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Join us on Monday, October 6 to watch De Sidere 7, an experimental work that interweaves performance, dance, poetry, storytelling and text to reflect upon aspects of desire. Shot in Bangalore, it is conceived as a videocontemplation: a formally plural, multilayered composition intended to be experienced as an integrated whole. Lata Mani, a Bangalore based cultural critic will be leading the videocontemplation after the screening. Monday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m. Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center

On Friday October 3rd, Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor in the Business, Government and International Economy Unit at Harvard University, will be speaking to us about Education in India. His current research examines the governance of public services in rural India, particularly in the education sector, and his lecture is titled, "Bureaucratic Politics and Democratic Rights: Forging a Right to Education in India" Part of the joint seminar on South Asian Politics series Friday, Ocotober 3 at 2:00 p.m. McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute

Ashutosh Varshney interviews Roderick MacFarquhar for the Indian Express.

Join us on Friday, September 26 at 2:30 p.m. to welcome Ann Grodzins Gold, a Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. Her presentation is titled "Negotiated pluralism and public religion: Keeping the peace in Jahazpur".

Last semester, the Initiative awarded over $92,000 to seven undergraduate students, six graduate students and two faculty members who undertook projects throughout India over the summer. Join us for part 1 of the students' presentations on their research and experiences over the summer in India, from navigating familial decisions during pregnancy to researching the Naxalite Movement in Kolkata. They will present on Friday, September 26 and Friday, October 10. Friday, September 26 at 12:00 p.m. McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute Lunch will be provided

Join us on Friday to welcome former Indian Ambassador to the United States and Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow, Nirupama Rao. She will be presenting her lecture: The Politics of History: India and China, 1949-1962.

Shivaji Mukherjee, University of Toronto Presents: Colonial Origins of Maoist Insurgency in India: Historical Legacies of British Indirect Rule

Adda is a word used in several South Asian languages to indicate an intense, enjoyable conversational practice or setting, usually associated with free speech, friendship and democratic social formations

In his latest Indian Express column, Professor Ashutosh Varshney argues that thus far, Prime Minister Modi has pursued the path of pragmatism, not ideological correctness. The balance between governance and ideology, however, remains precarious.
 Extensive Election Coverage by Barkha Dutt Former Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fello
Extensive Election Coverage by Barkha Dutt Former Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow