Prof. Ranabir Samaddar on Immigration History (Audio)

We were lucky to have a very fascinating talk recently by visiting Indian scholar Ranabir Samaddar, who is the Director of the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in Kolkata, India. Samaddar’s talk was titled “Returning to the History of 19th and Early 20th Century Immigration.” Professor Samaddar focused on the history of migration and immigration in the 19th and early 20th century, with special emphasis on the period from around 1875 until 1925. The talk covered a wide range of materials, including Chinese migrants working on the early US railways. His talk was followed up with responses from Victoria Hattam, Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research (NSSR), Paula Banerjee, who is currently a visiting professor from the University of Calcutta and also a member of the Calcutta Research Group, and Mark Frazier, who also teaches in the Politics Dept at NSSR and is one of ICI’s two Academic Directors.

In case you missed this exiting event you can listen to the audio below.

Spring 2012 Course: Rights and Activism in Modern China

Rights and Activism in Modern China NANT3570
Spring 2012 on Mondays from 4:00-5:50 PM

The language of human rights has become increasingly common in China today. Amid the economic and social upheavals of the late socialist period, ordinary Chinese have turned to human rights as both a political strategy and a new way of understanding themselves and their relationship to the state.

We use studies of current and prominent human rights cases to contemplate the following questions: What is the relationship between the international human rights movement and domestic grassroots activism? In what kinds of situations is the language of rights useful, and how are individuals interpreting and pressing human rights claims? What is the role of the state in promoting or suppressing human rights? What impact do China’s burgeoning capitalist markets have on human rights?

We discuss the growth of grassroots groups and the expansion of civil society in China, exploring the impact of technology, international funding, and domestic law. The course draws on scholarly texts, publications by nongovernmental human rights organizations, and Web-based academic projects and blogs.

Understanding India's New Political Economy: A Great Transformation?

Out now!

Understanding India’s New Political Economy: A Great Transformation?

edited by Sanjay Ruparelia
and Sanjay Reddy

Two of India China Institute’s most esteemed scholars, former ICI Fellow Sanjay Ruparelia (2008-2010) and longtime ICI Advisor, Sanjay Reddy have collaborated with scholars John Harriss and Stuart Corbridge to produce this exciting new volume highlighting the changes occuring during India’s current political environment.

Focusing on the last three decades, this compilation of essays fills in a gap in existing literature by looking at three large-scale political transformations; the advent of liberal economic reform, the ascendance of Hindu cultural nationalism, and the empowerment of historically subordinate classes through popular democratic mobilizations.

Conceived in part during a conference held by ICI, this volume epitomizes the type of academic connections across discipline and national borders that ICI makes it its mission to promote.

Please visit here for more details and purchasing information.

Understanding India's New Political Economy: A Great Transformation?

Understanding India’s New Political Economy: A Great Transformation?

Edited by Sanjay Ruparelia and Sanjay Reddy

Two of India China Institute’s most esteemed scholars, former ICI Fellow Sanjay Ruparelia (2008-2010) and longtime ICI Advisor Sanjay Reddy have collaborated with scholars John Harriss and Stuart Corbridge to produce this exciting new volume highlighting the changes occurring during India’s current political environment.

Focusing on the last three decades, this compilation of essays fills in a gap in existing literature by looking at three large-scale political transformations; the advent of liberal economic reform, the ascendance of Hindu cultural nationalism, and the empowerment of historically subordinate classes through popular democratic mobilizations.

Conceived in part during a conference held by ICI, this volume epitomizes the type of academic connections across discipline and national borders that ICI makes it its mission to promote.

Please visit here for more details and purchasing information.

Slideshow: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

Below is the presentation for the March 10, 2011 event, Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India, by Pranab K. Bardhan.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Beyond First Impressions
– Amita Bhide: Chini Kavita (English translation) and Chini Kavita (in Marathi)
– Guo Yukuan: New York City is Our Campus: an interview with The New School President Bob Kerrey (in Chinese) and New York City is Our Campus (English translation)
Partha Mukhopadhyay: How is China Different?
– Chakrapani Ghanta: Good or Bad: It is People’s China (English translation) and Good or Bad: It is People’s China (in Telugu)
– Hiren Doshi: Learn to Say Thank You in Chinese
– Yao Yang: Thoughts on my Visit to India, part 1 (English translation)

Intertwined Development Paths
– Hiren Doshi: Tango of the Dragon and Elephant
– Hiren Doshi: China focusing its energies on innovation
– Chakrapani Ghanta: China: Agriculture Reaping Rich Harvest (English translation)
– Wu Xiaobo The Comparison of China and India with the view of National Innovation System (English translation)

Vexing Urbanisms
– Guo Yukuan: Chinese ‘house slaves’ and Indian ‘slum owners” (in Chinese) and Chinese ‘house slaves’ and Indian ‘slum owners” (English translation)
– Amita Bhide: Migration & Slum Dwellers: Some Reflections (English translation)
– Partha Mukhopadhyay: The Promised Land of SEZs

Governance and Democratization
– Guo Yukuan: The importance of independent research for national policy decision-making (in Chinese)
– Yao Yang: Thoughts on my Visit to India, part 2 (English translation) .
– Chakrapani Ghanta: Communist China is on Siege of ‘Capital’ (English translation)
– Guo Yukuan: Playing a Red Face to the End (in Chinese)

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Social Innovation for Sustainable Environments

The third round of India China Fellowship Program focuses on Social Innovation for Sustainable Environments.
India and China face unprecedented environmental challenges and opportunities in their intertwined futures. Both countries are increasingly conscious of the negative consequences of their current rapid development, such as ecological degradation and global warming. In practice, however, ecological concerns, including water contamination, greenhouse gases, poor urban air quality, and industrial waste dumping, have been sidelined due to urbanization pressures, industrialization, and the current economic downturn. Although the past few years have brought positive experimentation in environmental governance in both countries, much remains to be done to bring attention and action to these pressing issues.
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