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On Friday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m., join Amit Ahuja from the University of California Santa Barbara as he lectures on "Soldier, God, and the State: Religion in the Armies of India and Pakistan" --- Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics @ MIT -- Reception to follow

A lacerating local triumph or a result of national significance? How should one view the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi’s recent assembly elections?

Join Ruth Vanita, University of Montana, on Tuesday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m. as she presents her lecture "Syncretic Erotics: Poetry, Sex and the City in Pre-Colonial Lucknow". Non-mystical Urdu poetry in women's and men's voices, composed in pre-colonial Lucknow, reveals an indigenous modernity that delights in hybridity, mobility, eccentric individuality, and hedonism. | McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute | Reception to follow

On Friday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m., join the Brown-India Initiative and the Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics to a book Adda featuring Pradeep Chhibber's "Religious Practice and Democracy in India". --- Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute --- Reception to Follow ---

Can India be simultaneously close to the US, a new friend, and Russia, an old friend?

Obama’s visit had many transactions, ranging from profitable investments in India’s renewable energy mission to co-production of weaponry to the general pull of India’s markets.

Join us on Wednesday February 4 at 12:00 p.m. to eat samosas and chai and talk about the Brown-India Initiative Fellowship Application! ------ Wednesday February 4 at 12:00 p.m. Birkelund Board Room, Watson Institute ------

This winter break, Professor Lina Fruzzetti gave two lectures in India. The first, held at IIT Gandinagar on January 5th 2015, was titled "Construction of Gender - The meaning of liberty and independence". The second talk was on "Thinking ethnographically about liberty and freedom”, and was conducted at IIT Delhi.

The Initiative awards funds for research projects and summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. The projects selected concentrate on a vast range of topics related to social, political, cultural, and economic change in India.

Professor Ashutosh Varshney's latest column from the Indian Express explores religious conversions, a movement that has raised its head again in India.