Chair: Shankar Ramaswami, Lecturer on South Asian Studies, Harvard University
147 workers of India’s largest automobile manufacturing company Maruti Suzuki are on trial for the murder of a senior manager and 2500 workers dismissed. It has been two and a half years and the case drags on. Their bail application has been rejected by the courts. On each hearing they are led to the courtroom by the police while families line up to catch a glimpse. Defence lawyers plan their strategy in the court canteen. Justice seems a dim hope. The film (120 min, 2015) follows the fate of the under trial workers, families and terminated workers to investigate the underbelly of industrial conflict and the elusive nature of justice.
Geeta Aiyer, Founder, Direct Action for Women Now Worldwide (DAWN)
Elora Halim Chowdhury, Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, U-Mass Boston
Beena Sarwar,Editor, Aman ki Asha, Jang Group Pakistan; former Nieman Fellow and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Rahul Roy, Director
Chair: Parimal G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Committee on the Study of Religion, FAS, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies
In 1999 the film, When four friends meet, ends with the promise that the four young men who are the main protagonists of the film and the director will meet again in ten years. They do meet again in 2012 and the world seems to have changed in the years that have gone by. The four friends are now married, have children and entirely new ideas like the share market have made an entry into what was a working class resettlement area of Delhi. The documentary (90 min, 2013) explores through the everyday of four men the experience of a changing Delhi and how it intersects with their marriage, children, families and work. The documentary criss-crosses between 1998 and 2012 to set up a story that spans more than a decade and brings us up close to the unpredictability of life as well as continuities that belie any simple answers to the idea of the city, its working populations, change and men.
Sunder Nagri (Beautiful City) is a small working class colony on the margins of India’s capital city, Delhi. Most families residing here come from a community of weavers. The last ten years have seen a gradual disintegration of the handloom tradition of this community under the globalisation regime. Families have to cope with change as well as reinvent themselves to eke out a living. The City Beautiful (78 min, 2003) is the story of two families struggling to make sense of a world, which keeps pushing them to the margins.
Bunty, Kamal, Sanjay and Sanju, best of friends and residents of Jehangirpuri, a working class colony on the outskirts of Delhi are young and trying to make their lives in an environment which is changing rapidly… girls seem to be very bold… stable jobs are not easy to come by… sex is a strange mix of guilt and pleasure… families are claustrophobic… and the blur of television the only sounding board…
The documentary (When Four Friends, 43 min, 2000, Majma, 54 min, 2001) is part of a South Asia based project under which four films have been made in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal exploring masculinities.
This summer, SAI ran an8-week summer program in India for Harvard College students to explore the potential of mobile technology to enable economic and social mobility, which combined academic coursework and experiential learning. The program culminated in a final project, which the students will present on campus at this interactive event, with feedback from Satchit Balsari, HSPH, and Tarun Khanna, SAI, HBS.
Ruth Barron, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Chair: Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, HSPH; Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh is the worst industrial disaster of the 21st century, in which over 1100 people died and thousands more were injured. Through a series of compelling interviews with survivors of the tragedy, this moving film gives a voice to those directly affected.
Closing reception and fundraiser: Thursday, October 29, 5:00 p.m.
This exhibit is designed to raise funds for SAI’s Nepal Research and Reconstruction Fund. It provides support for projects in Nepal developed in partnership with local organizations, with a focus on Nepal’s long-term reconstruction. Visit the Harvard for Nepal website to reserve and purchase these limited edition photographs taken in Kathmandu during 2007 and 2009 or to make donation to the Fund.
Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the South Asia Institute, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Korea Institute
Over fifty Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India, to the Kumbh Mela site in 2013, to analyze issues that emerge in any large-scale human gathering. The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacitybook and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
On display at the Experimental Art Gallery from Tuesday, August 18th to Sunday, August 23rd.
Please join the Harvard University South Asia Institute for the launch of the book and exhibition Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity.
Over fifty Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India, to the Kumbh Mela site in 2013, to analyze issues that emerge in any large-scale human gathering. The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book consolidates research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. Please join Harvard faculty and Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Honorable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, at the launch event.
High tea reception followed by a panel discussion.
The exhibition will be on display following the event at the India Habitat Centre, Experimental art gallery, from August 18th to August 23rd. (Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India)