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Partners & K-14 Resources

The Center for South Asia facilitates cross-disciplinary research, teaching, and learning opportunities about South Asia. Our faculty and staff engage with the diverse contexts of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

To this end, we collaborate with a wide array of Stanford units, Stanford student groups, professional organizations in the U.S. and abroad, and also well-established NGOs, universities, and corporations in South Asia. Please email southasiainfo [at] (southasiainfo[at]stanford[dot]edu) for more information about our campus partners.

Professional Organizations *

* As a CSA affiliate, you may be eligible to enjoy restricted funding opportunities administered by these organizations. Please inquire via email at southasiainfo [at] for details.

K-14 Resources

We gather resources and create programming that can be accessed by K-14 educators, so you may bring South Asia to your classroom.

Photo grid of speakers. 2021 Arts and Justice Series. Naseeruddin Shah, Urvashi Butalia, TM Krishna, Nandini Sundar, Naeem Mohaiemen, Ather Zia, Nayanika Mookherjee.

2021 Arts and Justice Series

This series interrogates issues around religious freedom, the freedom of speech, and the role of the arts within the context of justice.

The Arts and Justice in South Asia is a collaboration between the Center for South Asia and the Arts Institute, co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford and the Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley, with support from the Sara and Sohaib Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford.

All webinars recordings and are available.

K-14 resources compiled by Kalyani Ramnath

Dr. Kalyani Ramnath is a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics at the Center for History and Economics and Lecturer at Harvard University. She gave a talk at a CSET workshop, "Identity and Citizenship", and provided a list of resources for teachers interested in learning more about identity, citizenship, and belonging in South Asia (and beyond). 

K-14 resources compiled by Mou Banerjee

Dr. Mou Banerjee, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  gave a talk at a CSET workshop, "Rising Up: Movements for Change", and provided the below reading list, part of "A Global History of Non-Violence".

This reading list is a historical introduction to the idea and practice of non-violence as a viable method of civil disobedience, political resistance and protest.

Recommended Texts:

  • Roberts, et al. Civil Resistance and Power Politics: the Experience of Non-Violent Action from Gandhi to the Present. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Kurlansky, Mark. Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea. Modern Library, 2006.
  • Nepstad, Sharon Erickson. Nonviolent Struggle: Theories, Strategies, and Dynamics. Oxford University Press USA - OSO, 2015.
  • Holmes, Robert L., and Predrag Cicovacki. Ethics of Nonviolence: Essays by Robert L. Holmes. Bloomsbury Academic & Professional, 2014.
  • Schell, Jonathan. The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People. 1st ed., Metropolitan Books, 2003.


  • Singh, Upinder. Political Violence in Ancient India. Harvard University Press, 2017. “Introduction”
  • Losurdo, Domenico. Non-Violence: a History beyond the Myth. Lexington Books, 2015. “From Pacifist Abolitionism to Gandhi and Tolstoy.”
  • Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is within you. Read chapters I, II, XI, XII and the section "On Non-Resistance."
  • Gandhi, et al. Hind Swaraj and Other Writings. Centenary ed., Cambridge University Press, 2009. Chapter X and Letters to Tolstoy.
  • Brown, Judith M., and Parel, Anthony. The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi. Cambridge University Press, 2011. Chapters 5, 6, 11, 12.
  • B.R. Ambedkar. “What Path to Freedom?”
  • Yengde, Suraj, and Anand Teltumbde. The Radical in Ambedkar: Critical Reflections. Gurgaon, Haryana, India: Allen Lane, an Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.
  • Films to watch:
    • “The Making of the Mahatma”, dir. Shyam Benegal, 1996.
    • “Gandhi”, director Richard Attenborough, 1981.



  • Rangarajan, Mahesh., and K. Sivaramakrishnan. India's Environmental History. Ranikhet: Bangalore: Permanent Black; Distributed by Orient Blackswan, 2012.
  • Cederlöf, Gunnel, and Mahesh Rangarajan. At Nature's Edge: The Global Present and Long-term History. First ed. Oxford Scholarship Online. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • Guha, Ramachandra. How Much Should a Person Consume?: Environmentalism in India and the United States. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2006.
  • Guha, Ramachandra. The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya. Expanded ed. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2000.
  • Patkar, Medha. "Reflections on Satyagraha in Today’s India." Social Change (New Delhi) 51, no. 1 (2021): 70-79.
  • Films to watch:
    • Armstrong, Franny., Nina. Wadia, Arundhati Roy, Spanner Films Ltd, and Cinema Libre Studio. Drowned out. Los Angeles, California: Cinema Libre Studio, 2006.
    • Shrivastava, Ruchi, Sumit Khanna, Public Service Broadcasting Trust, and Prasar Bharti Corporation. The Man Who Dwarfed the Mountains. The Open Frame. New Delhi, [India]: Public Service Broadcasting Trust, 2015.
    • ON THE FENCE: Chipko Movement Re-visited
    • A Narmada Diary