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Recent Events

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

Please note the entry requirements for this event have now changed. This event is now open to all current LSE students and staff, who will need a valid LSE ID card in order to gain entry to the event, and registered guests with ID. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes to those who may now be unable to attend this event.

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.

Due to overwhelming interest in tomorrow’s event, only those whose names are on the invitation list will be admitted, alongside the internal LSE community of staff and students [Proof of LSE ID will be required]. If you wish to confirm your attendance, please do so by return email. Should you have colleagues who might also be interested in hearing from our speakers on this important topic, please ask them to send their name, email address and institutional affiliation to the LSE South Asia Centre administrator, Ms Shema Bhujel  <> by 12 noon on Friday 6th October 2017. The list will be closed after that time and we regret any inconvenience.

Guests who have registered are asked to turn up at the NAB where they will be given  a ticket and directed to the venue. Please try to arrive by 6pm, in order to be seated in the venue by 6.20pm, as after which time any unused guest seats will be released if they are required.

Please email if you have any queries.  

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


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.



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.

AdairLord 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.


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.

Tuesday, 3 October 2016

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Venue TBC to ticket holders

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.

This event is ticketed. Please register here to get your free ticket as there is a limited number of tickets available. Please email if you have any queries.

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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 

Amartya Sen

Film screening: The Argumentative Indian

South Asia Centre and Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival screening and Q&A. 

Tuesday 27th June 2017


Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

European premiere of new documentary about Amartya Sen, featuring a live Q&A with Professor Sen

This fascinating documentary offers an insight into the mind of Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, one of the world’s greatest living economists and philosophers. Structured as a free flowing conversation between Sen and his student and Cornell economics professor Kaushik Basu, this rare film explores the laureate’s formative years in Tagore’s ashram, Shantiniketan to his college in Calcutta and his academic career in the US and UK

The screening will begin at 6.30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Sen, chaired by Dr Mukulika Banerjee.

More details here. Get your ticket here  (discount available for students)

Roy Moxham

The Theft of History: The British Empire in India

This is a co-hosted South Asia Centre and ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival @ British Library event. 

Sunday 21st May 2017


JLF London, The British Library, Euston Road

Roy Moxham and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

As India celebrates 70 years of its independence from colonial rule, a session that debates colonialism's claims of benefit and development in India, despite evidence of its fundamental nature. The panelists discuss if this period -- from the time of Vasco da Gama's arrival to the final emergence of the English as the principal colonisers of the Indian subcontinent -- was one of acquiring as much and as many of India's riches as each European power could lay their hands on. Roy Moxham and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

Roy Moxham grew up in Worcestershire. His varied and exciting life has seen him work on a Herefordshire fruit farm; as a tea planter in Nyasaland, and later Malawi – spending 13 years in Eastern Africa before returning to London in 1974 to set up a gallery of African art. He is a trained book and paper conservator, has worked at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Senate House library, University of London. 

Dr Shashi Tharoor is a sitting Member of the Indian Parliament affiliated to the Congress Party. Dr Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow; he has authored fourteen previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. 


South Asia Development Conference

Saturday 29th April 2017

10:00 to 6:00pm

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speakers: Nobel Laureate Kaliash Satyarthi, Acclaimed Journalist Najam Sethi, Ex Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

Conceptualised by the LSE SU South Asia Society in collaboration with the LSE South Asia Centre, the LSE South Asia Development Conference is a unique initiative which has been pioneered to serve as a forum to identify, discuss and influence the development discourse in the region.

Building on the essence of regional cooperation and globalisation, it seeks to incorporate and address the challenges faced by the region as a whole as opposed to individual countries. This not only fosters a sense of unity and common purpose, but also serves as a precedent for the development of better regional cooperation, as well as facilitating the emergence of leaders with a regional, synergy driven outlook.

The summit will involve some of the most prominent voices on South Asia and promises to drive forward the developmental agenda in South Asia. The debates, discussions and interactions held as a part of this conference will most definitely have a wider global reach, as well as the potential to influence political change makers of South Asia.

This is a ticketed event. For more updates and to buy tickets for the event - visit

Viceroys House Portrait

"History is Written by the Victors": The Making of Viceroy's House

An LSE Library/South Asia Centre public discussion

Tuesday 21 March 2017


Alumni Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Gurinder Chadha

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Viceroy's House is a deeply personal film written, produced and directed by Gurinder Chadha, which follows events leading up to the end of British rule in India. The film’s release coincides with the 70th anniversary of the independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.

It’s 1947 and Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville), having assumed the post of the last Viceroy, is charged with handing India back to its people. Travelling to Delhi with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson) and children, Mountbatten takes residence in the grand Viceroy’s House, where 500 Hindu Muslim and Sikh servants live downstairs. But as the political elite take their seats upstairs to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupts across country. 

Gurinder will give a short talk on the making of the film, followed by an audience Q&A.

Gurinder Chadha OBE began her career as a BBC news reporter, before moving into documentary-making. She is now one of the UK's most respected film makers, with a successful track record in directing films which are international box office successes including Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice

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

This is an LSE-only event with registration required. Sign up via Eventbrite here.

M N Roy

A Revolutionary At Large: Scenes from the Life of M.N. Roy

Friday 17 March 2017


Thai Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Professor Dilip Gaonkar

Chair: Mukulika Banerjee

Professor Gaonkar will speak on M.N. Roy, Indian revolutionary, radical activist, philosopher and founder of both the Mexican Communist Party and Communist Party of India. 

