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Bangalore: Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bangalore-based non-profit organization, along with Brown University’s Brown-India Initiative will develop and publish a citizenship index to measure citizens’ involvement in Indian cities.

Capital, a non-fiction exploration of life and money in twenty-first-century Delhi, is out now in the US. The Guardian called it an ‘intense, lyrical, erudite and powerful book... Dasgupta has provided a welcome corrective to the reams of superficial travel writing describing the whimsical, the exotic, the booming or simply the poverty-stricken in India. His is a much more complex, darker story.’

The joint Brown-Harvard-MIT South Asian Politics Seminar concludes its Fall 2013 lecture series with a talk by Princeton professor of politics and international affairs Gary Bass, whose work focuses on human rights and international justice. Please join us at Harvard this Friday.

India Initiative director Ashutosh Varshney analyzes the threat of corruption to opportunity in India.
Ashutosh Varshney
India Initiative Professors Patrick Heller and Ashutosh Varshney will give a talk titled "Brown-India Initiative: Key Themes and Objectives" at 11am on May 26th at Brown.

Varshney: In India, assertion by states doesn’t preclude, and in fact nurtures, national cohesion.
Ashutosh Varshney
Ashutosh Varshney, professor of Political Science and founding director of the Brown-India Initiative, commented on the Indian political landscape in The New York Times.

Experts from The Brookings Institution and MIT discussed political and security issues in Asia at the Watson Institute in May. The panel discussion, “Security Perspectives on a Rising Asia: China and India,” considered a variety of topics, including Chinese and Indian views of a desirable international system, and China and India’s policies towards key international players and their smaller neighbors.