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Dr. Ashwini Deshpande will share her research on income gaps between marginalized and non-marginalized populations in India, and on the effects of self-employment on the earnings structures of these households.

Join us on April 4th at Harvard for the second talk in this semester’s Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics, featuring Karthik Muralidharan (UCSD), who will discuss his research on policy and practices to improve the quality of primary education in public and private schools across India.

Profs. Ashutosh Varshney and Patrick Heller were in Delhi this week to meet with Janaagraha and other stakeholders, to discuss effective citizenship in Bangalore and institutional, political and other methods to improve this score

Professor Varshney's latest article for the Indian Express reflects on Narendra Modi's campaign rhetoric.

Join us March 12th and 14th for two lectures by Ashis Nandy, political psychologist, social theorist, human rights activist and major cultural critic in contemporary India. In this series, based on 10 years of interviews with survivors of Partition violence in India and Pakistan, Dr. Nandy focuses on the psychological effects of engaging in and then coping with genocidal violence (either as victims or as killers), and on the way in which community-based cultural resources help individuals negotiate their experiences.

Actor, director and social activist Nandita Das (Fire, Earth, Bawander) will be presenting her debut film, Firaaq, at next Friday's Feminist & Women's Media Festival. The film, set a month after the 2002 Gujarat riots, chronicles the traumas and everyday losses of its characters on either side of the religious divide. Join us on 3/14 for a screening, keynote speech and Q&A.

Join us Friday at MIT for a lecture on the apparatus that has dominated the Pakistani state for most of its life. Why, Dr. Fair asks, does Pakistan's military continue to pursue efforts to coerce India, efforts that have led to three unsuccessful wars and gotten in the way of a viable growth strategy to catch up with its neighbor to the East? The answer lies in the strategic culture of the army, which remains victorious so long as it resists India’s purported hegemony.

Professor Ashutosh Varshney will be a guest of the Harvard South Asia Institute this week for a Social Enterprise Seminar on "The Emerging Political Situation in India."
Inequality with Indifference
In a country with such stark inequalities as India, how do people of privilege tolerate or ignore the extreme poverty all around them, and where do new forms of intolerance arise from? Harsh Mander, activist, policy adviser, author, discusses these questions at length and turns to powerful stories and discussions of empathy to suggest solutions.
Patrick Heller Portrait
Patrick Heller, professor at the Watson Institute, will deliver a lecture on the goals and challenges of governance in the face of India’s urbanization