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Another India Series

Another India Caste Event

Another India kicked off at the University of Warwick in spring 2015. Since then, our programme of events on campus --as well as in Delhi and Mumbai-- continues to bring the Warwick community together with contemporary India's 'changemakers with a difference’. In all the talk of India's recent corporate and political successes, we often lose sight of the fact that many of the most innovative and impactful interventions in public life of the country begin and circulate outside official corporate or policy spheres – in India’s dynamic non-state -activist - arts-academic interface. Another India is built around a dialogue between some of the most high-profile leaders of these sectors in India with members of the Warwick community. Another India showcases the University of Warwick’s commitment to innovative global inquiry.


Tales of Tribes
Film screening and talk by
Dr Tara Douglas (Adivasi Arts Trust)
Wednesday 31 January 2018
3pm - 5pm
H3.55 Humanities Building

Songs of War
A conversation between Professor Tariq Mehmood (American University of Beirut, Department of English) and Professor Virinder S Kalra (Sociology, University of Warwick)
Wednesday 29th November, 4.30-6pm, Social Sciences, SO.52
Song of Gulzarina is Tariq Mehmood’s latest novel and covers the terrain of war, love, loss and hope.
Tariq Mehmood is an award winning novelist and documentary film-maker. His first novel, Hand On the Sun (London: Penguin Books, 1983), dealt with the experience of the resistance to racism by young migrant to the UK of the 1970s and 1980s. His second novel, While There is Light (Manchester: Carcanet, 2003), was set against the backdrop of the case of the 'Bradford 12', where 12 young men who defended their community were charged with conspiracy offences.

"Another India" invites you to
"The Crisis In Indian Universities",
A talk by Shehla Rashid (student activist and leader from India)

Friday, 16th June 2017
Oculus Oc.005

Shehla Rashid will speak about the growing authoritarianism faced by students in Indian universities in a climate of right-wing intolerance, and about ways in which students are resisting the assault on democracy in India.

Another India in Term 2, 2017
Witness to Paradise: Photojournalism in Kashmir's present, 1986-2016

Lecture by Sanjak Kak, Filmmaker and writer

Wednesday 8 March 5PM, Room OC1.04



Screening followed by discussion with feminist academic and independent filmmaker, Shilpa Phadke, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

'Under the Open Sky' (2016) [about girls football in Mumbai]

Tuesday 31 January 12-2PM

IAS Seminar Room


Why Loiter at Warwick?

In this collective happening, led by Shilpa Phadke, TISS Mumbai and author of the book Why Loiter (2011), we will move across the Warwick campus with a view to interrogating and mapping the everyday exclusions and negotiations that women from different classes and communities encounter in our university's open (?) spaces.

5PM Kickoff at the Piazza



India and the question of Kashmiri sovereignty
13 October 2016
Wolfson research exchange : 2.00 - 4.30
Followed by Performances on the Piazza
Open to all
Refreshments will be served after the discussion

Documentary screening: Kashmir's torture trail - Panel discussion (Nitasha Kaul (Westminster), Mahroosh Tak (SOAS), Goldie Osuri (Warwick) : Chair - Aditya Sarakar (Warwick) - Performance (MC Kash, hiphop artist Kashmir)

South Asia Day at Warwick, Wednesday 22 June, IAS Seminar Room, Milburn House, University of Warwick

(The Shard in London, Friday 10 June, 6pm - 7.30pm)

Agenda for Equality: the possibilities and limits of affirmative action (Warwick, May 2016)

Times of The Nation: Being ‘Anti-National’ In Contemporary India
Ramphal Building – R0.03, Thursday, 17th March, 5.15-7.30 pm

The ‘nation’ is back with a vengeance in Indian public life. Headhunting those who refuse to comply with its normative vision of a majoritarian and homogenised national culture. This event would engage with the politics of being and becoming 'anti-national' in contemporary India - how, when and what this process envisage. We hope to explore and interrogate the close complicity of the ‘national’ consensus deployed as it is through courts of law, development discourses, and an authoritarian state riddled with cartographic anxieties. By linking it to the burgeoning student movement in India - evidenced by recent outbursts at several institutions of higher education - at Hyderabad, Madras, Calcutta, New Delhi and elsewhere, the panel would deliberate on the instrumental role of public universities in fostering substantive interventions in critically influencing public discourses.

India: No Country for Beef?

Monday / 1 February 2016 / IAS Seminar Room / Millburn House (F204) / 12-2pm

Documentary screening ('Caste on the Menu Card' 2015, 20 min.) & panel discussion on the politics of beef bans in India.

Followed by buffet lunch


The Burden of the Urban

TISS-Mumbai, 10-12 December 2015

Tuesday 27 October, 3PM - Film Screening

AN ORDINARY ELECTION - A Film by Lalit Vachani

an ordinary election

3PM Social Sciences Building SO.19

The director and co-producer will be present for a question-and- answer session following the screening

Delhi, August - December 2013. A new politics of hope and change flickers in the world's largest democracy, as a rank outsider makes an audacious bid for political power. A tiny new political party prepares to take on the mighty political establishment in the capital city: the Aam Aadmi Party, the party of the Common Man. Like its counterparts from Greece to Spain, this anti-establishment party promises to vanquish political corruption and bring power back to ordinary people. An Ordinary Election is the story of the battle for Indian democracy from up-close: an intimate ground-up perspective of the anxieties, ambitions, struggles, and intrigues from the electoral battleground itself.

For more info:


Law by Other Means: Picturing Law, Politics and Justice
Centre for Law and Governance, Jawharlal Hejru University, Delhi
Programme here
Also Featuring
Book Launch: The Grammar of Politics and Performance
eds Shirin M Rai and Janelle Reinelt
8 April 2015, 6.30pm
India International Centre, New Delhi

Spaces of Caste in India and the UK: Persistence and Resistance
Academic, Policy and Activist Workshop, 21 April 2015
University of Warwick

Also Featuring
Reading by Meena Kandasamy (poet and author of The Gypsy Goddess)


Professor Shirin Rai (PAIS)

 Shirin Rai

and Virinder S Kalra (Sociology)