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Varshney Reflects on Boston Bombing in The Indian Express

April 26, 2013

Earlier this week, Ashutosh Varshney reflected on the bombing in Boston in The Indian Express. "Just as Delhi and Bangalore are my Indian homes, Boston is my American home," writes Varshney. Boston, he explains to an Indian readership, is an inclusive, international, intellectually rich city. "What explains that some of those who grew up in the US, went through American institutions, lived in inclusive multi-ethnic towns, even took the oath of Citizenship ... would resort to terrorist violence on US soil?"


In NYT: Varshney Connects Sanskrit Epics to Rape Debate

January 24, 2013

Ashutosh Varshney commented in the New York Times on the treatment of female rape victims by Indian police, who often deliver an abused woman into the hands of her abusers to avoid shaming family members. "A woman's body as the site of cultural purity is the predominant theme in the epics. And dishonoring a woman is equal to dishonoring a family and even a culture," Varshney said.


Varshney: "India must harness the profit motive"

August 7, 2012

The power outage that hit more than half of India's population last week reveals the peril of India's incomplete embrace of capitalism, writes Ashutosh Varshney, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Brown-India Initiative. In a Financial Times op-ed co-authored with Jayant Sinha, Managing Director of Omidyar Network India Advisors, Varshney urges India to "unshackle India's entrepreneurial energies" and allow the profit motive to streamline market sectors restricted by political interests.


Varshney in Indian Express

June 14, 2012

Institute Professor Ashutosh Varshney comments on India's "moment of truth" in The Indian Express this week, tracing the endemic corruption that has developed alongside the Indian economy. Corruption is not only "morally abhorrent," Varshney writes, but also stands to cripple the country's impressive economic growth. "If the rise of formidable Indian entrepreneurs is a positive side of the growth story, corruption is the negative side. ... Corruption now threatens to bring down a land of opportunity."


India Initiative Launches at Brown

February 21, 2012

The India Initiative has been launched at Brown, based at Watson under the leadership of Institute Professor Ashutosh Varshney. The initiative will have two profiles – one research-related and the other dealing with India's public sphere and policy debates. An initial project on urban governance has already begun. Jointly directed by Varshney and Institute Professor Patrick Heller, the project is building collaborative arrangements with two Indian institutions: the Center for Policy Research (Delhi), a leading policy research institute; and Janaagraha (Bangalore), a major urban non-governmental organization. Early work is focused on Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore.


Varshney: On India's Struggles with Market Economy, Democracy

January 5, 2012

India’s political conflicts as the world’s largest democracy and one of the fastest growing market economies have been analyzed in recent weeks by the Wall Street Journal India, Forbes India, and the Financial Times – all of which turned to the work of Institute Professor Ashutosh Varshney to address different facets of the situation. Varshney also penned his own account of India's 2011 democratic record in the Indian Express.


Varshney Describes Trends in Indian Political Economy at WEF's India Economic Summit

November 15, 2011

A new round of economic reforms has been much discussed but slow to materialize in India, and Institute Professor Ashutosh Varshney discussed why in an interview this week in the New York Times India Ink blog. In separate interviews, with Reuters TV, Varshney also discussed India's "Gilded Age," the differences in economic growth in India ("a messy democracy") and China (with "an authoritarian political dispensation"), the awakening of urban politics in India, and India's current anti-corruption movement. His "Gilded Age" metaphor was also echoed in the International Herald Tribune. Varshney was interviewed on the occasion of the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit, where he was invited to speak on a panel on "India's Policy Outlook." 


Varshney in New York Times: India's Political Battle to Deepen Democracy

October 30, 2011

Ashutosh Varshney, the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, continued to reflect on the anti-corruption movement in India on Sunday in the New York Times, which included his observation that “The countryside is where the vote is; the city is where the money is. Villages do have corruption, but the scale of corruption is vastly greater in cities.” In the midst of a “remarkable social movement” protesting corruption in India, it is the urban middle class, "a child of India’s rising prosperity," that has formed the base of the movement, Varshney wrote in an earlier op-ed piece in the Financial Times.


Varshney Weighs in on India's Land Management

February 24, 2011

Institute Faculty Fellow Ashutosh Varshney weighed in recently in the Financial Times and New York Times on aspects of India's struggle to reform century-old land policies in the face of rapid growth.


In FT: Varshney Urges New US-India Relationship

November 5, 2010

As President Obama starts his visit to India on Saturday, how will he frame the two powers' relationship? Will he present the India-US friendship as an expression of core political values – freedom to vote, speak, move and worship, and tolerance of religious and ethnic diversity – that they share? Will he present that bond as a cornerstone of a new order, especially given the absence of political freedoms in a rising China? Will he even take the momentous step of endorsing India's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council? He should," Faculty Fellow Ashutosh Varshney writes today in an op-ed in the Financial Times.


Institute Roster Features New Faculty Appointments and Visitors

September 20, 2010

The Institute is entering this academic year with new faculty appointments and visiting scholars. Watson is building new research capacity in such areas as finance and religion in international relations, among others, as it also continues to host a changing cohort of visiting faculty and fellows from around the world to bring a diversity of views and expertise to bear on its exploration of the range of its global issues.


Breakdown in Caste Barriers Unleashes Enterprise

September 10, 2010

“The breakdown of caste hierarchy has broken the traditional links between caste and profession, and released enormous entrepreneurial energies in the south,” according to Ashutosh Varshney, the Institute's new Paul Dupee Faculty Fellow. Varshney was recently cited in the New York Times, in an article about caste and economic progress in India.


Tuesday: Rushdie to Speak on Literature, Politics

February 15, 2010

World-renowned author Sir Salman Rushdie will give a lecture at Brown titled "Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World" on Tuesday, February 16, at 5:30pm.