Dilip Gaonkar is a Professor in Rhetoric and Public Culture and the Director of Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of Center for Transcultural Studies, an independent scholarly research network concerned with global issues, based in Chicago and New York. He was closely associated with the journal, Public Culture, serving as the Executive Editor (2000-2009) and as Editor (2009-2011).  Gaonkar has edited a series of books and special journal issues on global cultural politics: Alternative Modernities   (2001), New Imaginaries   (with Benjamin Lee for Public Culture, 2002), Cultures of Democracy (for Public Culture, 2007), and Globalizing American Studies (with Brian Edwards, 2010). He is currently working on a book manuscript called Crowds, Riots, and the Politics of Disorder.

This event is free and open to all. 

Please email if you have any queries.    

LSESU India Forum

LSE India Forum 2017: India - a superpower in the making?

Saturday 11 March 2017

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speakers: Deepak Parekh, Farhan Akhtar, Naman Ramachandran, Dr Surjit Bhalla, Prof. Maitreesh Ghatak, Prof. Amrita Dhillon & more. Full list here.

LIF is the largest India-focused student run conference in the UK that aims to serve as a platform for discussion and debate on India’s most pressing economic, social and political issues. Previously known as the Economic Forum for India at LSE (EFIL), LIF involves keynote speeches and panel discussions by industry stalwarts across a variety of fields. Our mission is to provide our audience of students and professionals alike a platform to discuss contemporary issues, and hear from and engage with inspiring leaders.

LIF was designed and established in 2014 in order to provide an opportunity to the youth in the UK to learn more about issues pertinent to the emerging superpower, India. In recognition of the quality of debate and success of the conference thus far, LIF won the ‘Best LSE SU Event’ award for the year 2014-15. ​

This event is ticketed. Buy your ticket here.

View full agenda and speakers here.

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

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

Wednesday 8th March 2017


32L.G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Speaker: Dr Jahnavi Phalkey

Chair: Emeritus Professor David Arnold

Jahnavi Phalkey will tell the little-known story of an aircraft base in Bangalore -- part of Britain’s Southeast Asia Command during World War II -- its relationship with Germany, and its use by British and allied armies to plan military action in Southeast Asia. Being able to use India as a base gave the British a strategic advantage in the region beginning from Burma to Japan. What is less known is its connection to the establishment of aeronautics research in independent India. 

Dr 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).

David Arnold is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His work has ranged widely over the history of modern South Asia, and beyond, and has included social and environmental history and the history of science, technology and medicine. Along with David Hardiman he was a founder member of the Subaltern Studies group of historians of South Asia.

This event is free and open to all. 

Please email if you have any queries.    


Out of the basket: Lessons from Bangladesh's development successes 

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture

Tuesday 7th March 2017


NAB.2.04, NAB

Speaker: Dr Naomi Hossain

Discussants: Professor Naila Kabeer, Professor Mushtaq Khan

Chair: Professor David Lewis

Once upon a time, Bangladesh was the world’s basket case – a land of cyclones, hunger and overpopulation, defenceless against the global economy and prone to violent political upheaval. But Bangladesh is no longer the only place facing climate change, globalisation, malnutrition or illiberalism, and it is now seen as a surprising success for how it handled some of these problems. What can be learned about Bangladesh’s past that will help the world navigate an apparently more precarious and contentious, ever more globally-connected future?

Dr Naomi Hossain   is a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience. She is currently Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises. Dr Hossain is author of The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success, due out in 2017.

Naila Kabeer   is Professor of Gender and Development in LSE's Gender Institute.

Mushtaq Khan   is Professor of Economics at SOAS.

David Lewis   is Professor of Social Policy and Development in LSE's Social Policy Department

Click here to listen to a podcast of the event.


Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

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

Monday 6th March 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr Shashi Tharoor

Focusing on his latest book Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India (2017), Dr Shashi Tharoor takes on and demolishes the argument that British imperialism in the Indian subcontinent was a form of enlightened despotism that would benefit the Indians, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’, from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone. This incisive reassessment of colonialism exposes to devastating effect the inglorious reality of Britain’s stained Indian legacy.

Dr Shashi Tharoor is a sitting Member of the Indian Parliament affiliated to the Congress Party. Dr Tharoor has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a Global Leader of Tomorrow; he has authored fourteen previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. 

Listen to the podcast here.

US Embassy Kabul Afghan elections

Roundtable Discussion: Democracy and Legitimacy in Afghanistan

Thursday 2nd March 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

NAB.2.04, NAB

Speakers: Dr Martin Bayly, Dr Anna Larson, Hameed Hakimi

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

The success and sustainability of Afghanistan’s transition to democratic rule continues to shape regional politics in South Asia, and remains a core concern of international actors seeking to justify 15 years of intervention. Join us for an expert roundtable discussion that will consider the manner in which legitimacy in Afghanistan has been perceived by outside actors and take stock of the current and future prospects of Afghanistan’s democratic institutions

Dr Martin Bayly is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in LSE's Department of International Development. He is author of Taming the Imperial Imagination: Colonial Knowledge, International Relations, and the Anglo-Afghan Encounter, 1808–1878.

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

Dr Anna Larson is a Research Associate in the SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus and Academic Staff at the SOAS South Asia Institute. She has been working in and on Afghanistan since 2004.

Hameed Hakimi  is a  Research Assistant on the Asia Programme at Chatham House.

This event is free and open to all. 

Please email if you have any queries.    

Event image credit: US Embassy Kabul Afghanistan CC BY-ND 2.0



Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali in conversation with Professor Javed Majeed on Muhammad Iqbal

This is a South Asia Centre public discussion and is being organised in collaboration with Bloomsbury Pakistan.

Monday 27th February 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Thai Theatre, NAB

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali will be in conversation with Professor Javed Majeed on poet-laureate Muhammad Iqbal's philosophy and thought.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester, for 15 years, until 1 September 2009. He is originally from Asia and was the first non-white Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England. He was appointed in 1994. Before that he was the General Secretary of CMS from 1989-1994 and prior to holding this position was Bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan.

