s.

This event is free and open to all. More details can be found here.

 
Gagan Sood event

An Institute of Historical Resarch round table discussion to launch Dr Gagan Sood's new book India and the Islamic Heartlands An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange

5:15pm-7:00pm

Monday 17 October 2016

Wolfson Room 1, Institue of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London

With comments by Partick K O'Brien (LSE and Oxford) William G Clarence-Smith (SOAS) and a response from Gagan Sood (LSE).

The event wil be followed by a drinks reception.

This is free and open to all.

 
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Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms

An IGA public lecture. 

Tuesday 25th October 2016 

6:30pm-8:00pm

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Caroline Freund

Like the robber barons of the 19th century Gilded Age, a new and proliferating crop of billionaires is driving rapid development and industrialization in poor countries. In her new book, Caroline Freund has identified and analyzed nearly 700 emerging-market billionaires whose net worth adds up to more than $2 trillion. Freund finds that these titans of industry are propelling poor countries out of their small scale production and agricultural past and into a future of multinational industry and service-based mega firms. This story of emerging-market billionaires and the global businesses they create dramatically illuminates the process of industrialization in the modern world economy.

Caroline Freund is the former Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank.

This event is free and open to all. More details can be found here.

 
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India's Democracy: Electoral Vibrancy, Liberal Deficits

South Asia Centre roundtable discussion. 

Friday 4th November 2016 

6:30pm-8:00pm

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speakers: Prof. Ashutosh Varshney, Ashis Ray

The speakers will explore India’s democratic and electoral record, provide an analysis of state elections in India since 2014 and assess the BJP national government’s record half way into their  term.

Ashutosh Varshney is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia at Brown University, and author of Battles Half Won: India's Improbable Democracy (2013). His book Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India (2002) won the Gregory Luebbert Prize of the American Political Science Association.

Ashis Ray  was CNN's founding South Asia bureau chief in Delhi, and is the longest serving Indian foreign correspondent. Based in London he has worked in this capacity since 1977 for the BBC, CNN, the Ananda Bazar Group and The Times of India.

This event is free and open to all.

Please email if you have any queries.

 
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Martin Woollacott in conversation with Salil Tripathi

This is a South Asia Centre book discussion.

Monday 7th November 2016

6:30-8:00pm

Venue tbc

Martin Woollacott  will be in conversation with Salil Tripathi on his latest book The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy  (2014). Martin is a journalist who has written extensively for The Guardian and was in Dhaka during the liberation war of 1971; Salil is a journalist, commentator and writer.   

This event is free and open to all.

Please email if you have any queries.

 
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Cities of the Empire

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture.

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

5:00-6:30pm

Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt will speak on the cities of Calcutta, Bombay and New Delhi, and their role in making the Empire over a century, drawing direct and close links between the colonial cities and their relationship with cities like Liverpool on the one hand, and Britain as a whole on the other. 

Tristram Hunt is an intellectual and cultural historian specialising in urban pasts. He is Senior Lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary University of London, and Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central. He is the author of Ten Cities that made an Empire  (2014).

This event is free and open to all. It is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series. 

Please email if you have any queries.

 
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My Liver is Bleeding

A LSE Arts Public Exhibition

Monday 28th November - Friday 9 December 2016

Mon-Fri 10am-8pm

Atrium Gallery, Old Building

In December 2015, photographer Magda Rakita and writer Mark De Rond travelled to Afghanistan to investigate how more than three decades of war and endemic violence has impacted the nation’s psyche.

MY LIVER IS BLEEDING presents 16 photographs by Magda Rakita taken during their visit to Afghanistan. It depicts the lives, struggles and hopes of the medical staff, the patients and their families as they attempt to address the mental health issues of a population surrounded by conflict.

More details can be found here.

 
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Leslie Knott, Filmmaker

This is a Polis Media Agenda Talk

Tuesday 6th December 2016

5-6pm

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Leslie Knott is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who has focused most of her career on documenting the lives of refugees.

In 2013, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Buzkashi Boys, a short feature shot on location in Afghanistan. In 2014, she received an Emmy nomination for “Kim Vs. Kabul” in Dan Rather Reports.  Knott has spent more than a decade working in Afghanistan, with many of her films focused on the lives of women.

More details on Leslie Knott and the Media Agenda Talks here.

 
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Forgotten Soldiers of the Raj

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture.

Wednesday 8th February 2017

6:30-8:00pm

Venue: tbc 

Speaker: Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu will speak about the nearly one and a half million soldiers from the Indian subcontinent who fought in the British army in the First World War. Travelling from remote villages in India to the harsh trenches of Flanders and France for a war that was not of their making, they fought with unquestioning valour and loyalty, winning some of the highest bravery awards.  Despite being the largest colonial military contingent, their contribution to Britain’s military engagement is almost completely forgotten.

