South Asia

Organisers Should Have Cancelled Conference After MEA Barred Pakistanis: Scholars

"Is there merit in working with Asian institutions in the hope of helping to strengthen academic freedoms and civil society, recognizing the contexts of current limitations?" the organisers from Association for Asian Studies have asked in response.

New Delhi: More than 600 scholars who work on Asia have written to the organisers of the AAS-in-Asia conference and the board of directors of the Association for Asian Studies expressing their anger and dismay at the organising committees “failures and negligence” in informing participants and others that the government of India had barred Pakistani scholars from attending the conference, to be held in Ashoka University.

As The Wire had reported earlier, foreign scholars had to apply for an Indian visa with a copy of the invitation and no-objection letters from the ministries of external affairs and home affairs.

But the political clearance letter from the MEA includes explicit instructions from the Indian government to not include any scholars from Pakistan at the event. The organisers said in a statement that ban on Pakistani scholars went against the free exchange of ideas.

The AAS yesterday released a statement on the “controversy” around the conference, responding to the scholars’ letter. They said that they tried to use “back-channel negotiations” to ensure that scholars from Pakistan are able to attend the event. The group has claimed that they did not know, when choosing Ashoka University as the venue, that the MEA would impose this kind of restriction. “While there are financial costs in canceling a conference for which reservations were made over a year in advance, there is a broader question to be addressed: Is there merit in working with Asian institutions in the hope of helping to strengthen academic freedoms and civil society, recognizing the contexts of current limitations? We might also go further to ask if scholars should refuse to participate in international conferences held in any country with problematic government policies. This would include the U.S., which has a blanket ban on potential participants from seven countries,” the AAS has said.

Full text of the letter written by the 600-plus scholars is reproduced below.


Dear Organizers of AAS-in-Asia and the Board of Directors:

We, the undersigned, would like to register our written protest regarding the upcoming AAS-in-Asia conference to be held in New Delhi from 5-8th July 2018. We object to the AAS-in-Asia’s organizing committee’s failures and negligence to do the following:

1. The Association for Asian Studies failed to inform all conference participants in a timely manner that the AAS received explicit directives from the Government of India to exclude scholars from Pakistan. These directives were written in a letter from the Ministry of External Affairs dated 19 February 2018, prior to the deadline for registration. As such the conference organizer’s claim that too much prior planning and organization had already been done, does not hold weight. However, it is only recently (7 June) that this letter has come to our and the public’s attention. Had the AAS appropriately communicated the nature of these directives, participants could have made informed decisions about whether to support and attend the conference. The delay in informing scholars of the likelihood of rejected visas (in May) amounts to a lack of transparency by AAS. In other words, the implication is not simply that there was inadequate time for planning, but that the delay in sharing this critical information with participants served to limit our options for protest and has shifted the financial implications of any protest onto individual scholars (for many participants it is no longer financially viable to boycott the conference at this late stage).

2. While AAS does not have the “authority” to change government policy, as a professional body representing thousands of scholars globally, it has a responsibility to lead with integrity and take a stand against attacks on academic freedoms. It is ethically unacceptable that the AAS did not immediately publish a statement of support for our Pakistani colleagues and did not immediately condemn the government’s attacks on academic freedom. This is despite the fact that the American Institute for Pakistan Studies was a cosponsor of the conference. In our opinion, the AAS’s silence on this issue indicates their complicity with the Government of India.

3. The Association for Asian Studies defines itself as a “professional association open to all persons interested in Asia and the study of Asia.” As such, the directive from the Indian government directly contravenes the AAS’ own mission statement. Despite the organization’s statement that they “deeply regret” the Indian government’s decision to ban Pakistani nationals from attending the conference, we feel that the AAS could have taken more proactive steps to assert their independence from the Indian government and to explore alternative strategies for holding the conference, including finding an alternative location, setting up a virtual conference, or formally registering our protest as a scholarly organization with the Indian government and other relevant parties. AAS failed in its duty to inform its members of these developments which negatively impacts all scholars who work in Asia and who consider the AAS to be an important intellectual home.

