Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 05:00pm
Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:00pm
The panelists will discuss India’s recent legislation on citizenship and what it means for the nation’s future.
This event is hosted by the Harvard University Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Mittal Institute.
- Suraj Yengde, Dalit scholar, activist, and postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
- Esha Meher, Lawyer, Supreme Court of India
- Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy, Sophomore, Harvard College
- Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University
Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 05:00pm
Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 07:00pm
In South Asia, the current debate around issues of citizenship has ignited divisions and unrest; however, the roots of these issues stretch back much further. This interdisciplinary panel will explore the post-Partition history of citizenship in the region, legal and constitutional developments, and the issues at play on both sides of recent legislation and counter-movements.
- Sana Aiyar, Associate Professor of History, MIT
- Kalyani Ramnath, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University
- Sahana Ghosh, Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Brown University
- Suchitra Vijayan, Founder and Executive Director, The Polis Project
- Rohit De, Associate Professor, Yale University
Ashu Varshney gives testimony at USCIRF Hearing on Citizenship Laws and Religious Freedom
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 06:00pm
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 08:30pm
How should societies identify and promote merit? Enabling all people to fulfill their full potential and ensuring that competent and capable leaders are selected to govern are central challenges for any society. Failure to meet these challenges can have enormous costs, for individuals and for societies as a whole. The richness of China’s historical experience and its distinctive current practices offer useful tools for reflection and comparative analysis. Does the case of China offer any lessons – positive or negative – for India to consider?
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 06:00pm
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 07:30pm
India’s coal industry is highly contested today. Between the immediacy of coal shortages, the transition to renewable energy, and air pollution problems, the long history of the coal industry and India’s deep economic and social dependence on the fuel gets lost in conversation. In this talk, Rohit will give a brief historical sketch of the Indian coal industry, and discuss some of the reasons why Coal India as both a company and a developmental actor has persisted, and is likely to persist in the near future. In particular, he will discuss the political and financial adaptations of the Indian coal industry since its nationalization in the early 1970s and some of the characteristics which differentiate it from other PSUs.
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 04:30pm
Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 06:00pm
Speaker: Karthika Naïr, Author and Poet
Moderator: Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University
In Until the Lions, Karthika Naïr retells the Mahabharata through the embodied voices of women and marginal characters, so often conquered and destroyed throughout history. She captures the richness and complexity of the Mahabharata, while illuminating lives buried beneath the edifices of one of the world’s most venerated books — revealing the most intimate threads of desire, greed, and sacrifice.
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 06:00pm
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 07:30pm
Speaker: Naveen Bharathi, Mittal Institute Raghunathan Family Fellow, 2019-2020
Moderator: Sai Balakrishnan, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design
This presentation will show how residential caste-segregation is independent of city size, using the first-ever large-scale evidence of neighborhood-resolution data from 147 of the largest cities in contemporary India. Bharathi will discuss one of the central conundrums in Indian urbanism — the persistence of caste segregation across the country, and across cities of varying sizes. This finding punctures a hole in one of the central normative promises of India’s urbanization: the gradual withering of traditional caste-based segregation. The talk will provide further fine-grained evidence on the ghettoization of the most spatially marginalized groups in urban India: Muslims and Dalits.
Poster image: Photo: Mahesh Bhat from the book Bengaluru/Bangalore – In First Person Singular