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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CASI Launches New Web site!

On April 22, 2014, CASI went live with a brand new Web site design!

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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

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has partnered with Mint newspaper to produce a 10-part series on the post-election national agenda. The first piece in the series, written by Ashley J. Tellis, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment and member of CASI's International Advisory Board, highlights the challenges that the new government will face. CASI Director, Devesh Kapur and Carnegie Endowment Associate, Milan Vaishnav will explore ways of strengthening the rule of law in a later installment of the series.

Mint Articles:

April 15, 2014, Getting India Back on Track
Ashley J. Tellis

Additional 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.

Pipe Politics: Infrastructure and Urban Development in World Class Mumbai

Lisa Björkman
April 21, 2014

In this issue of India in Transition, Lisa Björkman, author of Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters,and Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany, discusses the interconnections between Mumbai's urban development reforms and the materially-dense politics of the city's water infrastructures.

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CASI Welcomes Spring 2014 Visiting Scholar, Ambassador Jayant Prasad

Ambassador Jayant Prasad is the Former Ambassador of India to Nepal (2011-13), Afghanistan (2008-2010), Algeria (1996-98), and Permanent Representative of India, Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (2004-07). He will be at CASI through June 30, 2014.

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CASI Student Programs

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

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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