News and Events


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.

Join us Friday at MIT for a lecture on the apparatus that has dominated the Pakistani state for most of its life. Why, Dr. Fair asks, does Pakistan's military continue to pursue efforts to coerce India, efforts that have led to three unsuccessful wars and gotten in the way of a viable growth strategy to catch up with its neighbor to the East? The answer lies in the strategic culture of the army, which remains victorious so long as it resists India’s purported hegemony.

Professor Ashutosh Varshney will be a guest of the Harvard South Asia Institute this week for a Social Enterprise Seminar on "The Emerging Political Situation in India."
Inequality with Indifference
In a country with such stark inequalities as India, how do people of privilege tolerate or ignore the extreme poverty all around them, and where do new forms of intolerance arise from? Harsh Mander, activist, policy adviser, author, discusses these questions at length and turns to powerful stories and discussions of empathy to suggest solutions.
Patrick Heller Portrait
Patrick Heller, professor at the Watson Institute, will deliver a lecture on the goals and challenges of governance in the face of India’s urbanization

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