SARC Description

The Tufts South Asian Regional Committee (SARC) is an academic discourse and research group focusing on the 8 countries that fall under the region which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. This group will have a focus on social, political, historical and economic affairs, with a special focus on current issues facing the South Asian subcontinent. Though bi-weekly discussion meetings and a number of panel discussions, we hope to create a pace for students of all backgrounds, ideologies, Identities and ages to come together to develop a nuanced understanding of the region.

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Past Events:

"Migrant Worker Crisis: In Conversation with Barkha Dutt, Dushant Dave, and Dr. Irudaya Rajan"

This panel explores the migrant worker crisis currently underway in India. For this panel, we have three distinguished speakers, journalist Barkha Dutt, migration scholar Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court  Mr. Dushyant Dave. This panel hopes to provide a nuanced understanding of the crisis through an on-ground perspective, an academic perspective and a legal perspective. It is an opportunity to get well-informed about the crisis and see what you can do to make a difference.

"India-China Relations: Discussing Foreign Policy with Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran."

This talk explores Sino-Indian dynamics that are presently afoot at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). We are privileged to have former Foreign Secretary of India Mr. Shyam Saran speak on this topic. 

This discussion hopes to provide a nuanced understanding of the diplomatic relations between India and China in light of the standoff at the border. The mobilization of significant Chinese soldiers and military equipment on the LAC has markedly increased tensions between the two countries. While military and diplomatic engagements are ongoing, it is unclear how the conflict is going to unfold. In this interaction, Ambassador Saran explores the past, present and future of India-China relations.