What is next on the agenda for India? Read what Jaganath Sankaran, a postdoctoral research associate at the National Security Education Center at Los Alamos National Laboratories say about the future of India’s space program.
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Sukhadeo Thorat, Professor of Economics, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Chair: Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Affiliated Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Design, International Coordinator, WIEGO Network
Jennifer Leaning, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer, Harvard Law School; University Adviser on Human Rights Education; Director of Research, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights
Sharlene Swartz, Visiting Fellow, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Right; Research Director, Human and Social Development, Human Sciences Research Council; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town
Brian Heilman, Gender and Evaluation Specialist at the International Center for Research on Women.
Cosponsored by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB), Harvard School of Public Health, and Academic Ventures, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
SAI Education Seminar
Tara Beteille, World Bank
Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
This paper provides a detailed account of how the system of teacher transfers operates in large parts of India. It presents evidence to suggest that teacher transfers form the bedrock of a patronage-based low-accountability school system. Politicians need teachers because teachers are politically powerful and can convincingly threaten them with electoral sabotage. This deters politicians from adopting strict teacher accountability policies. Knowing how powerful teachers can be in the collective, politicians attempt to control the behavior of individual teachers through patronage-based transfers. But reality is not as neat and clean, and it is difficult to point fingers at specific politicians, else the task of accountability might have been easier. This happens because of the profusion of middlemen, who promise to connect teachers to politicians. Middlemen sometimes fabricate instances of bribery, preying on informational asymmetries and an institutionalized belief in corruption. They generate a system of beliefs regarding corruption in transfers that becomes self-fulfilling. Grim as the situation may appear, the paper offers hope based upon the recent experience of two states in India.
Cosponsored with the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Pakistani Film Festival
Cosponsored by the Brown University India Initiative
Fri Oct 31: Hallow’s Eve: Chainsaw Spatter
6:00 pm Zibaah Khana (77minutes)
Sat Nov 1: Saint’s Day: Directors in Conversation
11:20 am A Brief History of Pakistani Cinema
Lecture by Iftikhar Dadi
12:00 pm Josh (104 minutes)
2:00 pm Q+A with Josh Director, Iram Parveen Bilal
3:00 pm Lunch
4:15 pm Zinda Bhaag (120 minutes)
6:30 pm Q+A with Zinda Bhaag Director Meenu Gaur &
Producer Mazhar Zaidi
7:30 pm Reception
Sun Nov 2: Bloody Sunday: Contexts of War
10:00 am Panel Discussion: Bollywood and Hollywood; Betwixt & Beyond
Ramyar Rossoukh, Richard Delacy, Kamran Ali
11:30 am Waar (140 min)
2:00 pm Discussion on Waar
3:30 pm Roundtable Screen Stories & the Lives of Others
There will be a free shuttle from Harvard Square. to Brown on Nov1st.
Join the Facebook event for more information.
SAI Community Event
An evening with:
Folk Minstrel Paban Das Baul; Poet and songwriter Prthwiraj Choudhury; Author Mimlu Sen; and Music producer Dipankar Jojo Chaki
‘Music Stories of Bengal’ is an experiment in bringing live Bengali music of various genres together. This Project is the brainchild of Dipankar Jojo Chaki, Indian National Award Winning Music Producer.
Paban is a world famous Indian folk singer based in Paris. Paban belongs to the ‘Baul’ tradition of Indian folk singers. He collaborates with musicians from around the world and has developed a new genre of Baul music called ‘Afro-Baul’. His most popular album was titled ‘Real Sugar’ and was launched by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in London. He has performed in venues around the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival and the ‘Nine Lives’ Concert, 2009 in London, of William Dalrymple. He has contributed to several film soundtracks including the popular song ‘Shundori Komola’ from the film Shukno Lonka.
Prithwiraj Choudhury is a Harvard Professor and singer/songwriter/poet. He has published four books of poetry, most recently the book ‘Kotha Com’ published by Signet Press (Ananda Publishers).
Mimlu Sen is the author of the book ‘Baulsphere’ that documents the lives of the Baul musicians. While living in France, Mimlu Sen witnessed a performance by the Bauls, a group of wandering mystic-minstrels from West Bengal. Captivated by the music and by one of the musicians in particular, she returned to the country of her childhood: “yearning for the deep familiar breath of India”.
Tickets will be sold for $10 at the event, and can also be reserved ahead of time by calling Mandrita at 203-524-7658.
Free parking at 52 Oxford Street.
South Asia Without Borders Seminar
Vyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Chair: Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor, Social Anthropology Program, Harvard University
Cosponsored by the Harvard University Social Anthropology Colloquium
SAI Mahindra Lecture
Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India; Co-founder of Infosys; Author of ‘Imagining India’
Reception to follow.
SAI Book Talk
Rohini Mohan, Author
V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan, Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Author of Hippocrates: A Novel
Chair: Charles Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures, Harvard Divinity School
On November 3, join SAI for its annual Manhindra Lecture with Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India.
Join SAI for 2 events and a photo exhibition with Indian photojournalist Pablo Bartholomew, who will be at Harvard as part of SAI’s Arts Initiative, on Nov. 4 and 5, 2014.
The SAI Research Affiliates Program supports researchers and faculty each year at Harvard whose area of interest is South Asia.
The Harvard South Asia Institute is thrilled to hear the news that Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 for their incredible efforts in improving the lives of children worldwide.
Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics co-sponsored by the Watson Institute at Brown University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the MIT Center for International Studies.
The Inaugural Summit in 2010 drew more than 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni—from seven decades, multiple continents and all of Harvard’s schools—for a weekend ofnew connections, new ideas and fun. Register for the 2014 Summit now before events sell out, as they did last time!
The Office of International Education is now accepting submissions from undergraduates for the 11th Annual International Photo Contest.Submission deadline: November 1, 2014.
The South Asia Institute was feature in a story in the Harvard Gazette, published on March 14, 2014. The story profiles SAI’s growing involvement in Pakistan, and the Contemporary South Asian City Conference in Karachi in January.
SAI is excited to welcome six additional members to its Steering Committee, joining the 13 current members who provide guidance and advisement to SAI. The new members represent schools from across the university.