News and Events


This Wednesday at MIT, Prof. Ashutosh Varshney, director of the Brown-India Initiative, will discuss the meaning of potential outcomes of the 2014 Indian General Election with Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi. The conversation will be moderated by Abhijit Banerje, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT.

Please join us for the next Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics featuring Pratap Mehta, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Jonathan Shainin, news editor at The New Yorker, will be moderating a discussion between political scientist Ashutosh Varshney and author Rana Dasgupta. Varshney and Dasgupta’s recent books both examine what defines “contemporary India,” though they come from very different perspectives: one a collection of essays on the deepening of democracy since 1947, and the other a literary portrait of the daily relations and inequality that define Delhi.

Taran Raghuram's India Initiative Fellowship project featured on Explore Watson. Read all about Raghuram's work with civic-action organization Janaagraha, and research that brings a global outlook to local issues.

Dr. Ashwini Deshpande will share her research on income gaps between marginalized and non-marginalized populations in India, and on the effects of self-employment on the earnings structures of these households.

Join us on April 4th at Harvard for the second talk in this semester’s Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics, featuring Karthik Muralidharan (UCSD), who will discuss his research on policy and practices to improve the quality of primary education in public and private schools across India.

Profs. Ashutosh Varshney and Patrick Heller were in Delhi this week to meet with Janaagraha and other stakeholders, to discuss effective citizenship in Bangalore and institutional, political and other methods to improve this score

Professor Varshney's latest article for the Indian Express reflects on Narendra Modi's campaign rhetoric.

Join us March 12th and 14th for two lectures by Ashis Nandy, political psychologist, social theorist, human rights activist and major cultural critic in contemporary India. In this series, based on 10 years of interviews with survivors of Partition violence in India and Pakistan, Dr. Nandy focuses on the psychological effects of engaging in and then coping with genocidal violence (either as victims or as killers), and on the way in which community-based cultural resources help individuals negotiate their experiences.

Actor, director and social activist Nandita Das (Fire, Earth, Bawander) will be presenting her debut film, Firaaq, at next Friday's Feminist & Women's Media Festival. The film, set a month after the 2002 Gujarat riots, chronicles the traumas and everyday losses of its characters on either side of the religious divide. Join us on 3/14 for a screening, keynote speech and Q&A.