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Mission

The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University (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


Fri, February 23, 2018 at 02:00pm  /  Watson Institute at Brown University

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics Series: Is Nationalism a Democratic Resource? Evidence from India and Malaysia

As part of the Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics series, Dr. Maya Tudor will use evidence from India and Malaysia to discuss the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

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Watson Institute at Brown University

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Watson Institute at Brown University, 111 Thayer Street Providence, RI

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Fri, March 2, 2018 from 02:00pm - 05:00pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Client Preferences in Broker Selection: Competition, Choice, and Informal Leadership in India’s Urban Slums

Professor Adam Auerbach’s (American University) research and teaching interests include the political economy of development, local governance and representation, and comparative political institutions, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular.

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Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 02:00pm

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Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 05:00pm

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CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

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1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

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Fri, March 9, 2018 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Arts Initiative with Doris Sommer: Pre-Texts

Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Possible through the generosity of the Asia Center

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Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00pm

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Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 02:00pm

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CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

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1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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News


Remembering Asma Jahangir: “Pakistan’s Conscience”

“I remember first seeing her when I was a freshman at Kinnaird College, an all-women institution in Lahore, Pakistan. I sat at the very back of a large hall packed with young women waiting to hear the great Asma Jahangir speak. We sat in awe of her bravery and most of us were also afraid for her life.”

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SAI and Tata Trusts Begin Social Enterprise Partnership in India

A wide range of India-focused research, innovation and social entrepreneurship projects are under way, led by leading Harvard University scholars and academic colleagues from two other world-class educational institutions: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in an unprecedented collaboration with Tata Trusts, one of India’s largest and most important philanthropic organizations.

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Student Voices: Education in Maharashtra and Gujarat

This vlog is part of a series of reports from Harvard students who have traveled to South Asia with support from an SAI grant. This Winter Session, Cole Scanlon traveled to India to conduct fieldwork for his thesis which will include a cross-country comparison of school leaders in India and the USA. 

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The Challenges of Using Wastewater to Grow Crops in India

“The first step in making wastewater ‘safe’ is education through scientifically sound studies from reputable sources that prove that wastewater irrigation is not a health hazard. In fact, municipal wastewater is replete with nutrients.” – SAI Research Affiliate and MIT SPURS Fellow, Alka Palrecha Rawal

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Organizers Discuss India Conference 2018

SAI is one of the partners of the student-run India Conference. Three of the organizers spoke to us about their involvement with the conference and this year’s theme of “Disruptive Innovations.”

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Seed for Change Winning Project Update

Sutopa Dasgupta is part of Sakhi, the team that won SAI’s 2017 Seed For Change competition. She spoke to SAI to update us on the status of Sakhi’s project – the development of high-quality, affordable, and environmentally safe menstrual cups for people in India.

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SAI Welcomes New Assistant Director Abanish Rizal

Over the past decade, Abanish has worked within the intersection of development, public health, higher education and South Asia, so he brings a wealth of knowledge to SAI. Given his background in research and passion for public health, Abanish is particularly interested in translational research carried out in the field.

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