1. Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India - Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Mukulika Banerjee
Focusing on his book Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India (2017), Shashi Tharoor discusses 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.
2. Thinking South Asia - E.3 Democracy, class and dissent: Left-wing politics in Pakistan
Hussain Abbas in conversation with Alia Amirali
Hussain Abbas sits down with Alia Amirali to discuss the history of left-wing politics in Pakistan.
3. LSE SAC 100 Foot Journey Club with Arun Jaitley
In this joint South Asia Centre-Financial Markets Group LSE and the 100 Foot Journey Club (High Commission of India) event, Arun Jaitley speaks on India's current economic and financial climate, and engages in a Q&A with LSE students and staff. The event was chaired by Simeon Djankov.
4. Out of the basket: Lessons from Bangladesh's development successes
Naila Kabeer, Mushtaq Khan and 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?
5. Elections 2019: What next for Sri Lanka?
Alan Keenan, Dharsha Jegatheeswaran, Rajesh Venugopal and Asanga Welikala
On 25 November 2019, the Centre hosted an extremely well-attended and animated discussion following the Presidential Elections on the immediate and long-term implications of the election result, especially in light of the forthcoming Prime Ministerial elections in the summer of 2020.