Javed Majeed joined King’s College London as Professor of English and Comparative Literature in January 2012, having taught at Queen Mary's and SOAS, University of London. His publications include Muhammad Iqbal: Islam, Aesthetics and Postcolonialism (Routledge, 2008) and Autobiography, Travel and Postnational Identity. Nehru, Gandhi and Iqbal (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).He is currently writing a book on the Linguistic Survey of India, conducted by the colonial state under the supervision of Sir George Abraham Grierson (1851-1941) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Listen to the event podcast here.

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100 Foot Journey Club event with Indian Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley

On Saturday 25 February the Hon'ble Minister for Finance Mr Arun Jaitley spoke at LSE on India's current economic and financial climate, and engaged in a Q&A with LSE students and staff.

The event was jointly hosted by the High Commission of India, the South Asia Centre and the LSE Financial Markets Group. It formed part of the LSE-HCI 100 Foot Journey Club series.

A podcast of the event is available here.


Art as a Protest Device in Pakistan

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture

Thursday 23rd February 2017

6:30 - 8:00pm

OLD.4.10, Fourth Floor, Old Building

Speaker: Ali Rez

Ali Rez is a creative director with more than 16 years of experience: he has won in excess of 100 major advertising awards, and in 2016 is ranked amongst the top 10 creatives in the world by the Big Won report.

Ali Rez, as one of a group of artists including JR, produced the art installation Not A Bug Splat which featured a gigantic portrait of a girl laid out in North West Pakistan to peacefully protest against drone warfare. The campaign gained widespread media coverage (3.5 billion impressions), has been exhibited in several art galleries around the world, and has won several creative awards including the Lion D'Or at the Cannes Creativity Festival in 2015, several British D&AD pencils, and a Clio Gold. Ali Rez will talk about this project and explain how a peaceful work of art is sometimes the most impactful and effective method to protest against an act of human rights violation in South Asia.

This event is free and open to all. 

Please email if you have any queries.


Cricket as Revolution

This is a South Asia Centre LSE Literary Festival panel

Wednesday 22nd February 2017


Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Dr Prashant Kidambi, Peter Oborne

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee

This panel will draw on the perspectives of history to explore the dynamics of cricket in contemporary South Asia. Why has the game acquired such enduring roots in South Asia? Are there any common features in the way cricket is played, patronised and followed in the different countries of the region? Why is the game so intensely politicised in these countries? In what ways has the rise of India as a major cricketing powerhouse had an impact on cricketing relations with its neighbours? Is the IPL here to stay and if so, is it a force for good or does it threaten to irrevocably transform cricket as a sport?

Prashant Kidambi is Associate Professor in Colonial Urban History at the University of Leicester. Dr. Kidambi’s research explores the social history of Indian cricket. He is currently completing a book on the history of the first ‘Indian’ cricket tour of Great Britain in 1911, an intriguing story peopled by an improbable cast of princes, Parsis and plebieans that casts interesting light on the interplay between sport, nation and empire.

Peter Oborne (@OborneTweets) is a regular commentator on politics for television, Associate Editor of The Spectator and former chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph. He is author of Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan and White on Green: Celebrating the Drama of Pakistan Cricket

The podcast for this event is available to listen here.

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 Forgotten Soldiers of the Raj

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

Wednesday 8th February 2017


32L.G.03, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Speaker: Shrabani Basu

Chair: Professor Tirthankar Roy

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. 


‘The Bloomsbury Indians’: Writing Across the Tracks in Colonial London

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

Thursday 26 January 2017


NAB.2.04, NAB

Speaker: Susheila Nasta

Drawing on recent research, Nasta’s lecture will reveal how the Indian presence in Bloomsbury began to shape a transnational global modernity, simultaneously shifting British perspectives and angles of vision. In mapping such material traces, one simultaneously encounters the fascinating characters who once walked its streets: novelist, public intellectual and BBC broadcaster, Mulk Raj Anand;  poet, editor and publisher, Tambimuttu; Labour councillor and Founding Editor of the Penguin Pelican series, Krishna Menon;  and gay Irish-Indian novelist, drama critic and journalist, Aubrey Menen. Although writing Britain from a range of different perspectives, this distinctive group were key to exposing the hidden contours of a differently inflected modernity situated both within and outside the European body.  

Susheila Nasta is professor in Modern Literature at the Open University. She has earlier held teaching and research positions at Queen Mary University of London, Cambridge and the University of Portsmouth. Nasta have always been interested in issues of cultural difference and diversity having grown up in India, Britain, Holland and Germany.  In 1984, she founded the famous literary magazine, Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, now housed at the Open University and co-published with Routledge.   

This event is free and open to all. 

Please email if you have any queries.

Collective Choice and Social Welfare

Collective Choice and Social Welfare: a conversation with Professor Amartya Sen

This is a South Asia Centre public discussion

Thursday 19 January 2017


Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen

Chair: Professor Kevin Roberts

The conversation surrounds the re-issue of Collective Choice  (1970), with new arguments and results, alternating between the mathematical and non-mathematical to discuss choice, welfare, inequality, poverty and rights.  

Kevin Roberts is Sir John Hicks Professor of Economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.  

Amartya Sen is Thomas W Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and an honary fellow of LSE. 

View the event Storify here and listen to the podcast here.

Asma Jahangir

Religious Intolerance and its Impact on Democracy

The Amartya Sen Lecture 2017, jointly hosted by STICERD and the International Inequalities Institute

Tuesday 17 January 2017

6:30PM to 8:00PM

Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Asma Jilani Jahangir

Discussant: Professor Amartya Sen

Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

Asma Jilani Jahangir is a Pakistani human rights lawyer and activist who co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Professor Amartya Sen is Thomas W Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics and an LSE Honorary Fellow.

