How British liberals should advocate for the human rights of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir (800 words)

InterLib | September 2019 Imaduddin Ahmed (800 word piece in the 2019 InterLib Kashmir pages, following the articles on Kashmir by Liberal Democrat MEPs Phil Bennion and Dinesh Dhamija) The 72 year history of Kashmir since the British Raj dissolved is fraught with unconfirmable contentions and theories and riddled by complex problems. For a start, the issue of self-determination of the people of the various parts of Kashmir under Pakistani, Indian and even Chinese administration is not straight-forward: self-determination by whom, given migrations since 1947? The wider stakes at play for the two nuclear powers in dispute over the region … Continue reading How British liberals should advocate for the human rights of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir (800 words)

How British liberals should advocate for the human rights of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir (500 words)

By Imaduddin Ahmed | Fri 30th August 2019 | Lib Dem Voice This past month, the Government of India has escalated military presence in Jammu and Kashmir, already perhaps the densest in the world, enforced curfews, a media blackout, blocked all communications and arrested Kashmiri politicians without issuing warrants under a draconian law. Reports of torture of civilians are now coming through the BBC. This comes accompanying the Government of India’s attempt to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in violation of the conditions of it joining India after India became independent. Civilian casualties over the past 12 months were already at a decade … Continue reading How British liberals should advocate for the human rights of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir (500 words)

The cost of power outages to Zambia’s manufacturing sector

Policy Brief 41408 International Growth Centre | June 2019 Imaduddin Ahmed, Michelle Baddeley, D’Maris Coffman, Jim Meikle and Graham Sianjase In Brief: The researchers surveyed 146 large manufacturing firms in Zambia’s industrial hubs in 2018 to assess the impacts of power outages on Zambia’s manufacturing sector, and firms’ coping mechanisms. Following the outages of 2015 and 2016, manufacturing’s share of energy delivered by Zambian energy utility ZESCO dropped and had not recovered by 2017. The researchers find that: o Backup generation was associated with a reduction in production delays which was associated with reduced loss in clients; o Export-oriented firms … Continue reading The cost of power outages to Zambia’s manufacturing sector

The case for changing our laws on revoking citizenship

By Imaduddin Ahmed | Mon 19th August 2019 | Lib Dem Voice When as Home Secretary Sajid Javid attempted to strip British-born Shamima Begum of her citizenship, he highlighted how the Home Office has come to possess powers to revoke citizenship that … Continue reading The case for changing our laws on revoking citizenship

Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: authoritarianism, markets and zones of governance

Africa, Volume 88, Issue 4 November 2018 , pp. 896-897 Imaduddin Ahmed Just as Philip Verwimp did in his 2013 book Peasants in Power in relation to the previous Juvénal Habyarimana administration, Chris Huggins applies James Scott’s 1998 authoritarian high modernist state framework to model post-genocide Rwanda. Both authors see authoritarian high modernist states that have achieved a high degree of administrative ordering at the rural level. Both see a prostrate civil society. But where Verwimp additionally applied Wintrobe’s dictatorship models to Habyarimana’s state, Huggins applies Foucauldian governmentality to the new Rwandan state – power is exercised not only through ‘actions’ but … Continue reading Agricultural Reform in Rwanda: authoritarianism, markets and zones of governance

Seismic costs

Dawn | October 7, 2018 Imaduddin Ahmed WHEN considering investment in an infrastructure project, responsible investors or donors would ask: what is the need? What are the financial, social and environmental costs? What are the risks and the unknowns? Is the project likely to yield higher costs than benefits? Is the project the best option to address the need? Pakistan’s judiciary and government have called upon Pakistanis to invest in the Diamer-Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund, and yet they have insufficiently addressed these questions. The Supreme Court’s online app­eal is not accompanied by a feasibility study. From the outside looking … Continue reading Seismic costs

Courting disaster

Dawn | August 18, 2017 Imaduddin Ahmed SIXTEEN million people in Pakistan lack access to safe water. Scarcity of clean water and poor sanitation claim 19,000 children under five years of age in Pakistan annually, according to WaterAid. Per FAO/World Bank data, Pakistan’s internal renewable freshwater per capita is less than that in Syria, whose civil war has in part been attributed to water scarcity. The Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources forecasts worsening scarcity. The way in which new hydroelectric plants on the Chenab and upstream Jhelum are operated by India could further exacerbate shortages. Besides taking the … Continue reading Courting disaster