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.

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


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» Refugee Watch (Issues No. 43 & 44)
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Research Papers
» West Bengal-Bangladesh Borders: Humanitarian Issues

by A.Ghosh, S. Sengupta & P. Banerjee

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» Research on the Humanitarian Aspects along the Indo-Bangladesh Border
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» Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia
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forced displacement

 An Orientation Programme on

Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy

Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Rabindra Bharati University is planning to organize a one-week course on the theme ‘Globalization, Crisis and Public Policy’ during November 23-29, 2015 in Kolkata, India. The proposed course is intended to understand the nitty-gritty of neoliberal globalization including the periodic crises in the market economy all over the world vis-à-vis concerned public policies across the globe including India. It is intended to take up an exploration into socio-economic crisis along the axes of both theoretical nuances and practical implications.  

The course will be open to the doctoral students and teachers of various colleges and universities, and researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. We especially welcome participants from the North-Eastern states of the country. Participants from the various vulnerable communities (Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and others) which are most affected by the implications of globalization are especially welcome.


There will be registration fee for the participants. Outstation participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation. Last day of application will be 15 July 2015. Application will have to be accompanied with bio details, a letter of intent, and details of research interest, and two reference letters. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Iman Mitra (, Research Associate, Calcutta Research Group. Professor Byasdeb Dasgupta, Professor of Economics of University of Kalyani and also, a member of the Governing Body, Calcutta Research Group, and Dr. Iman Mitra are the joint coordinators of the course. The course will be jointly organized with Rabindra Bharati University which will provide the necessary resources to run the course successfully.


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 CRG Requires Research and Programme Associate/s

Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group requires for its research on ‘Popular Movements and Left Cultural Practices in West Bengal’ a Research and Programme Associate on consolidated pay of Rs. 25,000-30,000/- p.m.  for one year.  The candidate must have Ph. D. or M. Phil. Degree in Social Sciences or humanities with publications.  The candidate should be preferably below 40 years in age.  Candidate/s with proficiency in English and Bengali, readiness to do fieldwork and having interest in citizenship studies, human rights, and urban studies well be preferred.   Selected candidate/s will have to join in the first week of July 2015.  Detailed applications along with two recommendation letters may be sent by post or by e-mail before 15 June 2015 to the Office Secretary, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC-45, Sector – III, First Floor, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700106 (e-mail:  Phone: 91-33-23370408; Fax – 91-33-23371523). Applicants are requested to consult MCRG website ( for information on the institution.  Any enquiry on this will be welcome.


















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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 & Madhura Chakraborty at &

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Let's Support Nepal...

We, Calcutta Research Group (CRG) and the Nepal Institute of Peace (NIP), are going to support the people of Nepal in this hour of need and work on monitoring the situation and ensuring the transparency of relief fund provided by various donor agencies for government and non-government organizations in Nepal. We request all concerned people to come forward and show solidarity with the people of Nepal by donating money to the relief fund organized by CRG and NIP.


Please contact for details:

Samaresh Guchhait

Som Niroula
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Shiva Kumar Dhungana
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