Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar
Chair: Dr. Naseem Hines
Cosponsored with the Harvard Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program and Pakistan American Democratic Forum (PADF) Literary Circle
Schedule and Speakers:
First Session: 2:30 pm -3:30 pm
Opening Remarks: Dr Naseem Hines
Intizar Hussain: Contemporary World Class Urdu Fiction
Dr Razia Mushkoor
The Worldview of Intizar Hussain
Dr Agha Saeed
Best of Intizar Hussain by Intizar Hussain – Video / Skype
Second Session: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Urdu Poetry – 1: 3:30 pm-4:00 pm
Habib Jalib: The Poet of Many Epochs
Nazir Qaiser, Hafizullah Khan Niazi
The Best of Habib Jalib
Rendition by Tahira Habib Jalib – Skype
Urdu Poetry – 2: 4:00 pm -4:30 pm
Nazir Qaiser: The Aesthetic Poet of Contemporary Pakistan
Hafizullah Khan Niazi
Aesthetic Inheritor of Munir Niazi and Nasir Kazmi
Dr. Agha Saeed
Best of Nazir Qaiser by Nazir Qaiser
Third Session: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Social Ethics of Dr Yaqub Mirza
Dr Agha Saeed
Essentials of “The Five Pillars of Prosperity”
Dr Yaqub Mirza
Astu, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, and starring Dr. Mohan Agashe, focuses on a retired Sanskrit professor who suffers from Alzheimer’s and goes missing while travelling with his daughter.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Dr. Mohan Agashe, actor, psychiatrist, and consultant in mental health
Professor Arthur Kleinman, Director of the Harvard Asia Center; Professor of Anthropology, Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology
Professor Diana Eck, Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard University
Dr. Ruth Barron, Cambridge Health Alliance and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Cosponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center
This is an orientation for students who are traveling to South Asia in summer 2015, and will include travel tips and logistics, health and safety information, cultural introduction, and will provide an opportunity to meet other students who will be in the region. Food will be served!
All Harvard Students traveling to South Asia in the summer are welcome. Please RSVP to Nora Maginn, firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join.
Ambassador Husain Haqqani examines the tenuous relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan in a seminar co-sponsored by the India and South Asia Program.
A Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. His distinguished career in government includes serving as an advisor to four Pakistani Prime ministers, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. He also served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka in 1992-93.
Ambassador Haqqani’s 2005 book “Pakistan Between Mosque and Military” has been praised in major international journals and newspapers as a path-breaking book on Pakistan’s political history. The book received favorable reviews in Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and academic journals and has sold more copies than any other academic book on Pakistan in the last decade.
Ambassador Haqqani is the Director of the Center of International Relations, and a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Boston University. His specializations include: Diplomacy, Muslim Political Movements, International Journalism, Intercultural Relations, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle-East, and U.S.-Pakistan Relations.
Cosponsored with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 08:30am
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 10:00am
Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor Taubman Building, 79 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
SAI South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Chandan Gowda, Professor of Sociology, Azim Premji University
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
Kuvempu (1904-1994), the famous Kannada literary figure, observed, “The Veda is an unfinished book.” Influenced by the vedantic thought of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, and Sri Aurobindo, Kuvempu did not consider the Vedas and the Upanishads as texts of Brahminical orthodoxy; instead, for him, they constituted India’s common spiritual heritage that both provided moral guidance and allowed for their own renewal in relation to contemporary politics. Kuvempu’s critiques of caste and religious orthodoxy were inseparable from his concerns with reconstructing the “Bharatiya” philosophical heritage. This paper reconstructs Kuvempu’s ethics of self-making and their epistemic and social significance through an examination of his ideal of Vishvamanava (“Universal Human”) and its embodiment in a few of his writings and in Mantra Mangalya, a new form of marriage that he introduced in 1966.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India
Chair: Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
SAI Book Talk
Prashant Jha, Associate Editor, Hindustan Times.
Chair: Madhav Khosla, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Theory, Department of Government, Harvard University
Lunch will be served.
Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Chair: Tarun Khanna, Director, South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia is a renowned Indian economist, with wide experience in the fields of economic growth, productivity, industrial and trade policy reforms, and urban planning and development. She is currently Chairperson on the Board of Governors for the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), a leading think-tank based in New Delhi engaged in policy oriented research. At ICRIER, Dr Ahluwalia is leading a major research and capacity building programme on the challenges of urbanisation in India. She was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in the year 2009 for her services in the field of education and literature.
Harvard for Nepal is a university-wide initiative that aims to unite Harvard in response to the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.
View the digital version of SAI’s Year In Review publication, a compilation of all of SAI’s activities for the academic year.
The Future of Diplomacy Project, in partnership with SAI, will be hosting its annual South Asia Week, beginning Friday, April, 24, featuring an impressive array of regional practitioners and experts on India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Congratulations to David Bloom, SAI Steering Committee member, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was named one of 32 inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellows.
SAI has awarded 35 grants for 2015 summer and research, internship, and language study in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
The Research Project on the Ephemeral City, lead by professor Rahul Mehrotra, GSD, has been engaged in documenting and systematically compiling different forms of temporary urbanism in South Asia, Latin America and worldwide.
