The Language of Lockdown Arts

By Sunil Pun|July 9, 2020|Culture, Gender, General, History, India, Media|0 comments

Manch UK launches Meet the Artist Compiled by Payal Ramchandani (Kuchipudi dancer) with editorial comments by Dr Sanjukta Ghosh (SOAS South Asia Institute) During the lockdown, many artists are keen to share their personal stories on social media as the language of art could be empowering and enable one to connect with the inner world of emotions. It has been particularly difficult for dancers who are used to practising in

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Doing Ethnographic Research during Covid-19 at Myanmar’s Main Public Hospital by Nora Wuttke

By Sunil Pun|June 12, 2020|Civil Society, Conflict, Culture, Development, Environment, General, Myanmar|0 comments

by Nora Wuttke 1st of July 2020 “Don’t take buses or taxis; it is better to walk” – and all of a sudden, my physical world became very small. At the same time, an infinite digital realm overlaid everything with its expansiveness. The tensions and discrepancies between experiences in “my” world and the digital discourses (mainly spun from Europe and the US where death rates where rising and mental health

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Framing Covid-19 in Nepal by Michael Hutt

By Sunil Pun|April 21, 2020|Nepal, SSAI|0 comments

Michael Hutt All disasters play out in the aftermath of the critical event that has triggered them, and it is rarely possible to state categorically that any disaster aftermath has really come to an end.  In most cases it is merely eclipsed by the events that follow it, as history moves on. Nepal is still recovering from the earthquakes that killed 9,000 people and destroyed over 800,000 domestic dwellings in

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Covid-19 in India by Avinash Paliwal and Edward Simpson

By Sunil Pun|April 21, 2020|General, India, SSAI|0 comments

Avinash Paliwal and Edward Simpson ‘You are on mute’ and ‘Once all this is over’, phrases of the pandemic. We learn to do business over the internet, and look to the future as if it were as innocent as the past. These words typify transformations – big and small – in the way we live our lives. Lockdowns, curfews and social distancing have been brought in to restrict the spread

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EKUSHE: Bengali Language Martyr’s Day by Sanjukta Ghosh

By Sunil Pun|February 26, 2020|Bangladesh, General|0 comments

SSAI Artistic Director, Sanjukta Ghosh delivered a statement on the occasion of UNESCO International Mother Language Day 2020 upon invitation by H.E. Saida Muna Tasneem, Bangladesh High Commissioner, at the commemoration of the ‘Bengali Language Martyrs Day’ on Friday, 21 February. Mother Language Day is part of a broader initiative “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world” as adopted by the UN General Assembly on May

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On The Frontline: Indian and Australia: Votes For Crony Capitalism by Navtej Purewal

By Sunil Pun|September 3, 2019|General|0 comments

The article was originally published on on 7 August, 2019.  The results of the 2019 Australian and Indian general elections, announced within days of one another on May 18th and 23rd respectively, were each in their own way a vote for crony capitalism and ‘development’ over environmental, sustainability and social justice concerns. The victory of the BJP in India and the Conservative Party in Australia lay bare how global capital

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Bengal’s Election as the Nation’s Frontline Critic by Sanjukta Ghosh

By Sunil Pun|May 21, 2019|General|0 comments

SOAS South Asia Institute Scholars on the Indian Elections 2019 The 17th Lok Sabha elections have aroused ‘the never before’ spate of analyses among academics and the media, by taking stock of limitless flow of data, fake news and visuals as distorting factors in free and fair elections. But most importantly, these also serve as triggers of a sweeping anti-incumbency vote. Bengal is the hotbed of such analyses given the

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Bengal’s historic contradictions surface in contemporary politics by Pallavi Roy

By Sunil Pun|May 15, 2019|General|0 comments

SOAS South Asia Institute Scholars on the Indian Elections 2019 The 2019 general elections are being described as one of the most significant along with the ones held after independence in 1951 and after the ‘Emergency’ in 1977. These elections are being seen as almost a referendum for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) aggressively populist, exclusionary and right-wing Hindutva politics. There is a lot at stake for the party

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Elections in India: A snapshot of West Bengal by Somnath Batabyal

By Sunil Pun|May 1, 2019|General|0 comments

SOAS South Asia Institute Scholars on the Indian Elections 2019 In the summer of 2000, I was posted in West Bengal as a Correspondent for NDTV. Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharya, member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was the Chief Minister and he had just brought his party back to power after the resignation of Jyoti Basu, who, it seems had ruled West Bengal for decades. I knew Mr Bhattacharya

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909,917,469 electors vote for a new India: World’s largest democracy at work by Himanshu Shekhar Mishra

By Sunil Pun|May 1, 2019|General|0 comments

SOAS South Asia Institute Scholars on the Indian Elections 2019 The world’s largest-ever electoral exercise got underway on 11th April 2019 when millions of Indian voters turned out to cast their votes in the first phase of general elections. Polls are being held in seven phases spread over 39 days between April 11th and May 19th, 2019. This week, India enters the fourth phase of the polls. The body of

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