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India In-Focus

With a variety of topics ranging from science, education, and politics, to economics, arts and culture, and social entrepreneurship, this podcast offers a deep dive into both broad and niche subjects for anyone with a curiosity and desire to learn more about cutting-edge research across numerous disciplines. 

Significance of the Sikh Period

Nadhra Shahbaaz Naeem Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Professor Khan talks about the significance of the Sikh period as the last episode of centuries old indigenous art and architectural tradition before annexation of the Punjab by the British in 1849 that changed, among other things, the visual culture of the Punjab forever.

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Naoroji and the idea of 'Swaraj'

Dinyar Patel, Assistant Professor, Department of History, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research

Professor Patel talks about how Naoroji developed the idea of swaraj during his 50-year political and nationalist career, which included groundbreaking economic research on Indian poverty, engagement with emancipatory movements around the world, and becoming the first-ever Asian elected to British Parliament.

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Neuroscience and the Development of Human Sight

Pawan Sinha, Professor of Vision and Computational Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Professor Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain’s visual system develops. Professor Sinha and his team at Project Prakash provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and study how their brains learn to interpret visual data.

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Dynamics of Infrastructure Development in Northeast India

Raile Rocky Ziipao, Assistant Professor, Central University of Punjab; 2017-2018 Raghunathan Family Fellow, The Mittal Institute, Harvard University

Professor Ziipao shares his insight on the infrastructural deficit in the conflict-ridden state of Manipur. He further talks about how infrastructural development can become a means to enable trade, creating markets that dilute the boundaries between varied ethnic groups and connect people.

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Access to Quality STEM Education in Conflict-Affected Regions

Dominic Mao, Lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies (CPB/MCB), Harvard University

Dr. Mao, who received his own early education in Manipur — a state in northeast India that remains under political conflict — shares his insight on the role of cross-cultural mentorship in dispelling preconceived notions and how to open doors to new opportunities for students from these regions.

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Creating Safe Environments for Migrating Children

Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Drawing from her harm prevention research relating to child protection, Professor Bhabha argues that the state has an obligation to create a safe environment and provide for the basic needs of migrant children. She also touches on the importance of access to education in countering intolerance and exclusion in regards to her work with the Rohingya community in Bangladesh.

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