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
» 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

A Conference to Commemorate the 150th year of the

Publication of Karl Marx’s Capital (Volume One)


Capital in the East

The first volume of Karl Marx’s, Capital (volume one), published in 1867 was considered for long throughout the world as the most important guide to understand the ills of capitalism, the origin of the working class, and the materiality of the exploitation of the workers. The book was translated worldwide in numerous languages, and arguably became the most important book in the last two centuries. Then in the last three decades as socialism collapsed and neoliberal capitalism spread to various corners of the globe, Capital became a redundant treatise to many. Its analysis was held outdated, fit for only intellectual consumption and curiosity. However, the world financial crisis of 2008 brought Capital to renewed attention of critical theorists, social scientists, and progressive movements. Its analyses are being considered even more relevant today. Newspapers have focused attention on the contemporary relevance of many of its arguments. In the developing world the drive towards developmentalism, expansion of market, financialisation, weakening of state’s welfare services, rampant privatisation, and boundless exploitation of natural and human resources have become major issues of concern. In this milieu Capital has returned to attention. The conference aims to discuss this return of Capital to attention and enquire the new questions in this light.


Kindly return by 20 January 2018 the filled in registration form to:



The Conference is being held jointly by several institutions and in

collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung


Venue: Rangdarbar, Swabhumi, Kolkata  ||  Date: 30-31 January 2018

Conference Statement ... CLICK HERE

Brochure... CLICK HERE  || Programme Schedule... CLICK HERE 

Registration Form ... CLICK HERE  || Conference Poster.. CLICK HERE





Étienne Balibar &

Immanuel Wallerstein’s

Race, Nation, Class:

Ambiguous Identities


Jointly Organised by

Calcutta Research Group &

Rabindra Bharati University

In Collaboration with

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


Venue: Kabi Janani Sarada Kaksha (2nd Floor), Arts Building, Rabindra Bharati University,
B.T. Road Campus, Kolkata-700 050

Date: 11 January 2018 || Time: 1.30 —5.30 pm

Programme Schedule... CLICK HERE

Abstracts of the Panelists... CLICK HERE




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


Sixth Critical Studies Conference
23-25 August, 2017


Refugees, Migrants, Violence and the Transformation of Cities


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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.