4. The AAS cannot simultaneously claim to represent scholarship on Asia while allowing its conference to become the grounds for the Indian state–or any other state, for that matter–to enact virulent and blatant forms of religious, national, or other forms of exclusionary violence. The guidelines for submissions for the conference clearly mentioned that preference would be given to panels which were diverse in terms of regional representation from Asia. If this was in fact true, then for AAS to accept the Indian Government’s missive to not include Pakistani nationals in the conference could mean only one of two things: they have no problem with Pakistan as a region going unrepresented at an international annual conference on Asia, or, even more problematically, they want Pakistan to be represented but just not by Pakistanis themselves. This approach stifles critical, cross-border conversations that could occur at the conference–which are even more urgently needed today, given forms of xenophobia and nationalism across the world. AAS’ tacit complicity with this position of excluding scholars on the basis of national origin is unconscionable.

We, the following signatories and scholars of Asia, are deeply disappointed that AAS-in-Asia failed to express a collective ethical and political commitment to academic freedom in Asia by canceling this conference. We urge the committee and Board of Directors to reevaluate their mission statement and their “statement on the denial of visas” in light of critical global events that threaten to erode the legitimacy, political value, free expression and dissemination of academic work.

As scholars invested in challenging and not just studying the dominant configurations of Asia, we expect AAS to be accountable to its own mission and its membership.


