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Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 12:30am

Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 01:50am

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10:00-11:20 am IST // 12:30-1:50 am ET

Join us for the 13th Session of Distinguished Global Indian Speaker Series by Amity University Gurugram, and co-sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.


10:00-10:10 am IST // 12:30-12:40 am ET
Opening Remarks by Prof. (Dr.) Gunjan M. Sanjeev, Vice President, RBEF, Director-International Affairs
Welcome Address by Prof. (Dr) P.B. Sharma,Vice Chancellor, Amity University Gurugram
Words of Wisdom by Dr. Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University

10:10-10:15 am IST // 12:40-12:45 am ET
Felicitation Ceremony and Presentation of Virtual Citation to Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, HBS; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University 

10:15-10:55 am IST // 12:45-1:25 am ET
Special Session: “Cultivating Trust Can Unlock India’s Potential” by Prof. (Dr.) Tarun Khanna

10:55-11:00 am IST // 1:25-1:30 am ET                
Celebrating Three Years of Publication of the Book: Trust: Creating the Foundation for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries, authored by Prof (Dr.) Tarun Khanna 

11:00-11:20 am IST // 1:30-1:50 am ET
Q&A interaction followed by Vote of Thanks by Prof. (Dr) Gunjan M Sanjeev

Border Conflicts in the Himalayas: Bhutan, Nepal, India, and China

Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 09:00am

Wed, Apr 28, 2021


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An Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series


Sudha Ramachandran, Independent Journalist; Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

Bhaskar Koirala, Director, Nepal Institute of Strategic and International Studies

Xiaoyu Pu, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno; Public Intellectuals Program Fellow, National Committee on United States-China Relations; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C

Frank O’Donnell, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Rising Power Alliances Project, Fletcher School, Tufts University; Nonresident Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center


Arunabh Ghosh, Associate Professor of History, Harvard University

Bhaskar Koirala is the founder and director of the Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies, which convened the first-ever China-India-Nepal trilateral meeting in 2013. Currently in the doctoral program at the School of International Studies, Peking University, he received his MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and BA (distinction), Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Sudha Ramachandran is an independent journalist based in Bengaluru, India. She writes on South Asian political and security issues and has closely followed developments in the region’s conflict zones. She is an adjunct faculty at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. Sudha has a doctoral degree from the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

Frank O’Donnell is a postdoctoral scholar in the Rising Power Alliances Project in the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Nonresident Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. He was previously a Stanton Junior Faculty Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research specializes in South Asian deterrence and security issues.

Xiaoyu Pu is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a non-resident senior fellow with the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Pu received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China, the World Program at Princeton University, and Stanton Fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil.

Arunabh Ghosh is a historian of modern China, with research and teaching interests in social and economic history, history of science and statecraft, transnational history, and China-India history. Trained at Haverford College and Tsinghua and Columbia universities, Ghosh joined the History Department in 2015 from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, where he was an Academy Scholar for the 2014-15 AY.

Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, and Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.

India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present

Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 10:00am

Tue, Apr 13, 2021


Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project, the Center for Public Leadership, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University for a conversation with Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Advisor and Foreign Secretary of India, about his new book on India’s foreign policy entitled India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present. Mr. Menon will discuss India’s historical responses to the rise of China, in addition to other regional powers as well as analyze how India’s policies are likely to evolve in the future to address current and new challenges. Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.

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Mr Shivshankar Menon is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington.

Mr Menon served as national security advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014 and as Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009. A career diplomat, he has served as Ambassador or High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-1997), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003), and Pakistan (2003-2006). He was a member of India’s Atomic Energy Commission from 2008-2014. Mr Menon has also served in India’s missions to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and in the Department of Atomic Energy in Mumbai.

Mr Menon has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT and Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard University in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Studies Institute in New York.

In 2010, Mr Menon was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 Global Thinkers.

Mr Menon studied at the Scindia School, Gwalior and St. Stephens College, Delhi University, where he studied ancient Indian history and Chinese.


India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present

A clear-eyed look at modern India’s role in Asia’s and the broader world

One of India’s most distinguished foreign policy thinkers addresses the many questions facing India as it seeks to find its way in the increasingly complex world of Asian geopolitics. A former Indian foreign secretary and national security adviser, Shivshankar Menon traces India’s approach to the shifting regional landscape since its independence in 1947. From its leading role in the “nonaligned” movement during the cold war to its current status as a perceived counterweight to China, India often has been an after-thought for global leaders—until they realize how much they needed it.

Examining India’s own policy choices throughout its history, Menon focuses in particular on India’s responses to the rise of China, as well as other regional powers. Menon also looks to the future and analyzes how India’s policies are likely to evolve in response to current and new challenges.

As India grows economically and gains new stature across the globe, both its domestic preoccupations and international choices become more significant. India itself will become more affected by what happens in the world around it. Menon makes a powerful geopolitical case for an India increasingly and positively engaged in Asia and the broader world in pursuit of a pluralistic, open, and inclusive world order.