In a SAI Urbanization seminar on March 31, Maristella Casciato, Canadian Centre for Architecture, discussed the challenges of postcolonialism for cities in South Asia.
Khanna wins for for “Contextual Intelligence,” an article about managerial knowledge.
The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral MEGACITY book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.
The 2015 Annual Symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners for a series of workshops on SAI’s ongoing research projects and see the launch of an exhibit and book on Mapping the Ephemeral City: Kumbh Mela 2013.
As a Senior Visiting Fellow, Dilip will focus on how migration, remittances, and diaspora investments can be harnessed for the development of nations.
On March 10, the Harvard Alumni Group of Nepal held a talk in Kathmandu with Dr. Swarnim Wagle, HKS alum and Member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal.
In an interview with SAI, Jahangir discusses women’s empowerment, freedom of expression, and Pakistan’s complicated political relationships with India and the US. Jahangir delivered the Asia Center’s Tsai Lecture on Mar. 4
The Murty Classical Library of India hopes to introduce a vast corpus of literature, thought, and science to fresh audiences across the world. “It’s completely transformative,” said Parimal Patil, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies and SAI Steering Committee member.
“We are leveraging the power of the American consumer economy to increase stability in Afghanistan,” says Keith Alaniz, a US Army veteran, who co-founded Rumi Spice with several HBS alums.
SAI GSA Lydia Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of History, talks about her dissertation, a connective project that looks at decolonization in the early 1960s.
Read highlights from SAI’s roundtable discussion in the Bay Area on India’s healthcare system organized in collaboration with USAID and the South Asian Healthcare Leadership Forum.
The processes of urbanization, globalization, and climate change have made traditional methods of waste management difficult for the Maldives. In this podcast, SAI talks with Krishna Matturi, recent GSD graduate, about the country’s “unique culture of waste” and its possible solutions.
On Feb. 10, the Harvard Club of Nepal (HCN) hosted an event in Kathmandu with two newspaper editors who discussed the current political situation in the country and the role that media could play in resolving the chaos of constitution-making. The HCN, a group of Harvard alumni, has recently been reactivated.
The program, located in India in summer 2015, provides Harvard undergraduates an opportunity to examine the use of mobile technology in to deliver services in the areas of education, health, agriculture, and banking. Deadline to apply: Monday, February 28, 2015 (new deadline).
Congratulations to Gillian Slee, Harvard College ’16, and Sara Melissa Theiss, Harvard College ’15, who were chosen by SAI as winners for the Office of International Education’s Annual International Photo Contest.
The goal of the Murty Classical Library of India is to present the greatest literary works of India from the past two millennia to readers all over the world.
Here is a look back at SAI’s most-viewed news articles from last semester.
In an op-ed for The Boston Globe, SAI Steering Committee member Nicholas Burns, HKS, explains how President Obama’s visit to India for Republic Day is an important symbolic gesture that may kickstart the revival both countries have been looking for.
“More than the political aspect, it is understanding how women cope with the phenomenon of disappearances that appealed to me as a filmmaker,” says director Nilosree Biswas in an interview with SAI on the unique culture of Kashmir.
In SAI’s second annual publication, The City and South Asia, experts from a variety of fields, at both Harvard and elsewhere, have come together to hold up a cross-disciplinary lens to urban centers in South Asia.
Harvard University will offer many courses with South Asia related content in the spring 2015 semester.
“If yesterday’s events urged participants to immerse themselves in the world of ideas, today’s panelists gave us diverse and exceptional examples of how to apply these ideas in practice,” writes Zeenia Framroze, Harvard College ’15, about the conference.
On January 9, 2015, SAI co-hosted a day-long seminar on “Addressing Gender Norms through Education: Developing and Implementing Adolescent Curriculum” in New Delhi.
SAI recently talked to Namrata Narain, Harvard College ’15, one of the organizers of the Harvard US-India Initiative’s (HUII) Annual Conference, to learn more about how HUII is working to increase discussions on important issues by connecting young academic communities in India and the US.
In 2014, SAI awarded 46 grants to students to do a variety internships and research projects in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Read first-hand experiences from students in SAI’s Grant Report.
SAI’s blog welcomes submissions from Harvard students, faculty, alumni, and affiliates on an array of topics pertaining to South Asia.
“This is a day of deep reflection. War strategy against extremists, whether through drone strikes or carpet-bombing, must factor in the lives of children beyond collateral damage and prepare especially to protect the most vulnerable in society on both sides.”
In a SAI Book Talk on Dec. 3, renowned Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University, spoke about her new book and highlighted the need for a comprehensive historical interpretation of Pakistan’s narrative and encouraged members of the audience to view the history of the country through a geopolitical lens rather than a religious one.
The South Asia Institute offers several opportunities for scholars and practitioners to continue their research at Harvard University in Cambridge. Deadline to apply: January 15, 2015 for Academic Year 2015-2016.
SAI has awarded 18 grants to support undergraduate and graduate student projects over the Winter Session in January, 2015. These include 6 undergraduates and 12 graduate students who will be traveling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka for research and internships.
A Harvard Gazette article looks at SAI Director Tarun Khanna’s Gen Ed course, which spans disciplines to address social, economic challenges in South Asia.