Professor Chetan Bhatt is director of the Human Rights Centre at LSE.

STICERD brings together world-class academics to put economics and related disciplines at the forefront of research and policy. Founded in 1978 by the renowned Japanese economist Michio Morishima, with donations from Suntory and Toyota, we are a thriving research community within the LSE.  

The new International Inequalities Institute at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to provide co-ordination and strategic leadership for critical and cutting edge research and inter-disciplinary analysis of inequalities.

View the event Storify here and listen to the podcast/watch the video here.


Leslie Knott, Filmmaker

This is a Polis Media Agenda Talk

Tuesday 6th December 2016


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.


Making Politics Work for Development

An IGC report launch

Monday 5th December 2016


Thai Theatre, NAB

Fear of openly confronting the problem of politics can come in the way of achieving economic development goals. To help address this, the Development Research Group of the World Bank has prepared a report synthesising the vanguard of economics research on the functioning of political markets to understand its implications.

This report, Making Politics Work for Development, will be presented by its lead author Stuti Khemani (World Bank) and discussed by Ali Cheema (Centre of Economic Research Pakistan) and Gerard Padró i Miquel (LSE).

Click here for more information about the report.

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My Liver is Bleeding

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. Read Magda and Mark's photo blog on South Asia @ LSE here.

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Cities of the Empire

This is a South Asia Centre '100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC) event.

Wednesday 23rd November 2016


Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr Tristram Hunt, MP

The Hon Dr Tristram Hunt, MP, 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. 

The Hon Dr Tristram Hunt, MP, 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. 

Listen to the event podcast here, and read the South Asia @ LSE interview with Dr Hunt here.


Who Gets Ahead? Caste, Class, and Socio-Economic Mobility in India 

This is a South Asia Centre workshop for LSE faculty & doctoral researchers

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

2:00 - 4:00pm

Graham Wallas Room, Old Building

Speaker: Ashwini Deshpande

Ashwini Deshpande is Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Her Ph.D. and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action issues, with a focus on caste and gender in India, as well as on aspects of the Chinese economy: role of FDI in the reform process, regional disparities and gender discrimination. She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals. She is the author of Grammar of Caste: economic discrimination in contemporary India (2011) and Affirmative Action in India (2013).

She is the editor of: Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational studies of inter-group disparity along with William Darity, Jr. (2003); Globalization and Development: A Handbook of New Perspectives  (2007); Captial  without borders: challenges to development  (2010); and Global Economic Crisis and the developing world, with Keith Nurse (2012). 

The South Asia @ LSE interview with Professor Deshpande is available here.

Arif Hasan

Urbanisation Trends in South Asia: The Case of Karachi

This is a South Asia Centre and LSE Cities public discussion

Thursday 17th November 2016


Room 2.04, NAB

Speakers: Arif Hasan, Philipp Rode

In the past twenty years major urban related changes have taken place in Karachi which are similar to those of other South Asian mega cities.These include the nature and scale of migration; the social and physical change in informal settlements and in the planning and location of new middle and high income ones; the increase in motorized transport; changes in academia, civil society and government thinking, structure and legislation; and the "burden" of past development. The presentation will touch on these issues, their causes, repercussions and what they mean for the future.  

Arif Hasan is a practicing Pakistani architect-planner, writer, teacher and activist working in Karachi on planning and informal settlement related issues for the last 42 years. He is the founder chair of the Karachi Urban Resource Centre, Chair of the Orangi Pilot Project Research and Training Centre and a founding member of The Asian Coalition of Housing Rights. He has been involved with planning, policy and academic issues and institutions both at the national and international level and is currently on the boards of a number of academic institutions. 

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at LSE.

Listen to the event podcast here, and read the South Asia @ LSE interview with Mr Hasan here.

Roy Hanlon book launch

Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our heads above the water

This is an International Development book launch

Wednesday 16th November 2016


Room 2.06, NAB

Speakers: Dr Manoj Roy, Dr Joseph Hanlon

Chair: Professor Tim Forsyth

Bangladesh is hugely vulnerable to climate change, but refuses to be a helpless victim.

Climate change will make cyclones and floods more devastating; sea level is already rising. Bangladeshi officials, scientists and communities know what is coming and are already adapting, based on their experience of living with a very difficult environment. Cyclone shelters and warning systems now save tens of thousands of lives. Locally developed rice varieties mean Bangladesh is a rice exporter; newer varieties adapt to climate change. And coastal communities have found how to raise the land to match sea level rise.

Bangladeshis will keep their heads above water - if industrialised countries curb greenhouse gas emissions. Bangladeshi negotiators have been fighting for more than a decade to keep global warming below 1.5ºC, and to demand that industrialised countries pay for damage already done. They will be playing an important role in the annual climate change negotiations (COP 22) 7-18 November.

Manoj Roy is Lecturer at the Lancaster Environment Centre.

Joseph Hanlon is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of International Development.

Tim Forsyth is Professor of Environment and Development in the Department of International Development.

This event is free and open to all. Read Dr Joseph Hanlon's blog on South Asia @ LSE here.


New Politics and Policies for Nepal

This is a South Asia Centre public conversation

Monday 14th November 2016


Room 2.04, NAB

Speakers: Dr Baburam Bhattarai,  Dr Dan Hirslund, Professor Michael Hutt

Dr Baburam Bhattarai, former Prime Minister of Nepal, and Dr Dan Hirslund (LSE) will be in conversation about a range of issues confronting contemporary Nepal. They will cover topics that are close to Dr Bhattarai’s current engagements including his work on anti-corruption measures, post-Earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the role of the youth in Nepal today.  The event will be chaired by Professor Michael Hutt (SOAS).

