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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


Developing a democratic dialogue

At SAI’s Annual Symposium on May 6, a panel discussion moderated by Homi Bhabha, with Deepa Mehta, Adil Najam, and Michael Sandel addressed questions of democracy across the world.

    “A chance of a lifetime”

    At an event on May 19 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, faculty leaders from the Kumbh Mela project shared why studying the world’s largest gathering provided so many lessons for fields such as business, public health, and urban planning.

      The nature of democracy in South Asia

      As part of SAI’s Symposium, “Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?” Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University, facilitated a discussion about the manner in which religious differences are managed within South Asia, and how democracy responds to the aspirations and needs of the poor.