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and writer. Her latest book For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-1918  (2015) tells, for the first time, the stories of Indian soldiers who went to the Western Front: from a Maharaja who fought for Empire to the Pathan who won the first Victoria Cross; from cooks and sweepers who accompanied the troops to the young pilots who brought down German planes; from the Indian Muslim soldiers who prayed to Mecca in the fields of France to the bonds that were forged in the mud and blood of the battlefields.  

This event is free and open to all. This event is free and open to all. It is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series. 

Please email if you have any queries.

 
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Flights of Empire: Allies, Aeronautics, and Adversary in World War II Bangalore

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture.

Wednesday 8th March 2017

6:30-8:00pm

Venue: tbc

Speaker: Jahnavi Phalkey

Jahnavi Phalkey will tell the untold story of how Bangalore was used as an aeronautical base by the British and allied armies to plan military action in Southeast Asia during World War II. Being able to use India as a base gave the British military a strategic advantage for action in the entire region beginning from Burma to Japan.

Jahnavi Phalkey is Senior Lecturer in the History of Science and Technology at King’s College London. She is the author of Atomic State: Big Science in Twentieth Century India (2013).

This event is free and open to all.This event is free and open to all. It is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series. 

Please email if you have any queries.    

 

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    In The Frontier Tribal Belt: Genesis and Purpose Under the Raj Salman Bangash explores the history of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, focussing on how British policies shaped the tribal belt and mobilised religion for strategic ends. Usama Khilji finds the book a fluid and objective guide to understanding the roots of the conflicts that we are seeing unravel in FATA today. The Frontier Tribal Belt: […]
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    The Pakistani state urgently needs to rethink its engagement with the rest of the world, but this will only be possible if political parties and civil society develop the capacity to come up with alternatives, writes Umair Javed. He argues that the dominance of the military has led to problematic foreign policy decisions over time, but that it has also resulted in the hollowing […]

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Oitij-Jo presents 3 X 3 Bangladesh Design

14 - 18 September

Rich Mix

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
London
E1 6LA
 

Private View

Wednesday 14 September
6 - 8pm

(includes a talk on architecture and design by Kazi Arefin of Paraa)

Oitij-jo Presents an exhibition of drawings, photographs and presentations of three design projects from emerging design studios in Bangladesh. Paraa’sdesign of the Amrao Manush Pavement Dweller Centre in Dhaka, Team Mritikka’s collaborative design of a garden and performance platform for vulnerable urbanchildren living in the LEEDO Peace Home.

Click here for more info.  

 
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Black Chronicles - Photographic Portraits 1862-1948

18th May - 11th December 2016

National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Lane, WC2H 0HE

The National Portrait Gallery in partnership with Autograph ABP presents a unique ‘snapshot’ of black lives and experiences in Britain.

This important display of photographs reveal some of the stories of Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s.

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 brings together some of the earliest photographs of Black and Asian sitters in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

These are exhibited alongside recently discovered images from the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images. The display of over 40 photographs highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first group of Caribbean migrants to Great Britain.

In addition, Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 highlights new acquisitions including a series of portraits by Angus McBean, of Les Ballets Nègres, Britain’s first all-black ballet company and a selection of photographs of the pioneer of classical Indian dance in Britain, Pandit Ram Gopal, by George Hurrell.

This exhibition is free. 

For more info click here.

 
London Film Festival

60th BFI London Film Festival 

5th - 16th October

Various venues across London


This year features 10 films from the South Asia Region: 

MirzyaAn Insignificant ManTu Hai Mera Sunday (You are My Sunday)A Billion Colour StoryHema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I WaitWolf and SheepThe BaitMoriiom (Moirom) as part of the shorts programme To My Mother And My FatherTehzeeb as part of the shorts programme To My Mother And My Father, and Events In A Cloud Chamber as part of the shorts programme Returning And Repressing.

Ticket are released to the public on 15th September. 

Click here for more info.

 
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Exhibtition: Bhupen Khakhar - You Can't please all

1 June – 6 November 2016

Monday - Sunday

 

Tate Moderm, Bankside, SE1 9TG

Renowned for his unique figurative style and incisive observations of class and sexuality, Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) played a central role in modern Indian art and was a key international figure in 20th century painting. This landmark exhibition showcases vivid works on canvas, luminous watercolour paintings and experimental ceramics. 

An accountant-turned-artist, Bhupen Khakhar demonstrated a commitment to representing his world with unflinching honesty. High and low merged in narrative paintings with influences ranging from devotional aesthetics and street culture to European painting and pop art. He confronted provocative themes, particularly his homosexuality, with rare sensitivity and wit. Haunting portraits of ordinary men and last works describing his struggle with cancer express a rare humanity.  

Bringing together Khakhar’s work from across five decades and collections around the world for the first time since his death, this is a unique opportunity to discover his extraordinary work and inspirational story.

Tickets from £9.50.

Click here for more info.

 
 
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