  1. James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, Yale University USA
  2. Suvir Kaul, A M Rosenthal Professor, University of Pennant
  3. Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University
  4. Dominik Wujastyk, University of Alberta
  5. Sugata Bose, Harvard University
  6. Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
  7. Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  8. C.M. Naim, Professor (Emeritus), University of Chicago
  9. Lawrence Cohen, University of California Berkeley
  10. Martha Ann Selby, The University of Texas at Austin
  11. Rebecca E. Karl, New York University
  12. Purnima Dhavan University of Washington
  13. Thomas N. Patton, City University of Hong Kong
  14. Nandini Sundar, Delhi University
  15. Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  16. Cecilia Van Hollen, Yale-NUS
  17. Prof. Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  18. Sumit Guha, University of Texas at Austin.
  19. Rohit Azad, JNU
  20. G. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  21. Amita Baviskar, Institute of Economic Growth
  22. Rohan D’Souza, Kyoto University
  23. Jack Meng-Tat Chia, National University of Singapore
  24. Lars P. Laamann, SOAS, University of London
  25. Mytheli Sreenivas, Ohio State University
  26. Nalini Iyer, Seattle University
  27. Indrani Chatterjee, History, UT Austin
  28. Jens Lerche, SOAS University of London
  29. Farhana Ibrahim, New Delhi
  30. Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
  31. Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen
  32. Nandini Deo, Associate Professor Lehigh University
  33. Shikha Jhingan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  34. Ira Bhaskar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  35. Ravikant, CSDS
  36. Sibaji Bandyopadhyay, (retd.) Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)
  37. Jerome Keating, National Taipei University
  38. Rahul Mukherji, Heidelberg University
  39. Nosheen Ali, Aga Khan University, Pakistan
  40. Khola Cheema, University of Lahore
  41. Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
  42. Ritty Lukose
  43. Dia Da Costa, University of Alberta
  44. Uditi Sen, University of Nottingham
  45. Rushaan Kumar, Colorado College
  46. Berenice Guyot-Rechard, KCL
  47. Manuela Ciotti, Aarhus University
  48. Mira Mohsini, University of Akron
  49. Sinjini Mukherjee, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University
  50. Priyanka Basu, The British Library London
  51. Sarwat Viqar – John Abbott College, Montreal
  52. Isa Rodriguez-Soto, Assistant Professor, University of Akron
  53. Jhuma Sen, O.P. Jindal Global University
  54. Neepa Majumdar
  55. Saiba Varma, University of California, San Diego
  56. Meher Varma
  57. Ashvin R. Kini (Florida Atlantic University)
  58. Deepti Misri, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
  59. Meghna Chaudhuri, New York University
  60. Archana Venkatesan, University of California, Davis
  61. Asli Zengin, Harvard UniversityChika Watanabe, University of Manchester
  62. Andrew Alan Johnson, Princeton University
  63. Namita Dharia, Rhode Island School of Design
  64. Nurfadzilah Yahaya, National University of Singapore
  65. Daena Funahashi, Aarhus University
  66. Ja Ian Chong, NUS
  67. Faizah Zakaria, Nanyang Technological University
  68. Neilesh Bose
  69. Ari Heinrich, UCSD
  70. Hoang Tan Nguyen, Associate Professor of Literature, University of California – San Diego
  71. Radhika Govindrajan, University of Washington
  72. Nayanika Mathur, Oxford University
  73. Lucinda Ramberg, Cornell University
  74. Tamara Sears, Rutgers University
  75. Emma Varley, Associate Professor (Brandon University, Canada)
  76. Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  77. Adrian De Leon, University of Toronto
  78. Chun-Chi Wang, English Dept., National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
  79. Bindu Menon
  80. Alexander M. Cannon, University of Birmingham
  81. Sarah Hilaly Rajiv Gandhi University
  82. Sarah G Grant, California State University, Fullerton
  83. Samyak Ghosh, Columbia University
  84. Todd A Henry, UCSD
  85. Neha Vora, Associate Professor, Anthropology & Sociology, Lafayette College
  86. Paul Roquet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  87. J. Keith Vincent, Boston University
  88. Maud Lavin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  89. Sohini Kar, LSE
  90. Nada Al-Hudaid, University of Manchester
  91. Ryan Cook, Emory Univer sity
  92. Stephen Poland, Yale University
  93. Anneeth Kaur Hundle, Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced
  94. Andrew Leong, Northwestern
  95. Kevin W. Fogg, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Faculty of History, University of Oxford
  96. Katyayani Dalmia, The New School for Social Research
  97. Sheheryar B. Sheikh
  98. Jerry Zee, University of California – Santa Cruz
  99. Aya Homei, University of Manchester
  100. Jasdeep Singh, Independent Researcher and Translator
  101. Rini Bhattacharya Mehta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  102. Brian Bergstrom, McGill University
  103. Linda Hess, Stanford University
  104. Jawan Shir Rasikh, University of Pennsylvania
  105. Soomin Seo, Temple University
  106. Rachel Berger, Concordia University, Montreal Canada
  107. Shana Brown, University of Hawai’i
  108. Daniel C. Kane, Pacific Affairs
  109. Afzal Ahmad Khan, Kyungpook National University, South Korea
  110. Bharati Jagannathan, Miranda House, Delhi University
  111. E.K. Tan, Stony Brook University
  112. Chenshu Zhou, Stanford University
