Conferencing in Dhaka

Written by Carole Spary. I recently had the privilege of participating in a conference on ‘Inclusive Governance in South Asia’ in Bangladesh on 8-9 May in the capital Dhaka. The conference was organised by Professor Nizam U. Ahmed, Chief Co-ordinator of the Public Administration and Governance Research Network and Professor at the Department of Public …

Indian state elections give Modi a boost – but the country is fracturing

Written by Anderson Jeremiah. On the face of it, the results of elections in four important Indian states seem like an endorsement of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his Baratiya Janata Party (BJP). But scratch the surface, and plenty of other forces are there: anti-incumbency feeling, the rise of Hindu political identity in general, …

Modi fights to strengthen his hand in India’s state elections

Written by Ipshita Basu. Elections to the state legislative assemblies have just got underway in India. Throughout April and May, voters in five of the country’s 29 states will nominate representatives to the country’s Upper House of Parliament. And for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, these elections will be decisive in determining how much influence his …

What Brexit would mean for relations between India and the UK

Written by Paul James Cardwell and Navajyoti Samanta. Much of the debate about Britain’s impending referendum on membership of the European Union so far has focused on external trade and the UK’s standing in the world. President Barack Obama intervened to say that the UK would not find new trade deals easy to conclude, even with …

In the footsteps of Freda Bedi

Written by Andrew Whitehead. Over Easter, with the support of a small grant from the IAPS, I was in India on the trail of Freda Bedi. You may not have heard of her – but her life was remarkable for the way in which she challenged and crossed boundaries of race, religion and nationality. Freda …

The 2012 Delhi protests: towards a scalar analysis

Written by Srila Roy. The brutal gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi in December 2012 has come to constitute a ‘critical event’ in contemporary India. This is largely ascribable to the unprecedented public protests that the event propelled. The protests are one critical and representative moment in a changing landscape …

Dangerous Freedoms: Some thoughts on Gender, Caste and Development in India

Written by Kalpana Karunakaran. Gender violence cannot exist on the scale it does in India unless there is endorsement and social sanction for it or at least for the conditions that breed violence against women. To understand better the idea of social sanction, I suggest we see gender violence, not only as the horrific acts of …

Prominent feminist activist Kavita Krishnan to give 2015/16 Tomlinson Lecture

Written by Carole Spary. Our 2015/16 Tomlinson Lecture speaker is Kavita Krishnan. Kavita is the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association and a politbureau member of the CPI(ML) Liberation Party in India. She is a prominent feminist, left activist and campaigner on a range of interrelated issues, in particular women’s rights in India. …

Violence Against Women in India: Is ‘Culture’ The Culprit, or Structure?

We’re getting excited about the annual Tomlinson Lecture on 3rd March at 6pm. Kavita Krishnan will speak on ‘Violence Against Women in India: Is ‘Culture’ The Culprit, or Structure?’ Kavita Krishnan is the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association. Lecture open to all but please register at www.tomlinson-lecture.eventbrite.co.uk

UK-India Business Council, growing trade, and reverse colonialism

Written by 3rd year International Relations student, Priyanka Mistry, who undertook an internship in India in July 2015 as part of the British Council Scheme UKIBC, the UK–India Business Council, is a membership based organisation founded in 2007 to promote and increase bilateral trade between the UK and India. Some companies which are part of …