LSE India Summit 2016

The South Asia Centre hosted the first ever ‘LSE India Summit 2016’ at the Cidade de Goa on 28-30 January 2016. The Summit was sponsored in full by Difficult Dialogues LLP.


Panel Discussion on 'India and West Asia' at Goa, India Summit 2016.


More than 300 people attended it over 3 days – including people from the media (local, national and international), academics, thinkers, intellectuals, students, members of the business community, diplomats, and LSE alumni. It comprised 2 special lectures, an exhibition of rare documents from the archives of the Reserve Bank of India, short, byte-sized conversations with (or between) participants on topics of relevance or interest, and of course --  4 panel discussions showcasing LSE’s strengths. Speaking at the inauguration, Professor Craig Calhoun, President & Director of LSE described the South Asia Centre as being ‘at the centre of LSE’s effort to advance knowledge and dialogue about the region’. 

Read the full Summit report.

Working Papers

Read the working papers summarising the discussions and recommendations from each of the panels.

1. Working paper #1 Global Finance

2. Working paper #2 Civil Society

3. Working paper #3 India and West Asia

4. Working paper #4 Infrastructure


Throughout the conference panelists took part in a series of additional conversations and interviews to build on and develop ideas that were touched on in the panels.

Hear Sam Pitroda, telecom inventor, entrepreneur, development thinker and policymaker, speak to Mukti Jain Campion about his vision for a new world economic order about his vision for a new world economic order.

Hear Siddharth Varadarajan, LSE alumnus, journalist and founding editor of The Wire, speak to Mukti Jain Campion about his career, the Indian media environment and establishing The Wire as an alternative media model.

Hear Sharon Memis and Manjula Rao from the British Council in India speak to Sonali Campion about what UK and Indian educational institutions can learn from each other.

Hear Srdja Popović and Yogendra Yadav discuss political theory and the practicalities of fostering non-violent mass movements in the 21st Century. Srdja Popović is a Serbian political activist. He was a leader of the student movement Otpor! that helped topple Serbian dictator Slobodan Milošević. He is founder and Executive Director of Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). Yogendra Yadav is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. He was a founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party and is now a founder-member and ideologue for the Swaraj Abhiyan and the Jai Kisan Andolan.

Hear Dr R L Sahoo, Chief Archivist at the Reserve Bank of India talk about the RBI's collection of rare documents and the process of curating the LSE exhibition at the Summit.


Some of the speakers were invited to record short video clips to speak about topics from the Summit, highlight specific aspects of their work, or reflect on their experiences at the LSE. 

See Rukimini Banerjee, CEO of Pratham at the Summit.

See Shubranshu Choudhary, Founder of CGNet Swara at the Summit.

See Meera Devi, journalist at Khabar Lahariya and founding member of the Women, Media and News Trust, at the Summit.

See Adam Roberts, correspondent for European business and finance, The Economist, at the Summit.