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Rebuilding Nepal after the Quake

CASI Visiting Fellow Prashant Jha

CASI Visiting Fellow Prashant Jha

This Thursday, May 7 at 4 pm, CASI will host a special event on the Nepal earthquake. CASI Spring 2015 Visiting Fellow Prashant Jha will speak on the scale of the devastation, the global humanitarian response, and the challenges ahead for the Nepal government. Jha is an Associate Editor for the Hindustan Times. He is also the author of Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal. Read more about the event on the CASI website.


You can learn more about the crisis in Nepal through some of Jha’s recent media appearances and interviews:

Read his article in the Hindustan Times: “Nepal earthquake: It was inevitable, the big one hits home”

and his article in The New Yorker: “Recovery in Nepal”

Follow him on Twitter: @Prashantktm

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Negotiating Normality between Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir

Rahul Pandita

Rahul Pandita

Fall 2014 CASI Visiting Fellow, Rahul Pandita, is the author of this week’s India in Transition (IiT) article. He writes about the path towards reconciliation between the exiled Kashmiri Pandit community and Kashmir’s Muslim population.

Read “The Gorge of Personalized Violence” here.

Rahul Pandita is the Senior Editor of The Hindu. He is the author of Our Moon has Blood Clots: The Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. He will speak about the Maoist movement in India on October 16. Follow him on Twitter @rahulpandita.

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CASI Events for Fall 2014

Don’t miss any of CASI’s upcoming events for the Fall 2014 semester! For more information see our website.

CASI Fall 2014 Events

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Random House India Launches CASI’s Dalit Entrepreneur Book in Delhi

Defying the Odds book coverOn July 19 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi, Random House India will launch the book, Defying the Odds: The Rise of the Dalit Entrepreneurs with authors – Devesh Kapur, CASI Director, and D. Shyam Babu and Chandra Bhan Prasad, who are both CASI research affiliates and former CASI Visiting Scholars. A panel discussion with the authors will include T. N. Ninan, Chairman, Business Standard, Rajiv Lall, Executive Chairman, IDFC, Milind Kamble, Chairman, Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), and moderated by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research.

This book project was funded by a multi-year grant awarded to CASI from the John Templeton Foundation.

Defying the Odds is about the new Dalit identity. It profiles the phenomenal rise of twenty-one Dalit entrepreneurs, the few who through a combination of grit, ambition, drive and hustle—and some luck—have managed to break through social, economic and practical barriers. It illustrates instances where adversity compensated for disadvantage, where working their way up from the bottom instilled in Dalit entrepreneurs a much greater resilience as well as a willingness to seize opportunities in sectors and locations eschewed by more privileged business groups.

Traditional Dalit narratives are marked by struggle for identity, rights, equality and for inclusion. These inspiring stories capture both the difficulty of their circumstances as well as their extraordinary steadfastness, while bringing to light the possibilities of entrepreneurship as a tool of social empowerment.

The book project was made possible by a multi-year research grant on Dalit Entrepreneurship CASI was awarded from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Upcoming NYC Event- A Billion Votes

The Roosevelt House and Political Science Department at Hunter College will be hosting an exciting panel discussion event on Monday May 5, 2014 in New York. If you are in the city, be sure to check it out. You can read more details and register for the event here.

A Billion Votes:Making Sense of India’s 2014 General Election 

Monday, May 5, 2014
Reception 5:00 PM, 
Program 5:45 PM

Roosevelt House at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
between Park and Madison Avenues
New York, NY 10065

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera

India’s general elections are not only fascinating and consequential in their own right; they are also an important indicator of democracy’s global health. This campaign season party competition is intense and public advocacy full-throated; Indian democracy is in vigorous condition. Yet, trends such as economic inequality, rampant corruption, and social violence raise concerns about the direction in which politics may be heading. Join us for a roundtable on the significance of India’s elections – in which, to put things in perspective, newly eligible voters (those who turned 18 since India’s last election in 2009) exceed the entire voting electorate in the 2012 US presidential election.


Atul Kohli  David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University

Sanjay Ruparelia  Assistant Professor of Politics and Fellow of the India China Institute, The New School

Milan Vaishnav  Associate, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Lok Surveys Research Affiliate at CASI

Rob Jenkins  Professor, Department of Political Science, Hunter College


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Carnegie Event Videos

Panel 1

Thank you to those who attended our events this week. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, check out these videos from the Carnegie Endowment’s March 25th event “India Decides 2014: Assessing the Elections and Beyond.”

Panel 1: Introduction and Presentation of Survey Results

Featuring Jessica Tuchman Mathews, George Perkovich, Milan Vaishnav, Rajiv Lall, and Devesh Kapur

Panel 2: Implications of the 2014 Election

Featuring Devesh Kapur,  Ashley J. Tellis, Arvind Subramanian, and Ravi Agrawal

You can also view Milan’s presentation here.

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Events Next Week

We are excited to announce two upcoming events related to the Lok Survey project. Those of you in the DC or Philadelphia area are encouraged to attend.

India Decides 2014: Assessing the Elections and Beyond
Tuesday, March 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC
with Devesh Kapur, Milan Vaishnav, George Perkovich,Rajiv Lall, Arvind Subramanian, and Ashley Tellis
Advance registration required

India Decides 2014: A Panel on the General Election
Friday, March 28 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
with Neelanjan Sircar, Devesh Kapur, and Milan Vaishnav

CASI election event