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.


CRG cordially invites you to the PUBLIC LECTURE@CRG
Speaker : Professor D.M.Diwakar,
Director, A.N.Sinha Institute of Social Studies
Title: Migration and Social Change in Bihar
Date: 20 August 2015 at 3.00 PM
Venue: Kabi Janani Sarada Sabhakakshya,
Emerald Bower Campus (Rabindra Bharati University),
56A, B.T. Road,Kolkata – 700 050
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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
» Policing a Riot-torn City: Kolkata,
16-18 August 1946

by Ranabir Samaddar

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


for Refugee Watch Online

July & August 2015 Issue


Last Date of Submission:
5 August 2015

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 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.


The principal objectives of the proposed course are: (a) to make a theoretical and empirical understanding of globalization characterizing almost every money-using market economy today across the globe; (b) to make a critical probe into the socio-economic crises which from time to time have hit the market-economies of the world since the inception of the present day globalization nearly four decades ago; and (c) to have an understanding of public policies in every nook and corner of the globe in connection with the globalization and also, to make a normative assessment of these policies so as to deal as well as cope with the periodic crises which do afflict the money-using market economies all over the world.


Interested applicants are encouraged to send their CV, a letter of recommendation, a letter of intent and details of research interest by August 23, 2015 to and/or


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InterAsian Connections V: Seoul (April 2730, 2016)

Seoul National University Asia Center

DEADLINE: September 8, 2015


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Welcome to Interrogating Forced Migration: 

A Research Workshop





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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
(Email:, and

Shiva Kumar Dhungana
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