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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.

Professor Varshney appeared on NDTV to discuss current political developments in light of his new book, Battles Half Won: India's Improbable Democracy

In this excerpt just published in the Indian Express, from his upcoming book Battles Half Won, Initiative director Ashutosh Varshney explains that it is political actors –and most notably Jawaharlal Nehru – who are responsible for the extraordinary and improbable endurance of Indian democracy.

Nirupama Rao, the former ambassador of India to the United States, has accepted a one-year appointment as the Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow with the Brown-India Initiative at the Watson Institute for International Studies. Rao begins her appointment in January 2014.

Join us for a talk by Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Visiting Professor of Indian Constitutional Law at Columbia University.

In this third and last 2013 OP Jindal Lecture, author and historian Ramachandra Guha will focus on some of the ways Gandhi anticipated the environmental crisis that humanity finds itself in today. Drawing from clues from his writing, Guha will discuss how Gandhi's ideas have shaped and influenced environmental struggles in India and beyond. Friday at 2:30pm in the Joukowsky Forum.

In this second 2013 OP Jindal Lecture, author and historian Ramachandra Guha will talk about Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar's campaign for the abolition of the caste system in India. The talk will address whether society should draw on both of their legacies in the fight against prejudice and orthodoxy. Wednesday at 5:00pm in the Joukowsky Forum.

Presenting the first in the 2013 OP Jindal Lecture Series: author and historian Ramachandra Guha discusses Gandhi's pluralist roots by highlighting the years he spent in London and South Africa. Tuesday at 5pm in the Joukowsky Forum.

It is a popular truism that police in India generally lack legitimate authority and public trust. Is this the legacy of the institution's colonial role as a means of oppression, as it is often understood, or do multiple and conflicting claims to authority challenge and overwhelm the authority of the police?