Indian Policymaker Urges Local Empowerment

4/13/10: Countries like India and China “do not have the luxury of waiting for centuries, as happened in the West, for the poorest to get a modicum of material comfort,” according to Mani Shankar Aiyar, India’s former cabinet minister for local governments. Aiyar compared and contrasted these two emerging giants and their progress toward local self-government during the recent “India Abroad, India Within” conference co-sponsored by the Watson Institute. In both countries, “Our people are more impatient, more demanding. And we have the means at hand – genuine local self-government – to meet these rising expectations substantially. Would that we have the wisdom to use it.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Simmons Strengthens University Ties in India

4/6/10: A delegation led by Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons strengthened the University’s ties with India during a recent visit to Delhi and Mumbai. “The importance of India today on the world stage requires all of us in university life to be attentive to what’s happening here and to have the advantage of partnerships with higher education in India,” President Simmons told Mint. “One can’t imagine an educated citizen of the world today not having sufficient knowledge of India,” she added. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brown Expands Sanskrit Program

4/8/10: Brown, which has engaged in the study and teaching of Sanskrit for over a century, will now offer a PhD in Sanskrit Language and Literature in the Classics Department. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mayer Highlights Brown’s AIDS Work in India

4/3/10: Brown is making significant contributions to efforts to curb the AIDS epidemic in India according to Professor of Medicine Kenneth Mayer. After South Africa and Nigeria, India has the third largest population in the world living with HIV/AIDS, he said in a recent talk on “AIDS in India: Brown’s Involvement in a Dynamic Epidemic.” Researchers estimate that 2 million to 3 million people in India are infected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wilkinson Cites WWII Veterans in Partition Violence

4/3/10: Returned World War II veterans played an important role in propagating Partition violence in 1947 South Asia, according to Stephen Wilkinson, Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies at Yale University. In a recent talk at Brown, Wilkinson examined variations in violence levels across space as a way of understanding the causes and mechanisms of Partition violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photographs by Fazal Sheikh Coming to Brown’s Bell Gallery

3/24/10: Fazal Sheikh, 2005 winner of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and the International Award from the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, has worked for years with displaced people in Africa, South Asia, and the Americas. In books and installations, Sheikh combines his photographs with the personal testimony of his subjects, producing portraits of communities that address their beliefs and traditions as well as their political and economic problems. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kumarasamy: Confronting India’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic

4/2/10: XDR-TB, or Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis, will be the next major problem to tackle in India due to its causal links to HIV/AIDS, said Dr. N. Kumarasamy at a lecture last semester. Kumarasamy is Chief Medical Officer at the Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) in Chennai, India.
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Related Event: SASA Culture Show

The South Asian Students Association Annual Culture Show – Nashaa 2010 – will feature a variety of acts, including South Asian dance, music and comedy.

Tickets will be on sale in the post office in J. Walter Wilson, 69 Brown Street, from 10-2PM starting, Monday, March 15th. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

For more details, please visit SASA’s website.
Location: Salomon Center, DeCiccio Family Auditorium, College Green.

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Archaeology Talk Reveals Treasures of India

3/18/10: Monica Smith, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, scrutinized the multifaceted nature of ancient India’s civilizations in a recent talk on “Text and Context: The Archaeology of Ancient India” at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology.
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Indian IT Pioneer Cites Technology’s Power for Global Change

3/4/10: Just as India’s brand of technological innovation has elevated the country’s international status, improved millions of Indians’ livelihoods, and changed the world’s way of doing business, so it is a force for addressing pressing global problems. In delivering this message on Monday at Brown, Infosys Technologies Ltd. Chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy pointed to a sweeping array of challenges and their technological solutions. Among them: green technology to combat global warming; e-government to increase democratic accountability; computer mapping to ensure water security; remote medical services to lower healthcare costs.
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