Ibrahim Badusha C, a PhD candidate from the Department of Political Science, School of Social Science, University of Hyderabad (UoH), working under the supervision of Prof. K K Kailash, presented a paper titled “Political Parties, Non-State Service Provisions, and Building Resilience to the Pandemic: COVID-19 Induced Re-Networking of Political Linkages in the Sphere of Party Politics in Kerala” at the 6th Annual South Asia Conference, South Asia in Transformative Times, which was organized by the Ireland India Institute, and held at Dublin City University from April 19–21, 2023.

Ibrahim’s research delves into the responses of political parties to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, with an emphasis on their ability to build resilience and mitigate its impact. Specifically, the paper examines the service-oriented initiatives that were put in place by three political parties in Kerala, India, namely the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to maintain their public visibility and presence in non-virtual settings during the pandemic. Ibrahim’s attendance at the conference was made possible through funding from the Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) travel grant scheme.