A wall painting in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto leads the people. I took that one in the mid 1990s when I was doing research on the Kashmir conflict.

© 1995 Sten Widmalm

Commenting on blasphemy laws in "Voice of Islam", 2/10, 2017,
[my take], from 30:50 in the podcast:

This is a text i just wrote for The Wire about why a uniform civil code may not be the right move for India - if it is promoted by the BJP.


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This web page belongs to Sten Widmalm, Professor in political science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University in Sweden.

I teach Comparative politics, Democratic development, Public administration, and Crisis management, and I am also the Chairman of the board for the bimonthly magazine Respons.

My research areas are: Political tolerance, democratic development, conflict studies, crisis management, decentralization, and corruption. I do my research on such topics in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Europe.

I am the author of Political Tolerance in the Global South – Images from India, Pakistan and Uganda (in press, spring 2016, London: Ashgate); Decentralisation, Corruption and Social Capital - from India to the West (Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore.: SAGE Publications, 2008); Kashmir in Comparative Perspective - Democracy and Violent Separatism in India. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

This site is a place where you can read about my publications and follow the research projects that I am involved in.

At this place you will also see some of my photographs.

I hope you will find the site useful!


* New Book Out Now! Political Tolerance in The Global South - Images from India, Pakistan and Uganda. Publisher: Routledge.

* Essay in The Wire on why a uniform civil code may be the wrong way to go for India - if it is BJP that promotes it.

* My comments on the situation for minorities in Pakistan in particular, and South Asia in general in Aktuellt, 28 September 2016 (33 minutes in to the program).