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Mission

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events


Tue, October 17, 2017 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S030

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.

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Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 12:00pm

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Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 02:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Fri, October 20, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  Tozzer 203

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.

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Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 05:30pm

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Sun, October 22, 2017 - Sat, October 28, 2017

WorldWide Week at Harvard

World Wide Week at Harvard
Presented by the Asia-Related Centers at Harvard University
October 22 – 28, 2017

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Sun, Oct 22, 2017

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Sat, Oct 28, 2017

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Mon, October 23, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:15pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Artist Talk: In Silence, The Secret Speaks

Engaging with a wide circuit of references like religious iconography, world mythology, philosophical and literature, Seema Kohli weaves together a story to recover the lost feminine narrative in cultural history in her work. Appropriating ancient Indian iconography and philosophy, she chronicles ancient myths and mythological figures to explore the relationship of the self with the spiritual cosmos.

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Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 04:00pm

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Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 05:15pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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News


Mittal family donates $25m to SAI

Lakshmi Mittal and his family have announced a $25 million gift to establish an endowed fund for this institute. In recognition of their generosity, the center will be renamed the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University.

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Crossroads Summer Program 2017

Fifty driven, accomplished students from eleven countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East formed the inaugural cohort of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Crossroads Summer Program.

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Partition: The SAI Podcast

Partition is one of the defining events of the modern era and on its 70th anniversary, leading scholars explore and analyze its continuing impact in our special series of podcasts.

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