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The South Asia Centre is expanding LSE's research and engagement with Nepal. The Centre has hosted public events with Nepal specialists here in the UK, and supported the LSESU Nepal Society and LSE Alumni Association Nepal.



Nepal: COVID-19 in South Asia: A Comparative Perspective

22 April 2020

SpeakerMadhusudan Subedi (@Madhusudan1964) is Professor, Patan Academy of Social Sciences, Patan/Lalitpur.

Chair: Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is Director, South Asia Centre, and Associate Professor in Anthropology, LSE.

Watch a recording of Madhusudan Subedi's talk here, and to watch the full event click here.



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Human Rights and Constitutionalism in Nepal

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Speaker: Surya P. Subedi, QC (Hon), OBE  is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds. 

Chair: Nilanjan Sarkar is Deputy Director of the South Asia Centre at LSE.

In recent years, Nepal has gone through its share of tragedies. It has experimented with liberalism and communism, and adopted an ambitious Constitution designed to usher the country from a Monarchy to a Republic, and from a unitary system to a federal structure. The Constitution enshrines a long list of rights, and the country has ratified most major international human rights treaties. However, the question that arises is: how democratic is this Constitution, and is it robust enough to guarantee basic freedoms such as the freedom of speech?

Watch the Facebook Live video here.

Listen to the podcast here.

Read the complete lecture here.



Nepal: From Hindu Kingdom to Secular State

21 May 2018

The Centre hosted a roundtable discussion on Nepal recent political transformation. Participants include H.E.  Durga Bahadur Subedi, David Gellner, Sondra Hausner, Michael Hutt, Marie Lecomte-Tilouine, Mara Malagodi and Nilanjan Sarkar; please click here for more information



17 March 2018

H.E. Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, Ambassador of Nepal to the UK inaugurated the second 'South Asia Development' conference at LSE. In his Opening Remarks, he spoke about the  essence of regional cooperation and globalisation. The annual conference is organised by the LSESU South Asia Society, and is supported by the Centre.



LSE South Asia Summit

10 March 2018

The Centre organised the first-ever LSE South Asia Summit. David Gellner, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford particpated on the panel 'Who are the Middle Class in South Asia?', and presented his research on Nepal's middle class. To listen to the podcast, click here.


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29 April 2017

The South Asia Centre supported the first 'South Asia Development' Conference hosted by the LSESU South Asia Society. Building on the essence of regional cooperation and globalisation, the Centre was delighted to welcome H.E. Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, Ambassador of Nepal to the UK to speak on 'Nationalism' with Ms Hina Rabbani Khar (Pakistan Peoples Party). Dr Subedi also generously hosted a dinner for delegates and guests at the Nepal Embassy later in the evening.



New Politics and Policies for Nepal

14 November 2016

The Centre was delighted to welcome former Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai for a discussion on the launch of his 'Naya Shakti Party', and its perspective for Nepal's future. The event was chaired by Professor Michael Hutt (SOAS), and Dr Dan Hirslund (University of Copenhagen) was Discussant. The event was live-streamed in Nepal by members of the Naya Shakti Party, where more than a thousand viewers watched online despite the time difference of 6 hours. Click here to hear the podcast; an interview with Dr Bhattarai by Pragya KC and Manoj Paudel was published in the Centre's blog, South Asia@ LSE, and can be read here.


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July 2016

Deputy Director Dr Nilanjan Sarkar traveled to Nepal, to meet with LSE Alumni and facilitate the establishment of the LSE Alumni Association Nepal. Sneh Rajbhandari is the current Chair of the Alumni Association in Kathmandu; for contact details click here



11 February 2016

The South Asia Centre supported a Roundtable Discussion hosted by the LSESU Nepalese Society on 'Nepal after the Constitution', on 11 February 2016. Participants included Michael Hutt (SOAS), Punam Yadav (UCL), Mara Malagodi (City, University of London) and Chandra Laksamba (Centre for Nepal Studies UK). 



Banner image credit: 'Langtang National Park, Nepal' by Sergey Pesterev on Unsplash.