Gender Equality in Elected Office: Applying the Six Step Action Plan to the Egyptian case

Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School This session asks participants to consider applying the Six Step Action Plan to a country in the midst of revolutionary change as one specific case study — Egypt. In particular, participants [...]

Libraries, Archives and Museums: A Strategic Conversation: Opening Talk

Monday, April 9 For generations Harvard’s libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research, teaching, and learning carried out both within the university, and also beyond its walls. In an increasingly [...]

Varanasi’s clay art struggling for survival

Once famous, the city’s clay art now seems to be on its last legs. The potters selling their products were seen aloof and ignored at the prominent fairs held during the Durga Puja, Dussehra and Bharat Milap episode in Nati Imli. “China [...]

10 Mundane Traditions with Strange Origins

Sometimes, there are things we do as part of a tradition without really considering where the practices may have started. It’s easy to forget that many of the rituals that we automatically take part in today had their roots in something [...]

India deadliest place in world for girl child

NEW DELHI: It’s official – India is the most dangerous place in the world to be a baby girl. Newly released data shows that an Indian girl child aged 1-5 years is 75% more likely to die than an Indian boy, making this the worst gender [...]

“Wife-sharing” haunts Indian villages as girls decline

When Munni arrived in this fertile, sugarcane-growing region of north India as a young bride years ago, little did she imagine she would be forced into having sex and bearing children with her husband’s two brothers who had failed to find [...]

Fairness Products And The Unusual Racism In India

(By Sanika Natu) Every time I turn on that idiot box they call Television, apart from those daily soaps or cranked up reality shows, I stumble upon innumerable commercials. From cold drinks to toilet cleaners and automobiles to cell phones, [...]

Athirathram – The oldest Vedic ritual

12-day ritual to preserve environment, usher global peace: In April 2011, a 12-day ritual is came to a grand, majestic end in a little village in Kerala. Athirathram, or Atiratra Agnicayana, a 3000-year-old (some say 4000) Vedic ritual to [...]

Of love and longing for India: a French woman’s journey

Christelle Gourdine, a French national of Guadeloupean and Indian origin, has been fascinated by her Indian roots for many years. But she is surprised and saddened that not many know about the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe’s Indian connection. Christelle [...]

Undocumented language found hidden in India

A “hidden” language spoken by only about 1,000 people has been discovered in the remote northeast corner of India by researchers who at first thought they were documenting a dialect of the Aka culture, a tribal community in the foothills [...]