December 9, 2016

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SAI News
SAI announces Raghunathan Family Fellowship 
SAI is pleased to announce the naming of the Raghunathan Family Fellowship for South Asian Studies, with generous support from Advisory Council members  Sribala and Arvind Raghunathan"South Asia is an extremely rich and diverse topic for study. Given the complexities, we need a range of talent, so that collaboration can lead to innovative ideas and solutions," says Raghunathan.
India's cash chaos
"This, in a country where  nearly half  of the population doesn't even have a bank account, and  90 percent  of transactions are made in cash. There has been utter chaos ever since," writes Hasit Shah, SAI Research Affiliate, in Slate, about the Indian government's decision to withdraw the legal status of certain cash notes.

Student voices
Teaching history through empathy
Asad Liaqat Doctoral candidate, Public Policy PhD program, Harvard Kennedy School and SAI Graduate Associate, spent the summer working with The History Project in Lahore, Pakistan. He evaluated workshops aimed at improving critical thinking and increasing empathy in schoolchildren in Pakistan and India, especially towards historical narratives.
Livelihood Creation Profile
Creating livelihoods through handloom weaving
The mission of WomenWeave, a grantee of the SAI/Tata Trusts Livelihood Creation Project, is to work towards overcoming the vulnerability of women who weave on handlooms and work towards making handloom a profitable, fulfilling, sustainable, dignified, income-earning and life-improving activity.
Upcoming SAI Events
For a full calendar, please visit our website.
Armed Politics: Violence, Order, and the State in Southern Asia
TODAY, Friday, Dec. 9, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, MIT Lucian Pye Conference Room, E40-495, 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 
Paul Staniland,  Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Cosponsored with the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Wat­son Insti­tute at Brown Uni­ver­sity, the Weath­er­head Cen­ter for Inter­na­tional Affairs, and the MIT Cen­ter for International Studies
Webinar: Home-Based Workers: Invisible and Voiceless

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30pm IST (8:00am EST)
Livelihood Creation Project Webinar
Martha Chen Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sudhaben,  Home-based worker
Moderated by Shalini Sinha, India Country Representative and Home-based Sector Specialist, WIEGO
Assessing Impact of Feed-in-Tariff on Electric Grids in Developing World: A Socio-economic Perspective
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12:00pm - 1:30pm,  CGIS South, S450, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Science and Technology Seminar
Fahad Javed,  Aman Fellow, Harvard South Asia Institute
Chair:  Afreen Siddiqi Visiting Scholar, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:30pm IST (8:00am EST)
Livelihood Creation Project Webinar
Martha Chen Harvard Kennedy School; Harvard Graduate School of Design
Moderated by Shalini Sinha, India Country Representative and Home-based Sector Specialist, WIEGO
Bijal Brahmbhatt, Director, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Ahmedabad
Weekly Tea Break

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, 4th Floor, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard faculty, students, fellows, staff, and affiliates are invited to a weekly tea break at SAI's office. Come enjoy chai and snacks and get to know SAI's community.
Women's Economic and Social Rights in India: Exploring New Collaborations and Engagements 
Thursday, Dec. 22, 6:00pm - 09:00pm, The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
Special Event
Final event of the collaborative project with the Tata Trusts on Livelihood Creation. High tea reception will be followed by a presentation on the impact of the project by Harvard faculty - Professor Jacqueline Bhabha and Professor Martha Chen, regional experts, and a panel discussion.
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