South Asian Regional Committee

Date & Time September 14, 2021 9:30pm
Location
Virtual
Program
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Tufts South Asian Regional Committee Fall 2021 GIM

The South Asian Regional Committee is an academic discourse and research group under the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. Their work revolves around the 9 countries that fall under the region which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan. This group will have a focus on social, political, historical and economic affairs, with the conscious intent to be in touch with current issues facing the South Asian subcontinent.

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Date & Time April 26, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location
Virtual
Program
South Asian Regional Committee

Gendered Bodies, Trafficking and Labour in South Asia

Join the Tufts South Asian Regional Committee for our 2021 interdisciplinary panel on gender, labor and trafficking in South Asia. SARC invites you to a multifaceted discussion ranging from sex work and gendered labor during the Second World War and sex trafficking in the Sundarbans, to organ trafficking in contemporary South Asia.

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Date & Time March 29, 2021 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Location
Virtual
Program
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Queer Representation in Bollywood: A discussion with Kareem Khubchandani

One word to describe the representation of most queer Bollywood characters: PROBLEMATIC. 

From John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan in Dostana to the dean Rishi Kapur plays in Student of the Year, queer representation in Bollywood has most often been for comedic value. The film industry seems to profit off of the presentation of homosexuality in a way convenient to them. While new TV shows such as Made in Heaven and Sacred Games shift away from these stereotypes, what will it take for the mainstream Bollywood industry to change its ways? 

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Date & Time February 15, 2021 1:30am
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The Farmers' Protests: Causes and Future Implications

The Farmers' Protest in India is one of the largest protests in human history. How much do you know about it?

While some national media malign the farmers, labelling them as terrorists, international media has done a poor job covering the event entirely. It took Rihanna's tweet––"why aren't we talking about this?"––for people around the world to recognise that there should be more outrage about what is happening in India.

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Date & Time February 19-20, 2021 10:00am - 2:00pm
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South Asian Climate Conference

The 2021 Climate Change Conference on February 19th and 20th, hosted by the Tufts South Asian Regional Committee (SARC), will feature four panels that each address the various challenges that climate change poses to the subcontinent. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are amongst the countries worst affected by the climate crisis. Rising sea levels have displaced thousands of people in West Bengal and Bangladesh, while a shortage of freshwater has led to a diplomatic crisis between India and Pakistan.

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Date & Time October 20, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location
Virtual
Program
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US Foreign Policy for South Asia: Past, Present and the Future

Tufts South Asian Regional Committee is excited to announce our second panel discussion of the month featuring Dr Aparna Pande and Johnny Walsh regarding the impending U.S. presidential election and its impact on South Asian foreign policy. 

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Date & Time October 15, 2020 12:00pm
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Hathras: Caste-Based Sexual Violence and the Dalit Feminist Movement with Kiruba Munusamy

CW: Rape and Violence

You might have heard about the brutal gang rape of a 19 year old Dalit girl by 4 upper-caste ‘Thakur’ men in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh late last month. She was found lying barely conscious, naked, badly battered and bruised in a field next to her home in Hathras. For the next two weeks, she fought for her life. But on the morning of 29th September, she died from the injuries sustained during the rape.

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Date & Time June 14, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Location
Virtual
Program
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India-China Relations: Discussing Foreign Policy with Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Sara

IGL Student group, the South Asian Regional Committee (SARC) is  collaborating with Harvard University and Ashoka University (India) on a new speaker series for the summer called the Academic Hour.

This is the second panel of the series which will explore Sino-Indian dynamics that are presently afoot at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). We are thrilled to have former Foreign Secretary of India Mr. Shyam Saran speaking on this topic.

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Date & Time June 6, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location
Virtual
Program
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Panel on the Migrant Worker Crisis

IGL Student group, the South Asian Regional Committee (SARC) is collaborating with Harvard University and Ashoka University (India) on a new speaker series for the summer called the Academic Hour. The first panel of the series will be on the migrant work which will explore the migrant worker crisis currently underway in India. This panel includes, three distinguished speakers, journalist Barkha Dutt, migration scholar Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court Mr. Dushyant Dave.

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Date & Time February 14, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location
Mugar 200
Program
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Indian Democracy in the Age of Hindutva

The South Asian Regional Committee and the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Fletcherwill be co-hosting a panel on Indian Democracy in the Age of Hidutva.  The panel will consist of Siddharth Varadarajan (founding editor of The Wire.in), Faizan Mustafa (Law teacher and Vice Chancellor of NALSAR, Hyderabad), and Sugata Bose (Gardliner Professor of Oceanic History at Harvard University).

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