25th Annual Harvard India Poetry Meeting

Sun, May 16, 2021 at 10:00am

Sun, May 16, 2021


The theme for this year’s India Poetry Reading is “Mother Nature.” This annual event celebrates India’s contribution to the field of literature and invites local poets to recite original compositions in the language of their choosing.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University and South Asian Poets of New England. This year, the event will be presented virtually.

Please contact Bijoy Misra (bmisra@fas.harvard.edu) or Chandu Shah (bostonwale@gmail.com) for more information and the Zoom link for this session.

Innovating in the Health Sector in India

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 10:00am

Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 11:15am


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Stream via Youtube: https://youtu.be/CRXxXg7o6MA 


7:30–8:45 PM IST // 10:00 AM–11:15 AM EDT 
Over the past three years, the Mittal Institute, in partnership with the Tata Trusts, has been conducting research into innovations in healthcare in India. These innovations are focused on expanding access to care, widening the range of services offered, and re-imagining the mode of healthcare delivery. Join us for a discussion on this research. Panelists will speak about innovating in the public health sector, translating health research into practice, and the challenges of creating an enabling environment for these innovations to thrive.
Welcome Remarks by Manoj Kumar, Founder, Social Alpha and Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts
  • Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Satchit Balsari, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anant Bhan, Bhopal Hub Head, Sangath
  • Pawan Sinha, Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rajani Ved, Former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre

Advancing Justice: Responses to Anti-Asian Racism in the U.S.

Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 04:00pm

Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 05:30pm


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Han Lu, Senior Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project
christina ong, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh
Elena Shih, Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University



Vivian Shaw, College Fellow, Department of Sociology, Harvard University; Co-Principal Investigator, AAPI COVID-19 Project


Han Lu’s work at the National Employment Law Project focuses on how inequalities of nationhood, carceral punishment, and the workplace shape one another. Prior to his work at NELP, Han was a line defender at the Orleans Public Defenders. He is a first-generation college graduate. Prior to law school, Han worked as a defense investigator for the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the juvenile public defender in his hometown of New Orleans.

christina ong is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh studying the development of Asian America in the 1960s-1980s through an in-depth case study of New York City’s the Basement Workshop. She also serves as the Project Manager and Qualitative Committee Co-Lead for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multidisciplinary mixed-methods study on how COVID-19 is impacting AAPI lives in the United States. Her research interests span topics related to diaspora, racial justice, and transnational feminisms.

Vivian Shaw is a College Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and the Lead Researcher (co-PI) for the AAPI COVID-19 Project, a multi-method investigation into the impacts of the pandemic on the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin with graduate portfolios in Asian American Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. From 2018-2019, Vivian was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Center for International Relations’ Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, also at Harvard.

Elena Shih is the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, where she directs a human trafficking research cluster through Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Shih’s book project, “Manufacturing Freedom: Trafficking Rescue, Rehabilitation, and the Slave Free Good” (under contract with University of California Press), is a global ethnography of the transnational social movement to combat human trafficking in China, Thailand, and the United States. Shih is an outreach organizer with Red Canary Song, a grassroots coalition of massage workers, sex workers, and allies in New York City.

Co-sponsors: Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights​, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Korea Institute, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

“Practically No Habitation”: The Yanadi Community and the Colonial Violence of Spaceflight

Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:00pm

Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 01:15pm


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SPEAKER: Asif Siddiqi, Professor of History, Fordham University

The Indian state’s broken pacts with Indigenous communities, the so-called ‘scheduled tribes’ or Adivasi, resulted in massive displacements in the name of environmental, territorial, and infrastructural sovereignty, yet none have given rise to such troubling paradoxes as those implemented to build rocket launch sites. To make way for a new space center in Andhra Pradesh, in 1970, the government of India forcibly removed and resettled a large population of Yanadi people. More than fifty years later, the profound and permanent disruptions caused by this dislocation continue to reverberate in the deep social and economic precarity of the Yanadi. I recover this story as a starting point to highlight two broader intersecting frames. The first positions India’s emergent technoscientific projects in the decades after independence as reproducing certain forms of violence redolent of colonial science. The second finds echoes of such violence in infrastructural entanglements across the world in places like Algeria, Kenya, California, Kazakhstan, the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and elsewhere. I argue that the violence of displacement, dislocation, and damage, accompanied by local resistance, were not appendices to the long history of spaceflight but fundamental to it, as space activities unfolded through deeply colonial-minded practices. Moreover, I argue that such initiatives functioned squarely within the modernist aspirations of individual states, the international scientific community, and often, ordinary people, activated by the desires and promise that space exploration invoked.

Asif Siddiqi is Professor of History at Fordham University, where he works on the global history of science and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Science and Technology in Asia Seminar Series is sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center and convened by Victor Seow, Assistant Professor of History of Science.