  113. Jae Won Chung, University of Colorado Boulder
  114. Alexandre Da Costa, University of Alberta
  115. Yukiko Hanawa, New York University
  116. Judd C. Kinzley, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  117. Dohee Kang, Georgetown University
  118. Swapna Banerjee, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
  119. Ravinder Kaur , University of Copenhagen
  120. Grace Ting, Oberlin College
  121. Maggie Clinton, Middlebury College
  122. Hasan Ashraf, Jahangirnagar University
  123. Nimanthi Rajasingham, Colgate University
  124. Gavin Walker, McGill University
  125. Clara Iwasaki, University of Alberta
  126. Shreena Niketa Gandhi, Michigan State University
  127. Vishesh Guru, Ashoka University
  128. Monika Mehta, Binghamton University
  129. Rebecca J. Manring, Indiana University
  130. Mubbashir Rizvi, Georgetown University
  131. Sameen Ali, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  132. Stefanie Thomas, The Ohio State University
  133. Aniket De, Harvard University
  134. Umair Javed, London School of Economics and Political Science
  135. Yogesh Chandrani, Colorado College
  136. Akshay Shetty, Young India Fellow (Batch of 2017), Ashoka University
  137. Nishant Upadhyay, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  138. Tania Saeed, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan
  139. Victor Louzon, Columbia University
  140. Aniket De, Harvard University
  141. Debashree Mukherjee, Columbia University
  142. Pedro Iacobelli, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  143. Ajantha Subramanian, Harvard University
  144. Nitin Govil, University of Southern California
  145. Amna Qayyum, Princeton University
  146. Dr. Goldie Osuri, University of Warwick, UK
  147. Tiraana Bains, Yale University
  148. Ling Zhang, Boston College
  149. Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick
  150. Anupama Kapse Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  151. Shampa Biswas, Whitman College
  152. Tariq Rahman, University of California, Irvine
  153. Christine Marrewa Karwoski
  154. Sabah K: Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch
  155. Piya Chatterjee, Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies, Scripps College
  156. CJ Kuncheria, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  157. Sudha Tiwari, JNU
  158. Kartik Nair, Temple University
  159. Seher Agarwala, Columbia University
  160. Sohomjit Ray, CUNY-College of Staten Island
  161. Navyug Gill, William Paterson University
  162. Dr. Abid Masood, International Islamic University, Islamabad
  163. Faridah Zaman, University of Chicago
  164. Lori Morimoto
  165. Mou Banerjee, Harvard University
  166. Riday Chokshi, Ashoka University
  167. Gautham Reddy, University of Chicago
  168. Rosita Armytage, Durham University
  169. Deep Vakil, Undergraduate Class of 2020, Ashoka University
  170. Abhishek Nanavati, Georgetown University
  171. Debjani Bhattacharyya, Drexel University
  172. Manpreet Kaur, Columbia University
  173. Jisha Menon, Stanford University
  174. Aaron Mirza, OP Jindal Global University
  175. Aditi Surie von Czechowski, Columbia University
  176. Muhan Zhang, New York University
  177. Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard University
  178. Paula Chakravartty, NYU
  179. Kartikeya Bhatotia
  180. Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
  181. Varun Venkatesh, University of Ashoka
  182. Jonathan Graubart San Diego State University
  183. Mara Thacker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  184. Svati P. Shah, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  185. Chris Berry, King’s College London
  186. Nandana Bose
  187. Rachael Joo, Middlebury College
  188. Mosarrap H Khan, Ph.D., New York University
  189. Zain R. Mian, University of Pennsylvania
  190. Lien Fan Shen
  191. Vladimir Tikhonov, Oslo University
  192. Naveena Naqvi, University of California Los Angeles
  193. Lien Fan Shen, University of Utah
  194. Hentyle Yapp, New York University
  195. John Chaffee, Binghamton University
  196. Jennifer Goodlander, Indiana University
  197. Divya Sharma, University of Sussex
  198. Meher Ali, University of Chicago
  199. Ananya Chakravarti, Georgetown University
  200. Shalmali Jadhav, University of Michigan
  201. Shaj Mohan, philosopher based in the subcontinent
  202. Matthew Mosca, University of Washington, Seattle
  203. Baryon Tensor Posadas, University of Minnesota
  204. Dwaipayan Banerjee, MIT
  205. Praskanva Sinharay, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
  206. Anwesha Ghosh, University of Toronto
  207. Tanima, University of Chicago
  208. Siyen Fei, University of Pennsylvania
  209. Brian K. Pennington, Elon University
  210. Aditya Joshi, Ashoka University
  211. Clare Talwalker, University of California-Berkeley
  212. Jyoti Shankar Nayak, Ashoka University
  213. Sara Grewal, MacEwan University
  214. Jodi Weinstein, The College of New Jersey, USA
  215. Alex Chen, University of Pennsylvania
  216. Uday Chandra ,Georgetown University, Qatar
  217. Peter Bol, Harvard University
  218. Medha, German Institute of Global and Area Studies
  219. Susan Thomas, Syracuse University
  220. Amir Theilhaber, TU Berlin
  221. Nikhil Anand, University of Pennsylvania
  222. Ute Huesken, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University
  223. Jane Park, University of Sydney
  224. Furrukh Khan, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  225. Steven Vose, Florida International University
  226. Aditi Saraf, Ludwig-Maximilians University
  227. Nerissa Balce, SUNY Stony Brook
  228. Rajeev Kinra, Northwestern University
