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Ashutosh Varshney in the India Express, "India is also witnessing yet another feature typical of democracies: election victories alone, however spectacular, cannot sustain political legitimacy."

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.