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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?

Read an e-paper and op-ed on slum redevelopment in New Delhi by Sociology student Yashas Vaidya.

Last spring, the Brown-India Initiative awarded nearly $75,000 in grants to Brown students and faculty engaging in research relevant to social, cultural and economic topics in India. Join us this week (Friday Oct. 18th) and next (Friday Oct. 25th) as they share the motives, stories and findings of their research with campus.

Benaifer began her storytelling in the Munirka slums of Delhi, listening to the stories of women as they struggled to better their lives. Monsoon Bissell, bi-racial, bi-cultural, has worked in television and film, counseling and coaching, writing and performing. Together they are using personal storytelling to explore how reclaiming narratives can be empowering and facilitative in bringing about change.