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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.

Brown-Harvard-MIT South Asian Politics Seminar: Maya Tudor, lecturer at Oxford University, draws on her 2013 book to ask under what conditions some developing countries are able to create stable democracies, while others are perpetually prone to instability and authoritarianism.

Pankaj Rishi Kumar’s satirical documentary on land “development” follows the bitter dispute that follows the takeover of a piece of land in Tamil Nadu first by the Vanamalai Temple and then by the government to develop it into a Special Economic Zone, to the distress of the villagers who follow their village God, Sudalai Swami.

Mr. Singh is the director of UNESCO Beijing, and represents UNESCO to China, Japan, North and South Korea and Mongolia. This talk will examine and compare the progress and identify challenges in the domains of basic education and adult literacy within the framework of Education for All (EFA), a global agenda launched at Jomtien in 1990 and reaffirmed in Dakar in 2000.

Suman Guha Mozumder, journalist for the diasporic magazine India Abroad, covered the Brown-India Initiative’s two-day Seminar on September 19th and 20th that featured talks by economists Amartya Sen and Ruchir Sharma.