Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

4:00pm – 6:00pm

True North Classroom, 280 Brook St

We are monitoring the developments around COVID19 and will make adjustments accordingly. It is possible that the event may still take place with cap at 50 guests. Please arrive early to secure your seat. 

Sahana Ghosh is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University. Her research centers on borderlands, mobility, policing, and gender. She is writing her first book on the lived experiences of borders, citizenship and violence across the India-Bangladesh borderlands, based on long-term ethnographic research. Her writing has been published in a number of academic and non-academic venues. She received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.  

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. 

Through her litigation practice, she has successfully sought reform of the bureaucracy in the country through fixed tenure, defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children, and most recently overturned section 377 the colonial-era law that criminalises consensual same-sex relations. Dr Guruswamy is amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court in a case concerning 1528 alleged extra-judicial killings by security personnel. In her private law practice she litigates in the areas of  civil law, commercial law and white collar crime. 

She was on Foreign Policy magazine’s list 100 most influential Global Thinkers for 2019 and along with Arundhati Katju on Times Magazine’s 2019 list of 100 most influential people. In 2017, her portrait was unveiled at Rhodes House in Oxford University. 

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. 

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