Caste-Away?

Caste-Away?

The caste system is alive and well in some British Asian communities. Can or should we fight caste discrimination in the United Kingdom? Defined as ‘a hereditary, endogamous community associated with a traditional occupation and ranked accordingly on a perceived scale of ritual purity’, caste has divided South Asian society along commercial, social, and personal […]


The Gender of a Bicycle

The Gender of a Bicycle

Abigail Burman examines how our built environments can make cycling more inclusive In the last few years, cycling has edged its way into the mainstream.  Many major cities, including London, now have bikeshare programs and new bike companies are springing up and growing.  However, the number of people cycling is still lower than most policymakers […]


Development and Foreign Aid: India 2015

Development and Foreign Aid: India 2015

The year 2015 will see some major changes in the world as the final year for Millennium Development Goals, but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions over the UK’s relationship with India 2015 will bring about significant changes to the UK-India relationship. In an announcement made in 2012, the UK government decided to terminate all financial aid to […]


Welfare Reform and the Disabled

Welfare Reform and the Disabled

“I believe the test of a good and strong society is how we look after the most vulnerable” David Cameron, 2010, during the final leader’s debate. By any reasonable test, disabled people would make up a significant proportion of a society’s most vulnerable. However, today, the disabled are being put under unprecedented pressure. Given that […]


Thai Street Protests: A Critique of Another Revolution

Thai Street Protests: A Critique of Another Revolution

Why protests to deny elections and topple an elected government aren’t an expression but a hijacking of Thai democracy Thai politics has historically been a whirlwind of deference to the monarch, iconoclasm, military coups and dictatorships, and populist politics. Recently, the cycle seems to be perpetuating its tiresome self once again. Anti-government protesters have stormed […]