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CANCELED: India's Citizenship Debate with Sahana Ghosh, Menaka Guruswamy, Arundhati Katju and Roshan Kishore

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

True North Classroom, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

In support of our community's continued health, if you are not feeling well for any reason, please consider staying home rather than attending the event. For up-to-date information, including campus travel restrictions, please visit the University’s COVID-19 Updates website.

Sahana Ghosh is a social anthropologist whose research uses ethnographic and historical methods to study the intersections of gender, mobility, borders, and policing in contemporary South Asia. She is interested in ethical and political questions of ethnographic practice from an intersectional feminist perspective.

Her academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the American AnthropologistComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastGender, Place & Culture, and the Economic and Political Weekly. She also writes to critically engage a broader public on topics of her expertise.

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy practices law before the Supreme Court of India. She is also is BR Ambedkar Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School. 

In her litigation practice in India, she focusses on large constitutional rights claims, and has successfully brought reform of the bureaucracy in the country, defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children and is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1528 alleged extra-judicial killings by the military and security personnel. Most recently, she represented petitioners who challenged and successfully overturned India's 158 year sodomy law in the landmark decision of Navtej Singh Jauhar v Union of India delivered on September 6, 2018.

Arundhati Katju is a lawyer practicing in Indian trial and appellate courts. Her work encompasses a broad array of practice areas, including white collar defense, legal aid, and LGBT rights litigation. Arundhati successfully represented the lead petitioners in the Indian Supreme Court’s historic judgment in Navtej Singh Johar and others v Union of India, where the Court struck down India’s 157-year-old sodomy law and upheld the rights of LGBT Indians to equality and dignity. Alongside her litigation practice, she is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. In 2019, she was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Year.

Roshan Kishore is the Data & Political Economy Editor at Hindustan Times & currently a visiting fellow at CASI, UPenn. 

Center for Contemporary South Asia