SAI Event Topic : South Asia Without Borders


South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Citizenship of the Outcastes

South Asia Without Borders Seminar: Citizenship of the Outcastes
The panel will discuss conceptions of “citizenship” in India as related to caste and indigeneity. The discussion will be an opportunity to explore the ways that citizenship and belonging have been constructed through exclusion and marginalization based on social,...

South Asia Without Borders Seminar: The Silk Road to South Asia: From Mongolia to Bangladesh

South Asia Without Borders Seminar: The Silk Road to South Asia: From Mongolia to Bangladesh

Ancient records of early Buddhism, recovered from Tibet, identify five great centres of learning a thousand years after the birth of Prince Gautama Buddha. Of the five, two are amongst the four hundred Buddhist sites in Bangladesh; Somapura Mahavihara (Paharpur) and Jaggadala. These centers could not have thrived without patronage and proximity of the Silk Road which brought trade and Buddhism close together. Hasna will discuss a trip she took in 2015 and 2017 to Mongolia in search of a connection between Mongolia and India via Bangladesh. 

Student movements in India and current challenges

Student movements in India and current challenges

Shehla Rashid Shora has emerged as a prominent face of the student-youth movement in India. She was active in the movement seeking justice for Dalit research scholar, Rohith Vemula, who ended his life after facing prolonged harassment by the University of Hyderabad administration. She also led the movement for the release of JNU students, Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban who were wrongfully imprisoned following a vicious media trial.

Partition of the Punjab

Partition of the Punjab

In this talk, Ahmed will speak about the communal violence experienced during the transfer of power to Indian and Pakistani governments, specifically examining the situation which prevailed in the Punjab. Ahmed will present an analysis based on empirical evidence and a Theory of Ethnic Cleansing to shed light on how and why the Punjab was bloodied (March 1947), partitioned (End of March to 17 August 1947) and cleansed.

Coins as Historical Puzzles: Examples from Ancient India

Coins as Historical Puzzles: Examples from Ancient India

Coins are small metallic documents of the past. In the images and legends impressed upon them, they contain clues that can give us insights into the times in which they were created and used. In this talk, examples from ancient India will be used to show how the unpuzzling of these clues can help us bring back forgotten dynasties, recreate historical events and shine a light on political and economic conditions.

How $100 Smartphones are Transforming the Government in Pakistan

How $100 Smartphones are Transforming the Government in Pakistan
South Asia Without Borders Seminar Umar Saif, Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB); Vice Chancellor, ITU Chair: Karim R. Lakhani, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School Pakistan is the 6th largest country in the world...
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