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Barkha Dutt, India Initiative's former Meera and Vikram Gandhi fellow, was one of six anchors selected for Hillary Clinton's last Global Townhall in the position of Secretary of State.

An editorial written by Brown University MD/PhD student Kartik Venkatesh appeared in the Indian Express on Wednesday. In "Doctors Within Borders" Venkatesh evaluates the emigration of physicians from India and suggests how Indian medical institutions might address the shortage of physicians within India.

Asia Society India Centre hosted Brown-India Initiative Director Ashutosh Varshney on January 17, 2013 for a discussion on how regional identity has shaped the formation and efficacy of federalism in India. In this latest program of the Future of Asia series, Varshney was joined by Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor of the Hindustan Times, to investigate the series theme of Identity and Culture.

The Centre for the Study of Social Systems celebrates 40 years of learning with an international conference, entitled Sociology Matters: Challenges and Possibilities of Social Science Knowledge in Contemporary India.

Professor Varshney’s latest column addresses the national significance of Narendra Modi’s third consecutive victory in the recent Gujarat Assembly Elections.

Professor Varshney’s most recent article engages the contemporary debate on Nehru’s economic legacy.

Student Spotlight: David Adler '14 talks to the Brown-India Initiative about his research on in-situ slum rehabilitation at the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi under Professor Patrick Heller, Yashas Vaidya (Brown, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology), and Subhadra Banda (CPR).

Professor Varshney's latest column considers how to assess Nehru's place in history. (November 2012)

Join us on Friday November 30th at 2:00 P.M. in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for a talk by Emmanuel Teitelbaum, George Washington University, on "Low Profile Resources and Insurgent Violence: Evidence from India"

The O.P. Jindal Distinguished Lecture Series presents: Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist, World Bank on Friday November 9th and Friday November 16th at 2:30 P.M. at the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St.