SEPT 22, 2017
Mon, Sept 25, 5.30-6.45pm

The seminar will discuss the reasons for making the Aadhaar card mandatory in India and its implications for 1.2 billion people.
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Partition stories wanted
Book talk: Friday, Sept 22, 6-7.30pm

An Asia Center Fellows Seminar, co-sponsored with SAI, with  Dr. Arjun Subramaniam (Asia Center Fellow; Faculty Member, National Defence College, New Delhi; Air Vice Marshal, Indian Air Force) and d iscussant Sugata Bose (Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University).
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Monday, Sept 25, 3.30-5pm

This fascinating series begins with  Kellee Tsai, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, on "Co-ethnic Capital in Coastal China and India: The Developmental Diasporas of Guangdong and Kerala."
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Book talk: Thursday, Sept 28, 12-1pm

Speakers:  David B. Wilkins,  Harvard Law School;  Vikramaditya S. Khanna, University of Michigan School of Law School. 

Commentator:  Tarun Khanna , Harvard Business School
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Aug 21 - Oct 6, Gund Hall, Harvard

Professor Rahul Mehrotra of the Harvard Graduate School of Design curates an exhibition about  the compulsive drive of his practice in Mumbai to construct soft thresholds -  through research, engagement with the city, and making of architecture.
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Exhibition: Aug 26-Jan 7

Drawn from the Harvard Art Museums' renowned South Asian art collection, this installation complements an  undergraduate course  exploring images of women in South Asian art.
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Winter Session deadline: October 15, 2017
Summer Session deadline: February 15, 2018

We are offering  internship grants to Harvard students who want to spend summer or winter working on South Asia-related projects.
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SAI seeks work-study interns
Email resume to

We are looking for two Harvard students: one to assist SAI with communications and outreach for its events, and another student to assist with SAI programs such as student grants, seminars, conferences, etc.

Meet Our Growers

We are collecting stories, reflections, memories and experiences of Partition, to feed into our major research project about this landmark historical event. 
Share your story here

The complete set of podcasts, recorded during our special seminar series in spring, is now available to stream and download. In each episode, a leading scholar explores key aspects of this landmark historical event. 
HLS  workshop on law and colonialism
Thursdays, 3pm-4.30pm (Sept 28-Nov 16)

The relationship between law and empire has been a fraught one and the subject of intense academic scrutiny. In this workshop, we will explore various strands in the literature by examining the role of law in the context of the British Empire. Please email Priyasha Saksena ( for further information.

Deadline: Oct 20, 2017 

We support recent PhDs, those in the final stages of their PhDs, and advanced professional degree holders in areas related to Pakistan, particularly in science and development.
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The Lancet

Dr Satchit Balsari, Harvard University, has co-written a piece about t he demand for trained allopathic physicians, and institutions responding by recruiting graduates from India's traditional streams of medicine.
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"Now we have a tit-for-tat democracy"
Interview: Homi K. Bhabha

Harvard's Professor Homi K. Bhabha, a member of the SAI's Steering Committee, talks to  The Hindu about the "criminalisation of dissent" at universities in India.
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GSAS Research Workshop

A new forum for critically synthesizing works on border making and border crossing in terrestrial and maritime Asia. Throughout the year, the program will host a range of graduate students and senior scholars whose work address this theme. Graduate Students interested in presenting papers over the 2017-18 session should contact Aniket De (
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