Punjab Research Group

The Indian General Election: The Outcome and its Implications

Posted in Events by Pippa on June 9, 2009

25 June 2009, Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Venue: Seminar room 116, Main Building, SOAS

 Professor James Manor and Dr Lawrence Saez cordially invite to attend the following one day workshop:

 Speakers (in alphabetical order):

  • Oliver Heath (Royal Holloway)
  • James Manor (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)
  • Alistair McMillan (University of Sheffield)
  • Rahul Roy-Chaudhury (International Institute of Strategic Studies, IISS)
  • Gurharpal Singh (University of Birmingham)
  • Carole Spary (University of Warwick)
  • Louise Tillin (Institute of Development Studies)

The workshop will focus on state-based results and analyse general trends.  This workshop, unlike all others outside India, will have present three people who did field research and worked with the National Election Study at CSDS in Delhi. We anticipate that this event should be lively and interesting, with plenty of opportunities for audience participation.  Moreover, a sandwich lunch and coffee will be provided.  The event is free, but due to space limitations, you will be required to RSVP.  To confirm your attendance, please email Dr Lawrence Saez at ls4@soas.ac.uk    

The workshop is funded by the PSA’s Politics of South Asia Specialist Group and is co-sponsored by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the SOAS Centre for South Asian Studies.

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Singh will be King! By Akrita Reyar

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 16, 2009

A sympathetic piece by Zee news.

There are ever only a few men, in history or even in contemporary times, who have been so prodigiously placed in a position of the greatest power and at a time when the wheel of history is set for a decisive turn.

Neither a man of lineage, nor wealth or even mighty inheritance, Dr Manmohan Singh had little to boast, but for his sharp intellect, quiet wisdom combined with an unalloyed determination to serve his nation that was standing at crossroads, when destiny beckoned him to shape India’s course.

Read full article: http://www.zeenews.com/zee-exclusive/2009-05-14/521279news.html


A related piece discussing the dominance of Punjabi culture appeared in Express Buzz last month, Oye India, Singh is King by VIR SANGHVI. It is interesting to note the different comments expressed in Express Buzz and Sikhchic who picked up the piece and also posted it on their website. Links to both are below.

The last time I went to Colombo (Sri Lanka) a few years ago, I looked at the streets and the people and said to myself, I could be in India. Though a large part of the population of northern Sri Lanka is of Tamil origin, it was Kerala that much of the south reminded me of.

But I still had a nagging feeling that something was different: that somehow I was not in India.

It took me a while to figure it out. But then it hit me with a compelling suddenness: not one woman was wearing a salwar kameez (the Punjabi two-piece shirt-and-trouser version commonly worn by Sikh women)



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