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India Decides 2014

CASI has been running a major panel survey on social attitudes in India with 68,500 respondents across 24 states with funding from the Lok Foundation. The research team includes CASI Director, Devesh Kapur, together with Neelanjan Sircar, CASI Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Megan Reed, CASI Research Coordinator and Milan Vaishnav, Associate in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In the run up to the Indian national election, scheduled for this spring, a detailed analysis of the survey results were published in March by Professor Kapur and colleagues through a series of weekly articles in The Times of India, the largest English-language newspaper in India. Further information is available through CASI's new blog, IndiainTransition.com.

The Times of India Articles:
March 30, 2014, Enter Caste-Plus Politics
Rajiv Lall

March 23, 2014, All in the Surname
Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav

March 16, 2014, Growth is No. 1 Poll Issue for Voters, Survey Shows
Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav

March 9, 2014, NDA Makes Gains with Urban, OBC Voters
Devesh Kapur, Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav

Read more about the Lok Survey statewise projected vote shares and methodology.

The Voice of the People
Blake Cole. SAS Frontiers. March 2014

India Decides 2014 Events:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
"Gaon Se Shehar Tak - The Indian Voter"
An Asia Society event with Surjit S. Bhalla, Dipankar Gupta, Devesh Kapur, and Rajiv Lall
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Friday, March 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai
"Gaon Se Shehar Tak - The Indian Voter"
An Asia Society event with Devesh Kapur, Rajiv Lall, T. N. Ninan, Meera Sanyal, and Milan Vaishnav
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Tuesday, March 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC
"India Decides 2014: Assessing the Elections and Beyond"
with Devesh Kapur, Milan Vaishnav, George Perkovich,
and CASI IAB members Rajiv Lall, Arvind Subramanian, and Ashley Tellis
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Friday, March 28 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania
"India Decides 2014: A Panel on the General Election"
with Neelanjan Sircar, Devesh Kapur, and Milan Vaishnav
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We will be extending our bi-weekly e-newsletter to a weekly distribution throughout the spring to coincide with the Indian national election. To join CASI's listserv, please email casi@sas.upenn.edu.

Quiet Revolution: The Political Logic of India's Anti-Poverty Programs

Aditya Dasgupta
April 7, 2014

In this issue of India in Transition, Aditya Dasgupta, Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, Harvard University, discusses the role that anti-poverty programs play in elections in India.


CASI Congratulates the 16 Penn Students Who Will Be Participating in the 2014 CASI Summer Internship Program in India!

Now in its eighth year, CASI Student Programs is pleased to announce the largest internship class to date. CASI is delighted to collaborate with six partner organizations in India: Aravind Eye Care Systems, Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag), Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), Leap Skills Academy, IMFR Rural Channels and Services, and Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS).

Funds for the CASI internships are made possible through the support of Penn’s Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives in conjunction with Penn Abroad and Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) and through the generous support of CASI donors.

The 2014 internship class includes 15 undergraduates studying in three of Penn’s undergraduate schools, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and Wharton School; and one graduate student from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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CASI Director Co-Authors Series for Business Standard

CASI Director, Devesh Kapur, along with Arvind Subramanian (Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Senior Fellow and Director of the India Initiative, Center for Global Development, and CASI IAB Member), recently co-authored a 3-part series of articles for Business Standard on the current macro-crisis in India.

"India's Unique Crisis - I"
August 23, 2013 - A discussion of the nature of the crisis
View Article

"India's Unique Crisis: A Short-Term Fix"
August 27, 2013 - Some short-term solutions to check further deterioration
View Article

"Rebuilding the Indian State" September 6, 2013 - Longer Term Solutions
View Article

New CASI Student Blog

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Introducing CASI Seminar Live Streaming and Videos
(Best viewed using Firefox)

As of January 2013, videos of select seminars are available online:
Peter Lanjouw - November 21, 2013
Jeffrey S. Hammer - October 3, 2013
Jennifer Bussell - September 30, 2013
Leela Visaria - September 27, 2013
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner - April 5, 2013
Bruce O. Riedel - February 15, 2013
Andrew B. Kennedy - February 8, 2013
Stephen P. Cohen - January 30, 2013
Welcome from the Director

Since its founding in 1992, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) has continued to uphold Penn’s global reputation as a leading center of research in South Asian studies. The goals of the Center are threefold. The first goal is to engage in policy-relevant research focused on the challenges facing contemporary India and thereby improve our understanding of India's politics and society, its rapidly changing economy, and transformation as an ancient civilization and emerging major power. In doing so, we strive to create a forum in which scholars can dialogue with academic, policy, and business communities. The second goal is to nurture students’ interest in contemporary India through internships at the Center and interactions with visiting scholars who are in residence at CASI, as well as by providing them with opportunities to work and conduct research in India. And third, the Center aims to act as a public forum on contemporary India by hosting seminars, workshops and conferences year-round, and through our online publication, India in Transition, which provides scholars around the world a medium to exchange ideas about contemporary India.

As CASI continues to grow and expand, we hope to further strengthen ties throughout Penn and collaborate with leading research centers worldwide, including our counterpart organization based in India, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI). In doing so, we look forward to furthering our role as an international hub for policy-relevant research on modern India.

-Devesh Kapur
Director, Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India