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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Monday, April 14, 2014

India Decides 2014

CASI has been running a major survey on social attitudes in India with 68,500 respondents across 24 states and union territories in conjunction with the Lok Foundation (India). In the run up to this spring's Indian national election, a detailed analysis of the survey results were published throughout the month of March by CASI Director, Professor Devesh Kapur and colleagues, in a four-part series with The Times of 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

Media Coverage:

"We Are Connected," The Economist. April 5, 2014
"The Rural/Urban Divide Dies Out," Neelanjan Sircar & Milan Vaishnav. Financial Times. April 3, 2014
"Voters See Criminality and Nepotism as the Price of Effective Governance in India," Barbara. The Nation. April 1, 2014
"The Voice of the People," Blake Cole. SAS Frontiers. March 2014
"Survey: Indian Voters Like Dynasties," Aljazeera. March 26, 2014
"India's Economy in the 2014 Election," Malini Bose. Albright Stonebridge Group. March 21, 2014
"Indian Elections: Debunking the Debunked Myths," Praveen Chakravarty. Business Standard. March 20, 2014
"THE BIGGER PICTURE: With Urbanisation a New Breed of Politician is Set to Dominate Indian Governance," Manoj Joshi. Mail Online India. March 20, 2014
"2009 Vote Share May be Reversed in 2014," Rukmini S. & Sowmiya Ashok. The Hindu. March 12, 2014
"NDA to Topple UPA in Lok Sabha Elections, Predicts Another Survey," Liz Mathew. Livemint. March 12, 2014
"Indian Election: Survey Shatters 5 Big Election Myths," Victor Mallet. Financial Times. March 12, 2014
"Economy Tops Voters’ Minds, Caste Takes a Backseat," The Indian Express. March 13, 2014
"NDA Makes Gains as Economy Tops Voters' Minds: Survey," Business Standard. March 13, 2014
"Political Capital: Myth that India's Muslims Vote Differently" (video featuring Milan Vaishnav)
"The Continuing Grip of Caste," Rukmini S. The Hindu. March 16, 2014

The CASI bi-weekly e-newsletter has been extended to a weekly distribution throughout the spring to coincide with the India national election.


CASI in the News

CASI Director Devesh Kapur published "Europe's India Aversion" in the April 13, 2014 issue of Business Standard.

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CASI is Pleased to Announce the 2014 Summer Travel Funds for Research Winners!

Emma Boswell, Ph.D. Candidate, Wharton School, Healthcare Management and Economics
The Radiating Effects of Quality Uncertainty of Pharmaceuticals in India

Alexandra Hughes-Caley, MFA Candidate, School of Design, Interdisciplinary Art
Exploring the Social Landscape of Contemporary Rape Cultures in India: Engaging Art

Tanvi Mittal, C’15, Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
Ethnography of Karen Tribe in the Andaman Islands

Prakirti Nangia, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
Social Assistance: The New Silver Bullet in Development Policy

Sudev Sheth, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Arts and Sciences, South Asian Studies
People, princes, and paramountcy in India: A social history of statecraft and governance in Abroad, 1721-1949

Be sure to follow the 2014 Summer Internship Class on the CASI Student blog.
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Upcoming Events

Friday, April 18 & Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania

"Chakshudana (Opening the Eyes)"
Conversations on South Asian Art Celebrating Michael W. Meister, W. Norman Brown Professor of South Asia Studies (Member, CASI Faculty Advisory Committee)

A CASI Co-Sponsored Event at the University of Pennsylvania

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Friday, April 18 & Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

"Property in South Asia: History, Law, and Politics"
Bringing together historians, political scientists, and scholars of religion and law, in this two-day conference will look at five key "moments" in the conceptualization of land control and the evolution of ideas and practices related to the disposition of land-based wealth in the South Asian subcontinent from the eras of early modern to the early post-colonial.

A CASI Co-Sponsored Event at the University of Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

"A Story of Censorship: How the Right to Take Offense is Shrinking Free Speech in India"

(Senior Associate Editor, Political Bureau, Outlook Magazine, and CASI Spring 2014 Visiting Fellow)

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