This Week's Top Stories
September 25, 2020
Why is infrastructural development in northeast India so important? We spoke with Raile Rocky Ziipao, a Mittal Institute Research Affiliate, to learn more about the connections and progress that can be made when the construction of new infrastructure breaks down old barriers.
"As a Hunzukutz myself, I was always aware of and fascinated by the enormous influence our music has in our daily life and how it shapes our identity," says Nosher Ali Khan, Harvard College '23. During his summer trip to Pakistan, he documented local musicians for a web-series on Hunza's folk music.
The China-India relationship is one of the keys to international security, the future of Asia, and the well-being of nearly 3 billion people. The recent launch of the Routledge Handbook of China-India Relations assembled a panel of experts to discuss the tenuous relationship. Missed it? Catch up with a video of the event.
Upcoming Events
Monday, September 28, 11:00 AM EST
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In the next event within the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics series, panelists will discuss the recent conflicts surrounding the border between China and India and how these events will impact the future of India-China relations.
Saturday, October 3, 10:30 AM EST
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The second session of our Extreme Urbanism series will explore the history and traditions of architecture and urbanism in Afghanistan. Addressing primarily architectural, urban, and territorial aspects of Afghanistan, these talks explore topics from building traditions to infrastructure in relation to historic settlements and contemporary planning in Afghanistan. 
Thursday, October 8, 7:30 AM EST
Harvard Worldwide Week:
As part of Harvard’s Worldwide Week, Ali Sethi, singer and writer, and Himanshu Bajpai, Dastango, writer, and journalist, will perform and recite traditional qissas and qawwalis that highlight South Asia’s tradition of inclusivity in an event chaired by Ali Asani, Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures.
Latest Announcements
Deadline to Apply: Friday, October 16, 2020
We're now accepting applications for our winter grants to virtually research, intern, or perform a language study on topics about South Asia! Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Contact Selmon Rafey,, with any questions.
Friday, October 2, 1:00–4:00 PM EST
Join the Mittal Institute and other international centers at this year’s virtual international opportunities fair. Register via the link above and join us to hear about the various international opportunities that are available to Harvard students.
The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) at George Mason University is welcoming US graduate students to apply to work on its Parallel Pandemic Project (PPP), focused on how the impact and trajectory of COVID-19 has differed between the US and Pakistan. Students will assist faculty in developing pandemic-related research proposals in areas such as food insecurity, gender and income inequality, and more. For info and materials, contact Professor Jim Witte,