Dr Baburam Bhattarai   is a Marxist scholar and politician who has served as Finance Minister and Prime Minister of Nepal. He holds a BA in Architecture, an MA in Planning, and a PhD in Regional Development Planning. He is now founder and Chairman of the Naya Shakti Party, which was established in June.

Dr Dan Hirslund is an anthropologist from The University of Copenhagen, currently a Visiting Research Fellow at LSE. His project is connected to the Inequality and Poverty Program.

Professor Michael Hutt is Professor  of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Listen to the event podcast here, and read the South Asia @ LSE interview with Dr Bhattarai here.


Flawed Political Finance Laws and Corruption in India

This is a South Asia Centre public discussion

Wednesday 9th November 2016

6:00 - 7:30pm

Alumni Theatre, NAB

Speaker:  Professor M.V. Rajeev Gowda

Chair: Dr Mukulika Banerjee 

Competitive political parties and election campaigns are central to the health of democracies. Parties and campaigns require significant resources to be effective. India has developed complex election expenditure, political party funding, reporting and disclosure laws. These laws have perverse impacts on the electoral system: they drive campaign expenditure underground and foster a reliance on unaccounted funds or ‘‘black money.’’ This tends to lead to adverse selection where those able to work with black money dominate politics and worsen corruption in government overall. Possible remedies include partial state financing of political parties and realistic election expenditure limits.

Professor Gowda is currently a Member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India's Parliament and a National Spokesperson for the Indian National Congress party. He has previously been the Chairperson of the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Director of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India, and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. He has a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has been an Olin Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and a Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow. His most recent co-edited book is India's Risks (2014).

Dr Mukulika Banerjee is Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author of Why India Votes? (2014).

Listen to the event podcast here and read the South Asia @ LSE interview with Professor Gowda here.

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Martin Woollacott in conversation with Salil Tripathi

This is a South Asia Centre book discussion

Monday 7th November 2016


Thai Theatre, NAB

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).

Salil Tripathi is an author and contributing editor at Mint  and at The Caravan in India. His books include Offence: The Hindu Case (2009) and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (2015). He is an award-winning journalist, and has written extensively for the Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the New Statesman, India Today, and other publications.He is currently Chair, of the PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee

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.


India's Democracy: Electoral Vibrancy, Liberal Deficits

This is a South Asia Centre roundtable discussion

Friday 4th November 2016 


Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speakers: Professor 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.

Listen to the event podcast here and read the South Asia @ LSE interview with Professor Varshney here.

Qazi Khalid Ali

A conversation with Dr Qazi Khalid Ali

An LSE SU Pakistan Society/Pakistan Development Society event

Thursday 3rd November


Thai Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Dr Qazi Khalid Ali

Chair: Athar Hussain

Dr Qazi Khalid Ali, a renowned jurist, author, academician, public servant and legislator with over 40 years of service to Pakistan, is the founding Vice-Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of Law Karachi; the country’s first Law University.

Anshu Gupta

Mobilising Resources and Maximising Change: An Interaction with Anshu Gupta

A student South Asia Society event

Tuesday 25th October 2016 


Room 2.02, Clement House

Winner of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award, Anshu Gupta is the founder of Goonj - an NGO in India which positions underutilized urban waste as an incentive to trigger sustainable development in rural India.

His contribution to the development discourse in India has been significant. Goonj encourages rural populations to dig wells, implement watershed management, lay roads and bridges, build schools and earn urban material such as cloth, utensils, furniture as return for the work they essentially did for themselves.

View the Facebook event here.


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

An IGA public lecture 

Tuesday 25th October 2016 


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.

Spectral Wounds

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

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. 

PhD Academy

South Asia Centre drinks reception for LSE PhD students

Co-hosted by the PhD academy and South Asia Centre

The LSE South Asia Centre is holding a drinks reception to bring together PhD students working on region.

This event provides an opportunity to meet with doctoral researchers from across LSE, as well as South Asia Centre staff and faculty working on the region. South Asia Centre Director Dr Mukulika Banerjee will also be present to discuss how the Centre can support PhD students – from assisting with research dissemination, running Masterclasses and targeted events to making introductions to academics within LSE and internationally.

The event is open to current LSE PhD students and is free to attend.

Pranab Bardhan

Some Research Gaps in the Interface between History and Development

Department of Economic History public lecture

Wednesday 5 October 2016


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.

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The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

An LSE IDEAS public debate 

Tuesday 4th October 2016 


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.

Ruchir Sharma

The Rise and Fall of Nations

This is an LSE public lecture

Tuesday 12th July 2016


Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Speaker: Ruchir Sharma

Chair:  Jonathan Black 

Ruchir Sharma explores the forces triggering political revolts and economic slowdowns in every major region. By narrowing down the thousands of factors that can shape a country’s future, he spells out ten clear rules for identifying the next big winners and losers in the global economy.

Click here  for more info.


India's Greatest CEOs by Suhel Seth

Thursday 16th June 2016


Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Speakers: Suhel Seth, Rt Hon. Jo Johnson and H.E. Navtej Sarna

You are invited to the launch of Suhel Seth's new book India's Greatest CEOs.

The book will be launched by The Rt Hon. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, followed by a panel discussion including H.E. Navtej Sarna, Hon'ble High Commissioner of India to the UK and the author. 

The event is free and open to all, but please RSVP  to Tim Aldcroft if you wish to attend.

Suhel was recently interviewed by Saanya Gulati, for the South Asia @ LSE blog. You can read the article here.

This is a '100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC) event, jointly organised by the LSE South Asia Centre and the High Commission of India, London.

