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.


Krishna Trust : Krishna Memorial Awards for Women Educationists and Caregivers

CRG now plan to collaborate more deeply and meaningfully with
Krishna Trust and organise such programmes to encourage the work for education and health of women, and care of the women in need.  This will be also a noble effort on part of CRG towards providing service to our society. For details of Krishna Trust, please CLICK HERE


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


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» Refugee Watch (Issues No. 49)
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Research Papers
» The Importance of Being Siliguri, or the Lack thereof Border-Effect & the "Untimely" City in North Bengal
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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



CRG Requires Research & Programme Assistant/s  


MAHANIRBAN CALCUTTA RESEARCH GROUP requires Research Assistants  on consolidated pay of Rs. 18,000 - 22,000 per month (depending on qualification and experiences) for a period of one year.  The candidate must have a Post Graduate degree in Social Sciences or humanities.   Candidate with proficiency in English and having interest in themes, such as,   citizenship studies, popular movements, migration, gender rights, human rights, autonomy, globalization, logistics, and urban studies in particular will be preferred. Knowledge of computer programming will be appreciated.  Selected candidate will be expected to join immediately.


Detailed applications along with two recommendation letters may be sent by post or by e-mail within 18 December 2017 to the Office Secretary,  Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC-45, Sector–III, First Floor, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700106 (e-mail:  - Phone: 91-33-23370408 and Fax: 91-33-23371523).  Applicants are requested to consult MCRG website   for  information on the institution.    Any enquiry on this will be welcome.




The Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with

Ford Fondation

cordially invite you to 

A Workshop


Towns and Migrants : Explorations of an Urban Future


Venue: Swabhumi, Kolkata Date: 26-27 December 2017


for Poster of the programme , please CLICK HERE

for details of the programme , please CLICK HERE




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Mass Movements and Naxalbari, (Anustup, 2017) ... CLICK HERE


Sixth Critical Studies Conference
23-25 August, 2017


Refugees, Migrants, Violence and the Transformation of Cities


for details of the conference...





Friday Lecture@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
Somdatta Chakraborty at

for details CLICK HERE



Public Notice


CRG Library will be closed to the Public from 1 December to 31 December 2017.