Born as a facilitating group in support of the peace movement in West Bengal, particularly during the Third Joint Conference of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy - an unprecedented public gathering of 400 peace activists of the sub-continent for 4 days in Calcutta in 1996 - the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group is now known as the Calcutta Research Group (CRG). The founders were a group of researchers, trade unionists, feminist thinkers and women’s rights campaigners, academics, journalists, and lawyers. This was to be a forum for policy discussion and analysis on issues of democracy, human rights, peace, and justice. 

        Developing as a forum of mostly young public activists and socially committed researchers, CRG is now well-known for its research, dialogues, and advocacy work. It has  carved out a niche for itself in the scholar-activist world for its policy studies on autonomy, human rights, women’s dignity, issues of forced displacement and migration, peace and conflict resolution, citizenship, borders and border-conflicts, and other themes relevant to democracy.  The emphasis that CRG places on the East and the Northeast in its research and dialogues has now resulted in a strong network of scholars, activists, and institutions in the region.


Releasing A Report Comprising of Research Briefs with Policy Implications entitled 'CITIES, RURAL MIGRANTS AND THE URBAN POOR: ISSUES OF VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE' on 30 July 2016,5-8 AM at Swabhumi, Shabhagar-I, Kolkata

Recent Publication/s
» Index of Refugee Watch (1998-2011)


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» Refugee Watch (Issues No. 46)
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Research Papers
» Cities, Rural Migrants & the Urban Poor-II : Migration & the Urban Question in Mumbai

by M.K.Jha & P. Singh, M. Vyas, R. Hebbar & M.Bandyopadhyay, S.Singh

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» Cities, Rural Migrants & the Urban Poor-III : Migration & the Urban Question in Delhi

by A. Prakash, I Dey, M.Kumar

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» Cities, Rural Migrants and  The Urban Poor: Issues of Violence and Social Justice
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Brief news, reports, views
and comments on issues of 
forced displacement


for Refugee Watch Online


Calcutta Research Group (CRG) is releasing  

A Report Comprising of Research Briefs with Policy Implications entitled 'CITIES, RURAL MIGRANTS AND THE URBAN POOR: ISSUES OF VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE'


We cordially invite you to attend this programme followed by Reception

Venue: Swabhumi, Sabhagar-I, Kolkata

Date: July 30, 2016 || Time: 5.00 P.M.




Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Global Migration Centre, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) is organizing an international conference on

Borders, Violence and Identities

(21 December – 23 December, 2016)

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Refugee Watch Special Issue on Syrian Refugee Crises

 (For December, 2016)


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Welcome to Interrogating Forced Migration: 

A Research Workshop






Friday Lectures@ CRG

CRG is inviting abstracts (of not more than 300 words) from scholars, students and activists along with a short bio-note. You can mail your abstracts to
Sucharita Sengupta at

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