A Strong Handoff in U.S.-India Relations

Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 10:30am

Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 11:45am


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Please join the Future of Diplomacy Project for a conversation with Kenneth I. Juster, former U.S. Ambassador to India and HKS alumnus, about the U.S.-India relationship.

Ambassador Juster will discuss major achievements in the U.S.-India partnership in the areas of diplomacy, defense, economic relations, energy, and health over the past four years as well as issues on the horizon such as the rise of China and trade policy. Dean of Harvard Kennedy School, Doug Elmendorf, will introduce Ambassador Juster, and Faculty Chair, Nicholas Burns will moderate this discussion.

Please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Visit the Future of Diplomacy Project website for full event details. 

B4 Webinar: Building Bharat Boston Biosciences

Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 09:00am

Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:00am


9:00 – 9:45 am EST // 6:30 – 7:15 pm IST


  • Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University


  • Venkatesh Murthy, Raymond Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology; Director Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

Q&A moderated by Professor Tarun Khanna

9:50 – 11:00 am EST // 7:20 – 8:30 pm IST (Panel discussion + Q&A)


  • Philippe Cluzel, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • Parvathi Sreekumar, B4 Fellow’17; Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Physiology, College of Horticulture, Vellanikkara, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India
  • Ramya Purkanti, B4 Fellow ’17; Post-doctoral Fellow with Dr. Nadine Vastenhouw, The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
  • Ajay Labade, B4 Fellow ’21; Postdoctoral Fellow, Buenrostro Lab, Harvard University

Discussion moderated by Professor Venkatesh Murthy

The Building Bharat Boston Biosciences (B4) Program is a collaboration between The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University, Harvard Global Research Support Centre India, IBAB, and IISER, and funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

Modernizing Asia’s Countryside

Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 09:00am

Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 11:00am


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The Harvard-Yenching Institute’s Annual Roundtable

  • Han Do-Hyun, Professor of Sociology, Academy of Korean Studies
  • Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham, Director, Cultural Studies Institute, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
  • Nishikawa Kunio, College of Agriculture, Ibaraki University
  • Mini Sukumar, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Calicut
  • Wen Tiejun, Professor and Director of the Centre of Rural Reconstruction, Renmin University of China
  • Elizabeth J. Perry, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government; Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

This interdisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars from China, India, Japan, Korea and Vietnam will explore the record of successful and unsuccessful efforts at rural development in their own countries. Why have some programs succeeded in increasing productivity, improving infrastructure and public services, alleviating poverty, and ameliorating social and economic inequality, whereas others proved much less successful? What have Asian countries learned from these achievements and shortcomings? And, based on that knowledge, what lies ahead for 21st-century Asian villages?

Co-sponsored with the Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Korea Institute, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

The Future of Green India: Energy and Climate Change

Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 10:00am

Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 11:15am


Green India Poster

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Stream via YouTube: https://youtu.be/K6XkLltYIAQ
  • Mahua Acharya, CEO, Convergence Energy Services Ltd. India
  • Abhishek Malhotra, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Narasimha Rao, Associate Professor of the Environment, Yale School of the Environment
Chaired by
  • Henry Lee, Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

India is a vital player in global efforts to deploy clean energy and address climate change – while at the same time widening energy access and fostering economic growth. Expert speakers will consider India’s energy transition and approaches to climate-change policy – both domestically and in collaboration with the global community.

This event is organized and sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard University; Harvard University Center for the Environment; Harvard Project on Climate Agreements; and the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School. The Harvard Global Institute provided generous support for this event.

Tea War: A History of Capitalism in China and India

Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 04:00pm

Tue, Mar 2, 2021 at 05:00pm


Registration required for this event: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ANpdh_VUTvKvpvWk4AbGGA

Speaker: Andrew B. Liu, Assistant Professor of History, Villanova University

Tea remains the world’s most popular commercial drink today, and at the turn of the twentieth century, it represented the largest export industry of both China and colonial India. In analyzing the global competition between Chinese and Indian tea, Andrew B. Liu challenges past economic histories premised on the technical “divergence” between the West and the Rest, arguing instead that seemingly traditional technologies and practices were central to modern capital accumulation across Asia. He shows how competitive pressures compelled Chinese merchants to adopt abstract industrial conceptions of time, while colonial planters in India pushed for labor indenture laws to support factory-style tea plantations. Characterizations of China and India as premodern backwaters, he explains, were themselves the historical result of new notions of political economy adopted by Chinese and Indian nationalists, who discovered that these abstract ideas corresponded to concrete social changes in their local surroundings. Together, these stories point toward a more flexible and globally oriented conceptualization of the history of capitalism in China and India.

Andrew B. Liu is assistant professor of history at Villanova University, where his research focuses on China, transnational Asia, political economy, and comparative history.

This event is hosted by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and co-sponsored by The Mittal Institute and The Joint Center for History and Economics, Harvard University.