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UPIASI works closely with various schools and departments across Penn to facilitate a number of research and allied activities. We are pleased to share the latest updates:


Eswaran Sridharan, Elections, Parties and Coalitions in India: Recent History and Theory, Permanent Black, 2024 (a selection of ten published papers, seven in academic journals, three in edited volumes on this subject)


(Supported by a grant from Infinite Computer Solutions Ltd.)

Prabhash Ranjan, “Investment Protection in India’s Free Trade Agreements: The Past, Present, and the Future,” January 2023

Binod Khadria, “Post-Covid 19 India: The National Education Policy and India's Higher Education Trajectory,” January 2023

C. Chandramouli, "Contours of Future Demographic Change in India," January 2023

Geethanjali Ramachandra & Vinay M. Nadkarni, "Active Bleeding Control - Can Pediatricians Stem the Tide of Lives Lost from Trauma Through ‘Stop the Bleed’ Training?" February 2023

S. Chandrasekhar & Ajay Sharma, "Patterns in Internal Migration and Labour Market Transitions in India," March 2023

Harsh V Pant, "India and the Indo-Pacific: Opportunities and Challenges in the Post-COVID Order," March 2023

Peter Ronald deSouza, "Reservations and Democracy in India: The Debate Around the 103 Amendment," March 2023

Sucharita Sengupta & Adnan Farooqui, "Complex Decentralisation: Resident Welfare Association Response to Covid-19," March 2023

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, "India’s Evolving Space Concerns and Policy," March 2023

(Supported by a grant from Gaurav Motwane, Chairman and Managing Director, MSL Driveline Systems Ltd.)

Ashwani Kumar & Khushboo Srivastava, "Boundary Lines and Ballots: Exploring Delimitation, Electoral Dynamics, and Reservation in India," May 2024

Vibodh Parthasarathi, "The Media As We Knew It: Dislocations in the Digital Media Economy," May 2024

Rajesh Basrur, "The Challenge of Nuclear Modernization," May 2024

Ajay K. Mehra, "Police Reform in India: A Discourse for the Twenty-First Century," May 2024

Rajeswari Sengupta, “Some Problems with India’s GDP Data and the Way Forward,” April 2022

Ashwini Deshpande, “Report Card on the Health of the Nation,” April 2022

Adnan Farooqui & Sucharita Sengupta, “Sub-national Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Study of the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government," April 2022

Navroz K. Dubash "Climate Faultlines: India’s Lessons from the Glasgow Climate Negotiations"

N. Ravichandran "Post COVID-19: Modernizing India's Healthcare Infrastructure"

Roshan Kishore "India, Post-COVID-19: Reviving Growth, 2021-25"

Aasim Khan "Beyond Access: Study of Digital Governance and the Promise of Democratic Accountability in Post-Pandemic India"

Kanimozhi Udhayakumar, Aishani Rai, and Sarayu Natarajan (Aapti Institute) "The Future(s) of Work: Unpacking the Relationship; Between Work From Home and Gender"

Divya Venkatavaraghavan "The Future of Online Learning"


Ranjini Basu, "Changing Correlations in Foodgrain Mandis of Punjab," March 2024

Ranjini Basu, "We Feed the Nation: Taking Stock of Punjab’s Contribution to Public Foodgrain Procurement," December 2023

Ranjini Basu, "Fraught with Contestations: Crop-Diversification under Agrarian Distress in Indian Punjab," March 2023

Eswaran Sridharan (Ed.) Eastward Ho? India’s Relations with the Indo-Pacific, New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2021

Eswaran Sridharan, "India in 2020: A Year of Multiple Challenges," Asian Survey, February 2021

Eswaran Sridharan, “Understanding Voting Patterns by Class in the 2019 Indian Election,” Indian Politics and Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2020

Eswaran Sridharan, “Cross-state Learning in Service Delivery in India’s Federal System,” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 2020, 58(2)

Adnan Farooqui and E. Sridharan, “The Rajya Sabha as a corrective mechanism for Muslim under-representation,” in Volker Kaul and Ananya Vajpeyi, eds, Minorities and Populism: Critical Perspectives from South Asia and Europe, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020

Eswaran Sridharan, “India in 2019: A New One-Party Hegemony?” in Asian Survey, Jan-Feb 2020


Assessing the impacts of the 2019 Indian General Elections

In the aftermath of the 2019 general elections, the project will examine the implications of the 2019 election results for the party system, economic policy, Center - State relations, and foreign policy.

  • Post Election Conference and workshop in Philadelphia: September 2019
  • Special Issue of India Review in March-April 2020 and otherarticles and op-eds


Comparative Constitutionalism in Asia (July 21-22,2018, Colombo)

UPIASI held the conference in collaboration with O. P. Jindal Global University in Colombo. The project was funded by a 100,000 USD grant from the Ford Foundation and brought together scholars from/on countries of South and Southeast Asia, as well as USA and Australia for a broader comparative perspective on the subject. During the two-day conference, scholars addressed constitutional issues in their respective countries, most of which have confronted challenges to constitution-making and constitution-building in conditions of ethnic/ religious/ linguistic diversity and socio-economic inequities.

The resulting publication, we anticipate, can contribute both to general constitutional, legal and political theory and also to better understanding of specificities of particular countries. 


Recently, UPIASI has partnered with Penn Global to support the new India Research and Engagement Fund, and its India Forerunner program (pictured below), which supports newly admitted students in their transition to life at Penn and the United States.