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

Late Krishna Bhattacharya was a founder member of Calcutta Research Group. Krishna Trust, set up in her memory, works for education and health of women.CRG plans to collaborate more deeply and meaningfully with the activities of Krishna Trust. This will be an humble effort on the 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. 50)
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Research Papers
»Logistical Space VI: Logistics & the Reshaping of Global Governance
»Logistical Space V: Representing of Connectivity
»People, Politics and Protests IV: Occupy College Street: Notes from the Sixties
» People, Politics and Protests VIII : Left Front Government in West Bengal (1971-1982)
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» A Report on the Roundtable on Race, Nation, Class : Methodological Considerations from India
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Brief news, reports, views
and comments on issues of 
forced displacement


for Refugee Watch Online


Fifth Krishna Memorial Award for Women Educationist, students & Caregivers (2018)

Krishna Trust, in association with the Calcutta Research Group (CRG), is organizing the ceremony for the conferral of the Fifth Krishna Memorial Awards for Women Educationists, Students, and Caregivers (2018). This year the recipients of the awards are Sarada Kalyan Bhandar, Medinipur, an institution that works for women’s (particularly girl child) education and Suchandra Dutta from 24 Parganas (South), an activist working for Disability Rights Groups. The conferral ceremony will be followed by the Fifth Krishna Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Dr. Asish Kundu.

Bharati Chowdhury Memorial Award, 2018 to be conferred on Avantika Sanyal, Educationist

We take this opportunity to invite you to the programme.  

The programme is being held jointly by Krishna Trust and Calcutta Research Group

Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Aikatan Conference Room IB 201, Sector 3, Salt Lake City, Kolkata 700106 

Date & Time: February 16, 2017 (Friday) from 5 PM to 8 PM

Please Download the Invitation Card ... CLICK HERE




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Capital in the East


Marx's Capital after 150 Years


Date: 30-31 January 2018


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







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
Ankita Manna at

for details CLICK HERE