News and Events


Join us on Tuesday, February 11th at the Brown Bookstore at 4:00 p.m.

Anthropologist Jeffrey Witsoe draws on fieldwork to examine the contradictions that emerge when lower-caste politicians take control of a state government that has long serve to reinforce upper-caste dominance.
Nirupama Rao Event Poster
Please join us this Tuesday 2/4 at 5:30pm to welcome former Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the Initiative. The event will include a conversation between Ambassador Rao and Richard Locke, director of the Watson Institute.
Info Session Poster
Join us to learn about summer research and internship grants of $5,000-$10,000 available to students and faculty through the Brown-India Initiative Fellowship. Samosas and chai will be provided!
Dasgupta at Watson, 2012
Author Rana Dasgupta, featured in last year’s Brown-India Seminar, will be co-teaching a course with Modern Culture and Media professor Joshua Neves

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.