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Last spring, the Brown-India Initiative awarded nearly $75,000 in grants to Brown students and faculty engaging in research relevant to social, cultural and economic topics in India. Join us this week (Friday Oct. 18th) and next (Friday Oct. 25th) as they share the motives, stories and findings of their research with campus.

Benaifer began her storytelling in the Munirka slums of Delhi, listening to the stories of women as they struggled to better their lives. Monsoon Bissell, bi-racial, bi-cultural, has worked in television and film, counseling and coaching, writing and performing. Together they are using personal storytelling to explore how reclaiming narratives can be empowering and facilitative in bringing about change.

Brown-Harvard-MIT South Asian Politics Seminar: Maya Tudor, lecturer at Oxford University, draws on her 2013 book to ask under what conditions some developing countries are able to create stable democracies, while others are perpetually prone to instability and authoritarianism.

Pankaj Rishi Kumar’s satirical documentary on land “development” follows the bitter dispute that follows the takeover of a piece of land in Tamil Nadu first by the Vanamalai Temple and then by the government to develop it into a Special Economic Zone, to the distress of the villagers who follow their village God, Sudalai Swami.

Mr. Singh is the director of UNESCO Beijing, and represents UNESCO to China, Japan, North and South Korea and Mongolia. This talk will examine and compare the progress and identify challenges in the domains of basic education and adult literacy within the framework of Education for All (EFA), a global agenda launched at Jomtien in 1990 and reaffirmed in Dakar in 2000.

Suman Guha Mozumder, journalist for the diasporic magazine India Abroad, covered the Brown-India Initiative’s two-day Seminar on September 19th and 20th that featured talks by economists Amartya Sen and Ruchir Sharma.

The joint Brown-Harvard-MIT South Asian Politics Seminar begins its Fall 2013 series with a talk by Berkeley professor of political science Pradeep Chhibber, whose work focuses on Indian politics and party systems. Please join us at MIT this Friday, September 27th.

Read Ashutosh Varshney's op-ed on the Muzaffarnagar riots in the Indian Express

What do the Muzaffarnagar riots teach us about ourselves? It has been widely argued by political scientists that as incomes rise, communal discontent declines. So why should it be that the politicians remain so invested in actually fomenting communal trouble? A special debate on The Buck Stops Here.

Ruchir Sharma, Head of Global Macro and Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley will present as part of the Brown-India Initiative Seminar