Fernande Pool

“We don't want your freedom”: the imagination of virtue among Muslim Bengalis

Department of Anthropology Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory

Friday 10th June

10:30am - 12:30pm

Seligman Library (OLD 6.05) Old Building

Speaker: Fernande Pool

This seminar is free and open to all. 

For more information contact Deborah James, and click here  to see other events in this seminr series. 

Beyond Caste

Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present

South Asia Centre public lecture

Tuesday 7th June

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Alumni Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Sumit Guha

Chair: Tirthankar Roy

Sumit Guha will be giving a public lecture based on his book ‘Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present’(Brill 2013), which tracks the long history of the practices amalgamated under the label of caste and shows their connection to changing patterns of social and political power down to the present. It frames caste as an involuted and complex form of ethnicity and explains why it persisted under non-Hindu rulers and in non-Hindu communities across South Asia.

The lecture is open to all however there are a limited number of places, so please email to confirm your attendance. 


The Indian Village: Romantic Images versus Historical Realities Lecture  

South Asia Centre Public Lecture as part of the '100 Foot Journey Club' (#100FJC)

Monday 6th June 

6:30pm - 8:00pm 

Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London, W1K 1HF

Speaker: Sumit Guha 

Chair: Ed Simpson

This lecture will review the realities of Indian village life and its social and political setting  up to the late twentieth century. 
The event is free to attend and open to all.

Click here for more information

Amartya Sen

Tales of the Unexpected: gender equality and social progress in Bangladesh 

South Asia CentreGender Institute and Eva Colorni Memorial Trust  discussion 

Friday 3rd June


Old Theatre, Old Building

Speakers: David Lewis, Juli Huang  and Amartya Sen

Chair: Naila Kabeer 

This panel will discuss why gender indicators for Bangladesh have shown a marked improvement despite various development indices not reflecting a similar upswing.

Click here to see event storify and here for the video/podcast.

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Growth Challenges in Fragile States

An International Growth Centre  public discussion, as part of Growth Week 2016

Thursday 2nd June

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Sir Paul Collier (Professor of Economics and Public Policy at University of Oxford and Director of IGC); Torsten Persson (Professor of Economics at Stockholm University and Centennial Professor at LSE)

Chair:  Timothy Besley (W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at LSE)

The conflicts and crises in fragile states are no longer contained within national borders and now dominate global agendas for development and growth. This panel of experts will explore the major challenges that state fragility poses for creating an environment conducive to sustained and inclusive economic growth.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For more info click here.

taming the imperial imagination

Taming the Imperial Imagination: colonial knowledge, international relations, and the Anglo-Afghan encounter, 1808-1878

Department of International Relations public conversation

Wednesday 1st June


PAR.2.03, Parish Hall, Sheffield Street

Speaker:  Dr Martin Bayly

Discussants: Dr Duncan Bell, Dr Rob Johnson, Professor Jutta WeldesChair: Dr Tarak Barkawi

Taming the Imperial Imagination (Cambridge University Press) marks a novel intervention into the debate on empire and international relations, and offers a new perspective on nineteenth-century Anglo- Afghan relations.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact Sophie Wise by email or call 020 7955 6821

Sumathi Rumaswamy

“India is Indira, Indira is India.” M. F. Husain and the aesthetics of India’s Emergency, June 1975

The South Asia Centre 1st Anniversary lecture

Tuesday 31st May


Wolfson Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Sumathi Ramaswamy

Through M F Husain's painting 'India June 1975: The Triptych in the Life of a Nation', Ramaswarmy will explore the place of the visual artist in sustaining and deepening India’s much-vaunted democracy.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Please email  if you have any queries

Pal Joyojeet

Twitter and Political Rebranding in the Global South:The Case of Narendra Modi

Part of the The ICT4D seminar series, organised by the LSE Department of Management

Tuesday 31st May

3 - 5pm 

32 Lincolns Inn Fields, room LG.14 

Speaker: Joyojeet Pal

The ICT4D seminar series centres on how ICTs may make a contribution to development in the global South.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For more info click here.


The Wonder that is Indian Elections, Challenges & the Way Ahead

Hundred Foot Journey Club (#100FJC) event, in partnership with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK and Pravasi Bharat.

Friday 13th May 2016

6:00pm - 8:00pm

High Commission of India, India House, Aldwych, London WC2B 4NA

SpeakersDr S Y Quraishi and Dr Mukulika Banerjee

A conversation with the Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr S Q Quraishi, led by Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and author of Why India Votes.

The Hundred Foot Journey Club (#100FJC) is a collaboration of the High Commission of India and the LSE South Asia Centre.

The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK is the pan-UK body representing youth of Indian origin in the UK.

It is the umbrella body of India and India-related societies at universities across the UK.Pravasi Bharat was formed to increase the participation of Indian diaspora in the Indian elections.  

Raghuram Rajan

Rethinking the Global Monetary System

An Institute of Global Affairs public lecture

Tuesday 10 May 2016


Old Theatre, Old Building

Speaker: Dr  Raghuram Rajan

Chair: Professor Erik Berglof

This was the inaugural event for the ‘100 Foot Journey Club’ (#100FJC ), a collaboration between the High Commission of India and the LSE South Asia Centre.

Click here to see event storify and here for the video/podcast.

For more details about the event click here. 


Youth bulge or bomb? Harnessing the potential of Pakistani youth

South Asia Centre Event

Thursday 28th April


TW1.G.01 (please note Tower 1 is currently only accessible via the Clements Inn gates, next to the Royal Courts of Justice)

Speakers: Marc-André Franche (Country Director UNDP Pakistan, @MAFundp), Emrys Schoemaker (Communications & Conflict Specialist and LSE PhD candidate, @emrys_s). 

Chair: Dr Mahvish Shami (Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, LSE)

Is youth engagement the key to improving human development and peace in Pakistan? This talk will look into the challenges and opportunities of Pakistan’s youth bulge, with specific focus on the role of youth engagement as a strategy to promote human development and peace.

Fore more information please click here.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Please email  if you have any queries.


Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy

Launch of LSE IDEAS Special Report

Thursday 28 April 2016


Tower 2 9.04

This event explores an overhaul of the EU's 2001 Asia Strategy, more important than ever in the context of Asian economic growth and the US 'pivot'. Can the EU act as a neutral arbiter in this volatile region?

Click here for more information.

Blueprint for a revolution

People Power: how non-violent strategies are shaking and shaping the world

South Asia Centre and IGA public lecture

Wednesday 27th April


Old Theatre

Speaker: Srdja Popovic

Chair: Dr John Chalcraft (Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/Imperialism)

From Arab streets to Wall Street, Popovic will talk about how non-violent protests and their strategies are re-shaping political and social arenas across the world.

Click here to read an edited transcript of Srdja Popovic and Yogendra Yadav discussing political theory and the practicalities of fostering non-violent mass movements. A podcast of the conversation is also available.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Please email  if you have any queries


How Did Aung San Suu Kyi Win So Big?

A South East Asia Centre event

Monday 25th April 2016

6.00 - 7.30pm

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Speaker: Peter Popham

Chair: Dr Jurgen Haacke

In this talk Peter Popham will seek to identify the secrets of Aung San Suu Kyi Win's phenomenal achievement: including the trust, identification and outright love of millions of Burmese, on account of her years under house arrest; a personality cult based on beauty and worldwide fame; and, not least, the ruthless egotism of a woman with a raging hunger for the highest office. He will then consider how these factors are likely to impact her effectiveness as Burma’s ruler.

Click here for more information.


A More Sustainable Energy Strategy for India

An Asia Research Centre event

Thursday 14th April 


Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Nicholas Stern

This event is free and open to all but pre-registration through Eventbrite is required to attend. 

Click here  for more information

LSESU India Forum

LSE SU India Forum: India's Growing Global Footprint 

Tuesday 19th March 2016


Old Theatre, Old Building

The LSE SU India Forum (LIF) is a day-long conference that aims to promote vibrant discussions on issues facing contemporary India through keynote speeches and panel discussions by renowned experts across various fields.

Click here for more details and to register for tickets.

Book cover of Omar Hamid's novel 'The Prisoner'

Omar Hamid in discussion with Huma Yusuf  

South Asia Centre  book discussion

Friday 18th March

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Ronald Coase Lecture Theatre, 32L.LG.04

Omar Hamid will be discussing with journalist Huma Yusuf his two books - 'The Prisoner' and 'The Spinner's Tale' 

'The Prisoner' is a thriller inspired by the events surrounding the abduction and murder of Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl in 2002 .'The Spinner's Tale' follows the different paths taken by two school friends into adulthood and how far apart their worlds become.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

Please email  if you have any queries

Swetha Rao Dhananka

Of Housing and Politics: Mapping political opportunities for mobilising in Bangalore, India.

A South Asia Centre research presentation and discussion

Wednesday 16th March



Speaker: Dr Swetha Rao Dhananka 

What are the conditions for the emergence of a social movement on the issue of adequate housing for the urban poor in the city of Bangalore? Swetha Rao Dhananka will discuss her research into the articulation of political opportunities given by the Indian post-colonial, legal and policy framework with the action repertoires of differently resourced civil society organisations.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion session around the themes raised by the research. 

Swetha Rao Dhananka is a post-doc fellow sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation and hosted by UCL’s Development Planning Unit and the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore, India. She received the faculty prize from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) for her doctoral research on Politics and Housing for Bangalore’s urban poor.


Conference: The Academic Book in the South

A partnership between the British Library and the Academic Book of the Future project

Monday 7th – Tuesday 8th March

9:30am - 5:30pm

British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London

This two day conference discusses how profound changes in publishing will affect the Academic Book of the Future in the South.

Speakers at this conference will address the production, dissemination, reading and reception of the academic book with specific focus on Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The conference will consider, among other things, how scholars’ ability to access and produce knowledge is facilitated by digital technology, and how academics can play a more active role in the creation of, and access to, books in the Arts and Humanities, both printed and digital. It will appeal particularly to scholars and practitioners with interests in authorship, publishing and librarianship and the history of the book. 

There is more information about the conference here

Naila Kabeer

How can we Transform the Economic Lives of the Ultra Poor?

An International Growth Centre LSE Literary Festival film screening & discussion

Friday 26th February


Thai Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Professor Robin Burgess, Professor Naila Kabeer, Lewis Temple

Chair: Upaasna Kaul

Tackling extreme poverty has proven to be one of the most intractable challenges facing policymakers today. This event will explore the impact of an innovative and proven approach for poverty alleviation, developed in Bangladesh by the international NGO BRAC, targeted at individuals defined as being extreme or ‘Ultra-Poor’.

There is more information about this event here 

S Ibnes Abbas addressing alumni with Craig Calhoun and Mukulika Banerjee

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 it's 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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'Nepal After the Constitution' - a round table discussion

An LSE SU Nepalese Society event

Thursday 11th February 2016

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Room 9.04, Floor 9, Tower 2

Speakers include - 

  • Professor Michael HuttProfessor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at SOAS and Director of SOAS South Asia Institute
  • Dr Punam YadavVisiting and Teaching Fellow at LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security
  • Dr Chandra LaksambaFormer Executive Director and Senior Research Officer at Centre for Nepal Studies, UK
  • Dr Mara MalagodiBritish Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at LSE’s Law Department

For more info, and updates on the event, click here

India Summit 2016

LSE India Summit 2016

Thursday 28-Saturday 30 January 2016

Cidade de Goa & The International Centre Goa

The three day event will include four panel discussions, alongside an exhibition of rare documents from the archives of the Reserve Bank of India, and two specially curated talks by Serbian political thinker Srdja Popovic and award-winning novelist Amitav Ghosh.

