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.




Fifth Critical Studies Conference on “Accumulation under Post-Colonial Capitalism” at Kolkata, 21-23 August 2014 || for details... CLICK HERE


Recent Publication/s
» Forced Migration & Media Mirrors

Edited by Sibaji Pratim Basu


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» Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration (42)
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» Index of Refugee Watch (1998-2011)


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Research Papers
» Body/Law/Technology: The Political Implications of Society as Apparatus (PP-63)

by Itty Abraham

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Brief news, reports, views
and comments on issues of 
forced displacement

Calcutta Research Group

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

Organised by CRG in collaboration with
Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta


Speaker : Simpreet Singh, Housing Rights Activist based in Mumbai


Title: Politics of the Civil Society and Civility of the Political Society


31July 2014 at 3.00 P.M. in Conference Hall, Department of Political Science, University of Calcutta (Alipur Campus, Second Floor) ||
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Fifth Critical Studies Conference

Accumulation under Post-Colonial Capitalism

Kolkata, 21-23 August 2014 (Thursday-Saturday)


The Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group is organizing the Fifth Critical Studies Conference in Kolkata from August 21 to August 23, 2014 (Thursday-Saturday). The theme this year is: “Accumulation under Post-Colonial Capitalism.” For details: Click Here


The CRG invites papers on any of the sub-themes from interested scholars and activists. Those who are interested are requested to send long abstracts (approximately 800-1,000 words) of their papers by April 30, 2014. Full papers of the abstracts that are selected would have to be submitted by July 15, 2014, so that the papers can be pre-circulated amongst all the participants.


The long abstracts will have to be sent to Atig Ghosh (; & Madhurilata Basu ( Interested participants are requested, if possible, to get in touch immediately.


In all matters of short listing and selection, the decision of the Conference Organizing Committee will be final.



Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group
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Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700 106, West Bengal, India
Phone: +91-33-23370408, Fax: +91-33-23371523
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International Conference on 

Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia

Kolkata, 7-8 November, 2014
(Friday, Saturday)

The Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo are jointly organizing the International Conference on “Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia”. This is the final conference for a collaborative project entitled Making Women Count for Peace: Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia. Funded by the Research Council of Norway’s INDNOR and NORGLOBAL programmes, the project aims to generate new knowledge and debate on women’s empowerment and the challenges facing implementation of UNSCR 1325 in India and Nepal. With a focus on Northeast Indian experiences and a comparative look at Nepal, the project addresses the role of women in local governance and politics, particularly within the context of peace and security processes.


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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
Madhurilata Basu

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