Anahita Speaker Series - A Carnegie India Vedica Initiative

The Anahita Speaker Series, an initiative by Carnegie India and the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, is a monthly women's speaker series that aims to highlight the experiences and achievements of women professionals who are giants in their fields.

Lakshmi Karunakaran

May 25, 2021
Empowering Communities through Art and Education

On a daily basis, children of India's underserved communities face grave physical and emotional neglect. This adversely affects their mental health and traps them in a circle of perpetual poverty....Read More

Paromita Vohra

April 21, 2021
Changing the Lens: Telling Powerful Stories in Multimedia India

Honest explorations of subjects like inclusive sex education, pleasure, desire, and equality using different forms are finding new audiences in India. From books and traditional documentaries to sound installations....Read More

Abhina Aher

March 09, 2021
Building an Inclusive India: Trans Rights and Representation

The transgender community in India continues to experience social, legal, political, and economic marginalization today. At its source, the stigma surrounding the trans community stems from society's perception....Read More

Dr. Pavithra Suryanarayan

February 10, 2021
Understanding Political Participation in the U.S.

With growing racial tensions in the U.S, the recent election reflected an extremely politically charged America. On the other hand, the active political participation of oppressed groups like Black African Americans, South Asians....Read More

Ajantha Subramanian

November 25, 2020
The Transnational Dimensions of Caste: India and the U.S

Recent cases of caste-based discrimination prevalent in large American multinationals have shed light on ways in which the oppressive caste system operates within the American-Indian diaspora....Read More

Vedika Bhandarkar

October 29, 2020
Crafting Sustainable Development Solutions

The world's poorest often pay more than the rich for water, sanitation, food, and credit due to lack of access to fair markets. Non-profits can solve such market failures by connecting low-income communities...Read More

Niraja Gopal Jayal

September 30, 2020
Understanding India: Citizenship and Identity

The formal recognition of religious identities as grounds for citizenship in the Indian constitution puts the fundamentals of citizenship up for debate. Reflections on the ways in which caste, class and religion have been conceived...Read More

Mokshada Patil

July 31, 2020
Creating a Gender Equal Police Force

In addition to maintaining law and order, police authorities have been integral to providing basic social services as we deal with the pandemic. Yet, the police-public interface continues to be marked by deep distrust...Read More

Shobhini Mukerji

June 30, 2020
Policymaking During Crises

The coronavirus pandemic has re-emphasized the need for evidence-backed research in tackling health, economic, and socio-political issues in India, and across the world...Read More

Punita Lal

May 22, 2020
Tracking Consumer Behavior After COVID-19

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy has been devastating. With millions forced to stay at home and retail shops, except those providing essential services, shut, analysts claim that the pandemic...Read More

Manjari Jaruhar

February 25, 2020
Creating an Effective Female Police Force

As women's safety continues to be a pressing concern for India, addressing issues of law and order is key to creating safer environments for women. Recent government data highlights...Read More

Rachel Trezise

January 28, 2020
Tracing Women's Voices in Literature

The literary voices of women have often been ignored or suppressed. The bias in this sphere extends not only to reviews but also manifests in the unequal gender representation on bookshelves...Read More

Mrinal Pande

October 16th, 2019
The Evolution of the Media Industry

The media plays a critical role in shaping society's thoughts and attitudes. While increased access and the application of new technologies have transformed the Indian media industry...Read More

Kalpana Viswanath

August 20th, 2019
Creating Safer Cities

India has repeatedly come under scrutiny for its unsafe public spaces, especially for women. This has a wide ranging impact on how women are perceived in society...Read More

Snigdha Poonam

July 18th, 2019
The Rise of Fake News in India

The dissemination of information through smartphones and affordable internet has slowly changed the traditional role of the media, leading journalists to continuously adapt...Read More

Kavita Devi

June 12th, 2019
Reporting on the Ground:The 2019 Indian General Elections

The 2019 Indian general elections were watched closely by various domestic and international media channels to understand the intricacies of the world's largest democracy...Read More

Durga Raghunath

May 20th, 2019
The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in India

Entrepreneurship is crucial to driving economic growth. Being a successful entrepreneur involves navigating a myriad of financial and professional risks. Many of these risks are often emphasized for women...Read More

Elizabeth Dibble

April 5th, 2019
The Architecture of Diplomacy

Diplomatic missions play a critical role in advancing a nation's interests and developing inter-state relations. The construction and maintenance of a nation's diplomatic relations is both...Read More