Rising number of farmer suicides in rural India

Rising number of farmer suicides in rural India

Indian journalist Palagummi Sainath warns that corporations have hijacked the agricultural sector in India, with dire consequences for household farmers.

U.S.-Pakistani relationship plagued by mutual distrust

U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter says the planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offers the United States an opportunity to redefine its policy toward Pakistan.

Book prize adds to growing recognition of CISA faculty

Professor of Anthropology Akhil Gupta has won the Coomaraswamy Book Prize for 2014, marking yet another honor for the distinguished faculty of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia.

Medicine, literature and the power of epiphany

Using stories, pictures and citations from literature to illustrate his points, writer-physician Abraham Verghese emphasized the way in which literature can help physicians cultivate the humanist, healing aspect of medicine.

How media — and work — impacts peoples’ perceptions of themselves and their countries

Increasingly, says UCLA Associate Professor Purnima Mankekar, the circular media flow between Asia and the rest of the world is a two-way street that affects both consumers and producers.

Exploring the lives and perceptions of call center agents in India

Professor Akhil Gupta gives back to his home country through research that he hopes will improve life and economic development.

CISA Announces 2010 Sardar Patel Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Tariq Thachil, recipient of the 2010 Sardar Patel Award, for the best dissertation submitted at any American university on the subject of modern India.

4 Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, who holds the Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian History and is founding director of the UCLA Center for India and South Asia, received a fellowship to support his research on French perceptions of Asian culture.

Before Orientalism: From Paris to Patna in the 17th Century

Watch video of CISA Director Sanjay Subrahmanyam delivering Vanderbilt University's annual Byrn Lecture on April 6. The Byrn Lecture is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Department of History.

Lata Mani Rethinks It All

The esteemed postcolonial feminist historian's talk this winter, entitled "Once Upon a Time in the Present," proposed an alternate ontological and epistemological orientation.

Writing Travel at Asia's Crossroads

Departing from texts in Chinese, Persian, Urdu and other languages, scholars at an international conference, "The Roads to Oxiana," look at Central Asia in the ages of camel caravans and horsemen and of motor cars and airplanes. Audio podcasts of the conference presentations are now available.

Silks and Quilts in Central Asian Cultures

Possibly the best-dressed scholarly meeting of the season, "Textiles as Treasures" looked at the place of fabrics in the lives and the industry of nomadic and urban Central Asian cultures over centuries. The March 5 conference was organized by the Asia Institute's Program on Central Asia; a day-long program on the music of the region is planned for April 1.

Calling High School Students: UCLA Has Summer Courses in Your Home Language

The Summer High School Language Program is geared toward students who speak one of the offered languages at home and want to improve their writing and reading skills.

The Difficulty of Being Good

Featuring Gurcharan Das Best-selling author, Management Guru and Former CEO, Procter & Gamble India.