On 10-11 November, 2016 the ANU South Asia Research Institute (SARI) hosted the 2016 India Update in the Hedley Bull Centre. The program, entitled Ideas from India brought together experts from across the world to discuss real-world issues facing India.
The event began with a public lecture by Nivedita Menon of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Mother India (Bharat Mata) and her unruly daughters. A podcast of her address can be found on the SARI Webpage.
Over the following two days, audiences were engaged by panels discussing issues including governance, conflict and political economy, contested pasts, challenging futures, gender, development and environment and many more.
Speakers included the College of Asia and the Pacific’s Dean, Michael Wesley, SARI’s Annie McCarthy and Meera Ashar, in addition to speakers from the National University of Singapore, University of California Berkeley, University of Melbourne, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, University of Otago and Central European University.
The India Update concluded with a plenary discussion, moderated by SARI’s Director Assa Doron. The 2016 India Update contributed to the scholarly debate surrounding the studies of India and South Asia more broadly, allowing key thinkers on India-related topics a forum for discussion and debate. More information on all our 2016 speakers and their abstracts can be found on the SARI Website.
The 2016 India Update organising committee would like to thank all speakers and volunteers for their hard work in the lead up, and during the Update.