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 will be 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 will be available through CASI's new blog, IndiainTransition.com. On Friday, March 28, CASI will host a noontime panel at the Center on the Indian general election based upon the survey. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Times of India Article(s)
March 9, 2014, NDA Makes Gains with Urban OBC Voters
Milan Vaishnav, Devesh Kapur & Neelanjan Sircar
Constitutionally Lawless: Ordinance Raj in India
March 10, 2014
In this issue of India in Transition, Shubhankar Dam, Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University School of Law, and author of Presidential Legislation in India: The Law and Practice of Ordinances (Cambridge University Press, 2014), discusses the misuse of the ordinance-making power of the President under the Indian Constitution.
The Sobti Family Fellowship Fund provides funding for a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania to conduct an independent research project in India. Established through a gift from Penn alumnus and parents, Rajiv Sobti, Gr’84, and Slomi Sobti, the Sobti Family Fellow will spend at least nine months in India conducting an independent project in connection with their academic and professional interests. CASI is pleased to launch this new fellowship as part of the CASI Student Programs in India.
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
"India's Unique Crisis: A Short-Term Fix"
August 27, 2013 - Some short-term solutions to check further deterioration
"Rebuilding the Indian State"
September 6, 2013 - Longer Term Solutions
New CASI Student Blog
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Introducing CASI Seminar Live Streaming and Videos
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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.
Director, Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India