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William Dalrymple, the acclaimed Scottish writer, historian, and critic, is the author of numerous articles and nine books, including his “East India Company” trilogy: White Mughals, The Last Mughal, and Return of a King: the Battle for Afghanistan. Before delivering the Brown-India Initiative’s O.P. Jindal Distinguished Lecture (the second of two such lectures this week), Dalrymple shared his thoughts on writing narrative history, and on whether he is a writer or a historian.

Join the Brown-India Initiative on Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. to join William Dalrymple, the OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer for Spring 2015, for his second lecture. William Dalrymple will be presenting a lecture titled "Afghanistan: Return of a King, Redux | The lessons of a 19th century catastrophe" | Joukowsky Forum Watson Institute | Reception to Follow
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Professor Ashutosh Varshney's latest Indian Express column addresses the rising agrarian distress.

Join the Brown-India Initiative on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. to welcome William Dalrymple, the OP Jindal Distinguished Lecturer for Spring 2015. William Dalrymple will be presenting a lecture titled "The East India Company: The original corporate Raiders" | Joukowsky Forum Watson Institute | Reception to Follow
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Leela Gandhi speaks with Ipsita Chakravarty of The Indian Express.

Visiting scholar Chandan Gowda speaks at Harvard and Yale | Chandan Gowda gave a speech at Yale's MacMillan Center on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 4:30pm | He will also talk at Harvard on Friday, Mary 1, 2015 at 4:00pm.

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Presents: Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Former Indian National Security Advisor. On Friday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m., Menon will present on India's National Security Calculus. | Harvard Faculty Club | Reception to follow

The Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics presents: Chandan Gowda, Azim Premji University. He will be presenting his lecture "The Origins of the Developmental State: Colonialism and the Politics of Knowledge in India" on April 17 at 2:00 p.m. | McKinney Conference Room | Reception to follow

The Ivy Film Festival and SASA Presents: Dosa Hunt. Saturday, April 11 at 6:30pm. A short film by Amrit Singh, Dosa Hunt features vibrant music-scene favorites—Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri and Ashok “Dapwell” Kondabolu, Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder and Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo—on a quest to find NYC’s best-tasting dosa tackling issues of cultural identity on the way. The Q&A will feature director Amrit Singh, produce Zoe Schack and Das Racist’s Dapwell, who will DJ as part of the festival.

Join us on Friday, April 10 at 5:00 p.m., to welcome Amit Chaudhuri, Novelist & Literary Professor at the University of East Anglia. He will give a lecture titled "Odysseus, Bedsits, and Lamb Curry: A Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri". -- McKinney Conference Room -- Reception to follow