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Dr. Karthik Venkatesh, a post-doctoral research fellow at Brown's Alpert Medical school, presented last week at the 2013 Chennai ART Symposium. The international symposium is organized by the YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRGCARE). Dr. Venkatesh highlighted two decades of Brown funded collaborative research examining the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South India, on behalf of the medical school and the Office of International Affairs.

In his most recent column for the Indian Express, Professor Ashutosh Varshney enters into a debate with Harsh Gupta and Rajeev Mantri on minority rights and national identity. Professor Varshney cautions against the dangerous implications of an imposed singular national identity, and advocates for hyphenated Indian identities.

Please join us on Friday, February 15, from 2:30-4:30 PM in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for International Studies as the Brown-India Initiative Spring 2013 Seminar Series presents Thad Dunning of Yale University for a talk titled “Parties, Caste, and Distribution in India: Grassroots Political Mobilization in Cross-State Perspective.” Discussion and reception will follow.

Brown University Professor of Sociology Patrick Heller has an op-ed in the Indian Express today on Delhi gangrape, social movements, and the long march through institutions. Read “Taking back the city” online or download the e-paper edition now.
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Staff Writer Alexander Blum of the Brown Daily Herald recapped the India Initiative's opening seminar by Ambassador Nirupama Rao in an article featuring students' reactions to Rao's lecture, "America's 'Asian Pivot:' thew View from India," and including remarks on the status and goals of the Brown-India Initiative by the Initiative's Director Ashutosh Varshney.

PDF full text of Ambassador Rao's 2/4/13 lecture, “America’s ‘Asian Pivot:’ the View from India," available here!

Please join us for the opening seminar of the Spring 2013 Brown-India Initiative Seminar Series on Monday, February 4, at 5:30 PM in Pembroke Hall, Room 305. The Honorable Nirupama Rao, Indian Ambassador to the United States, will deliver a lecture titled “America’s ‘Asian Pivot’: The View from India,” chaired by Brown University President Christina Paxson. Please join us for this exciting occasion! Discussion and reception to follow.

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.