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Caste and sectarianism, 2014 India elections focus of 2 talks in September

Journalist and author Sankarshan Thakur, roving editor for the Calcutta-based daily Telegraph, will speak on “Caste and Sectarianism in India’s Heartland Politics: Constructive and Destructive Narratives,” at 4:30 p.m., in Bowl 1 Robertson Hall at Princeton University, on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.  He will also speak on “Narendra Modi and the 2014 India Elections” at noon, in 219 Aaron Burr Hall, on Thursday, September 26. The events, free and open to the public, are presented by the Program in South Asian Studies.

**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by September 24 to Jayne Bialkowski at jayne@princeton.edu or 609-258-2635**

Thakur has reported extensively on Kashmir, Bihar, and sociopolitical conflict in the subcontinent. His books include, as author, Subaltern Saheb (2006) and The Making of Laloo Yadav: The Unmaking of Bihar (2000), and, as editor,  Guns and Yellow Roses: Essays on the Kargil  War (1999). He is currently working on a book on Bihar under Nitish Kumar.

These events are cosponsored with the Mamdouha Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Nehaus Center for Globalization and Governance.

Isabelle Clark-Deces, director of the Program in South Asian Studies, is a professor of anthropology.

For more information contact the Jayne Bialkowski, jayne@princeton.edu or 609-258-2635.