Details on panels and speakers here.

Register on the Difficult Dialogues website here

Portrait of Zahid Hussain

Developments in Relations Between Pakistan and India

An Asia Research Centre  Public Lecture

Friday 22nd January 2016

6.30pm to 8pm

Room TW1.G.01, Ground Floor, Tower One
Speaker: Mr Zahid Hussain
Chair: Professor Athar Hussain
Following the election of a new government in India and recent increased high-level contact between the two countries, Zahid Hussain will discuss challenges and current prospects for change in Pakistan and India’s bilateral relations.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For more info click here

Please direct any queries to or call 020 7955 7615

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Subjects of Reason: goods, markets and imaginaries of the global future

An LSE Law Matters public lecture

Thursday 21 January 20


Old Theatre, Old Building


Speaker:   Professor Sheila Jasanoff

Chair: Professor Andrew Lang

The lecture will look at how discourses of exchange create commensurable systems of exchange across highly disparate regions and forms of life. Three legal encounters will be considered as points of friction: the creation of the single carbon market; the regulation of GMOs by the World Trade Organisation; and the Novartis-India litigation on the cancer drug Gleevec.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required.

Click here  for more information

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Tackling Extreme Poverty through Programmes Targeting the World's Ultra-Poor

An International Growth Centre (IGC) and BRAC public discussion

Wednesday 9 December 2015


Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Speakers: Sir Fazle Abed, Professor Oriana Bandiera, Professor Robin Burgess, Dr Mushtaque Chowhudry, Professor Esther Duflo

Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

More event details and information here.

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Narratives of Inclusion. Can cities help us live together?

An event of the Urban Age Global Debates series hosted by Alfred Herrhausen Society and LSE Cities

Speakers: Suketu Mehta, Richard Sennett

Chair: Tessa Jowell

Thursday 3 December 2015


More event details and information here.

Dr Nazia Hussein

(Re)Doing Respectable Femininity: Issues of Gender and Class among ‘New Women’ of Bangladesh 

An LSE Sociology Social Inequalities Research Cluster  Session

Dr. Nazia Hussein will be presenting extracts from her ongoing research. She is a Teaching Fellow in Sociology. Her research interests are in the areas of gender, class, ethnicity and religion in South Asia and more specifically Bangladesh. 

Wednesday, 2nd December


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For more any queries contact Dr Hussein here

Sanchita Saxena

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka

An LSE South Asia Centre event

Dr Sanchita Banerjee Saxena will discuss her recent book, which explores the labour behind the global garment and textiles industries. Click here for more details on the book.

Friday 27 November 2015
NAB 1.15, New Academic Building, LSE

Video available here 

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DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Shortlisting Announcement

An LSE South Asia Centre event

Thursday 26 November 2015
Shaw Library, LSE

More event details and information about the DSC Prize here.


Lord Meghnad Desai - 'A Revolutionary Act: The Making of the Indian Constitution'

An LSE South Asia Centre event

Ambedkar Hall, India House, High Commission of India,WC2B 4NAIt is free to attend but please email if you would like to come

This special lecture celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution by the Government of India on 26 November 1949.  

Thursday 26 November 2015


Ambedkar Hall, India House, High Commission of India,WC2B 4NA

The puzzle of non-western democracy

Reviving Global Democracy: beyond the 'Western Model'?

An LSE Department of International Development/Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit event

Speakers: Professor Richard Youngs, Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Dr Senem Aydin-Düzgit
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Wednesday 11 November 2015
Room 2.06, New Academic Building

Details here

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Bihar Vidhan Sabha Election Results 2015

A South Asia Centre Global Hangout Discussion

Speakers: Giles Veniers, Jeffrey Witsoe, Manisha Priyam, Milan Vaishnav, Neelanjan Sircar, Pranav Gupta, Sarthak Bagchi

Chair: Mukulika Banerjee

To see the video of the converstion clik here

Monday 9 November 2015
9.04, Tower 2, LSE

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In conversation with Amartya Sen

A South Asia Centre public conversation

Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen
Chair: Professor Lord Stern

Friday 6 November 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Podcast available here

Details here.

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Will the 21st Century be Asian?

An LSE IDEAS event

Speakers: Professor Danny Quah, Professor Michael Cox, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Chair: Mr Tim Frost

Monday 2 November 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building

Podcast available here.

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Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the 21st century

A Department of Social Policy and Department of Anthropology public discussion

Speaker: Professor James Fairhead, Professor Katy Gardener, Professor David Lewis and Professor David Mosse 
Chair: Professor Deborah James

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Podcast available here.

Dushyant Dave

Justice, Accountability and Human Rights in India

In partnership with LSE Human Rights  and the India Study Group

Speaker: Dushyant Dave
Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

Wednesday 21 October 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Podcast available here.

Shobhana Bhartia

Shobhana Bhartia in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee

A South Asia Centre public conversation

Speaker: Shobhana Bhartia
Chair: Mukulika Banerjee

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Podcast and video available here.

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Myanmar on the Brink

LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre public discussion

Speaker: Mark Canning, Dr Jurgen Haacke, Shibani Mahtani
Chair: Professor Danny Quah

Thursday 5 October 2015
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Podcast available here.

Itty Abraham

The Political and the International: Reflections on the Singapore Mutiny 1915

Speaker: Dr Itty Abraham 
Chair: Professor William A. Callahan

Thursday 24 September 2015
Clement House 2.02

Details here.