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.


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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
» 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

 Workshop on Forced Migration Studies

Calcutta Research Group (CRG) will hold a series of Research Workshops on Forced Migration Studies.  The first in the series will be held in Kolkata from 16 March to 21 March 2015. The five themes to be addressed in this workshop are; (a) Violence in the borderlands and forced migration in West Bengal-Bangladesh border; (b) Violence in the borderlands and forced migration in Central Asia and West Asia; (c) Rohingya Refugees in India; (d) Research Methodology in forced migration studies; (e) Conceptual issues in forced migration studies.

Research papers relevant to the five themes are invited to be presented and discussed in the workshop. Selected research papers will have to reach the CRG office by the last week of February 2015. Papers will be circulated in advance. Those desirous of presenting research papers may kindly send their applications along with respective CVs, proposed titles, and abstracts (between 500 to 700 words and with clear reference to the theme) by 26 December 2014. The language of papers and abstracts will be in English. Research fellows, teachers, and practioners with at least 5 years experience will be given priority in selection. Selected participants will be given accommodation and train travel by economy class. Applications may be sent to the Office Secretary,  Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, GC-45, Sector–III, First Floor, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700106 (e-mail: phone: 91-33-2337-0408; Fax: 91-33-2337-1523). Applications should mention clearly the themes being addressed.


The workshop is being held in collaboration with the ICSSR, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, and Taft Fund.


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Fourth Jayanta Dasgupta Memorial Lecture


The Calcutta Research Group and Pakistan India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy, West Bengal Chapter cordially invite you  Fourth Jayanta Dasgupta Memorial Lecture on 20 February 2015 at Academy of Fine Arts.


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Second Krishna Memorial Award for Women Educationists, Students & Caregivers


The Calcutta Research Group and Krishna Trust cordially invite you  Second Krishna Memorial Award for Women Educationists, Student & Caregivers on 26 February 2015 at CRG Seminar Hall.


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Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700 106, West Bengal, India
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Fifth Critical Studies Conference

Online Version


» Inauguration of the Conference

» Book Discussion on Beyond Kolkata: Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination and   Capital, Interrupted: Agrarian Development and the Politics of Work in India

» Postcolonial Resistance


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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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International Conference on 

Gender, Empowerment and Conflict in South Asia

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Workshop on "West Bengal-Bangladesh Border : Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues "

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