News and Events


Professor Ashutosh Varshney will be a guest of the Harvard South Asia Institute this week for a Social Enterprise Seminar on "The Emerging Political Situation in India."
Inequality with Indifference
In a country with such stark inequalities as India, how do people of privilege tolerate or ignore the extreme poverty all around them, and where do new forms of intolerance arise from? Harsh Mander, activist, policy adviser, author, discusses these questions at length and turns to powerful stories and discussions of empathy to suggest solutions.
Patrick Heller Portrait
Patrick Heller, professor at the Watson Institute, will deliver a lecture on the goals and challenges of governance in the face of India’s urbanization

Join us on Tuesday, February 11th at the Brown Bookstore at 4:00 p.m.

Anthropologist Jeffrey Witsoe draws on fieldwork to examine the contradictions that emerge when lower-caste politicians take control of a state government that has long serve to reinforce upper-caste dominance.
Nirupama Rao Event Poster
Please join us this Tuesday 2/4 at 5:30pm to welcome former Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the Initiative. The event will include a conversation between Ambassador Rao and Richard Locke, director of the Watson Institute.
Info Session Poster
Join us to learn about summer research and internship grants of $5,000-$10,000 available to students and faculty through the Brown-India Initiative Fellowship. Samosas and chai will be provided!
Dasgupta at Watson, 2012
Author Rana Dasgupta, featured in last year’s Brown-India Seminar, will be co-teaching a course with Modern Culture and Media professor Joshua Neves

Patrick Heller, professor of sociology and international studies and director of the graduate program in development, recently took part in the 2014 International Conference on Deepening Democracy (ICODD) held in Kerala from January 19 to 21. The conference brought together elected representatives, officials, policy makers, research scholars and academicians from various states within India and abroad to share the experiences in democratic decentralization and participatory planning so as to fomulate a strategy for further strengthening local governments.

Varshney speaks about the changing contours of Indian politics, the spectacular debut of AAP and the impact of growing urbanization on politics.