  229. Devika Shankar, Princeton University
  230. Minh-Ha T. Pham, Pratt Institute
  231. Earl Jackson, University of California, Santa Cruz, Emeritus
  232. Eleanor Newbigin, SOAS, University of London
  233. Annu Jalais, National University of Singapore
  234. Fozia Parveen, university of Oxford
  235. Sahar Shafqat, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  236. Megan Robb, University of Pennsylvania
  237. Thomas Baudinette, Macquarie University
  238. Madhusudan Rimal, University of Alberta
  239. Subir Sinha, SOAS
  240. Nausheen H Anwar, IBA, Karachi, Pakistan
  241. Meeta Rani Jha, University of California, Berkeley
  242. Sareeta Amrute, University of Washington, Seattle
  243. Mohammad Azhar Wani, Ashoka University
  244. Michael Bourdaghs, University of Chicago
  245. Maria Mustafa , Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad
  246. Jamie Jungmin Yoo, Korea University
  247. Bia Alina Ehtesham, Institute of Business Administration
  248. Mark Balmforth, Columbia University
  249. Reece Jones University of Hawai’i
  250. Monica Kim, New York University
  251. Shaista Patel, University of Toronto
  252. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  253. Teresa Segura-Garcia, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  254. David Ambaras, North Carolina State University
  255. Tommy Tran, University of California at Los Angeles
  256. Aftab S. Jassal, Colgate University
  257. Nishaant Choksi, Kyoto University
  258. Satoshi Mizutani, Doshisha University
  259. S. Charusheela, University of Washington, Bothell
  260. Jatin Dua, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  261. Katherine Alexander, University of Colorado Boulder
  262. Chuck Wooldridge, Lehman College, CUNY
  263. Luis Mah, Universidade de Lisboa
  264. Akila Ranganathan, Ashoka University
  265. William Dunkel, University of California; Irvine
  266. Tsaiman Ho, Chung Yuan Christian University
  267. Ameem Lutfi, Duke Univeristy
  268. Sakhi Upadhyaya, Ashoka University
  269. Prabha Shankar, Technische Universität München
  270. Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed, Princeton University
  271. Doreen Lee, Northeastern University
  272. Kwang Woo Noh, Korea University
  273. Jong-sung You, Australian National University
  274. Fatima Zuberi, Hong Kong University
  275. Jeremy Yellen, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  276. Sailaja Krishnamurti, Saint Mary’s University
  277. Nidhi Mahajan, University of California, Santa Cruz
  278. Amulya Mandava, Harvard University
  279. Theresa Wong, Singapore
  280. Divya Cherian, Princeton University
  281. Naeem Ahmed, alum University of Pennsylvania, Bowdoin College.
  282. Nazia Hashmi, University of Pennsylvania
  283. Rachmi Diyah Larasati, University of MInnesota, Minneapolis
  284. Aftab Ahmad, Columbia University
  285. Sayaka Chatani, NUS
  286. Sheetal Chhabria, Connecticut College
  287. Jun Kai Pow, Singapore Institute of Management
  288. Aaron Gerow, Yale University
  289. Malavika Kasturi, University of Toronto
  290. Aditya Ramesh, SOAS
  291. Siddhant Agarwal, Northwestern University.
  292. Sean Dowdy, University of Chicago
  293. Alvin K. Wong, Yonsei University
  294. Sachin Bhatia, Ashoka University
  295. Mehr Afshan Farooqi, University of Virginia
  296. Huma Dar, University of California, Berkeley
  297. Parika Verma, University of Adelaide
  298. Mikaeel Faisal Nisar, Sabanci University
  299. Zoha Kazmi, University of Adelaide
  300. Karthik Shankar, Ashoka University
  301. So-Rim Lee, Stanford University
  302. Pavitra Sundar, Hamilton College
  303. Sayumi Takahashi Harb, Independent Scholar
  304. Ishaan Bansal, Ashoka University
  305. Hyemin Han, University of Alabama
  306. Jisoo Kim, George Washington University
  307. Asmita Paul, Ashoka University
  308. Mekhola Gomes, Ambedkar University Delhi
  309. Srimati Basu, University of Kentucky
  310. Ramya Maddali, alumna, Ashoka University
  311. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced
  312. Wolfram Dressler, Melbourne University
  313. Pingtjin Thum, University of Oxford
  314. Utathya C, University of Illinois
  315. Manav Kapur, Princeton University
  316. Ishan Mehandru, Ashoka University
  317. Tara M. Rai, Ashoka University.
  318. Shristi Goswami, Ashoka University
  319. Matt Barlow, University of Adelaide
  320. Nirmal John, OP Jindal Global University ( Batch of 2017)
  321. Boudewijn Walraven, Sungkyunkwan University
  322. Aastha Ahuja, Ashoka University
  323. Amritha Perumalla, University of Frankfurt
  324. Desmond Sham, National University of Singapore
  325. Esha Bafna, Ashoka University
  326. Rashmi Gottumukkala, Ashoka University
  327. Suryanandini Narain, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  328. Neeti Nayak
  329. Guo-Quan Seng, National University of Singapore
  330. Juno Salazar Parreñas, Ohio State University
  331. Ilsa Razzak, IBA, Karachi, Pakistan
  332. Zeerak Ahmed, Harvard University
  333. Kartikeya Bhatotia, Ashoka University
  334. Kasia Paprocki, LSE
  335. David L. Curley, Emeritus, Western Washington University
  336. Surya HK, Young India Fellow, Ashoka University
  337. Heeryoon Shin, Vanderbilt University
  338. Varuni Bhatia, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  339. Punyapriya Dasgupta, veteran journalist, India
  340. Shakthi Nataraj, University of California, Berkeley
  341. Surjodeb Basu
  342. Aakash Solanki, University of Toronto
  343. Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS Development Studies, London
  344. Gulnaz Anjum, IBA Karachi, Pakistan
  345. Ankur Naik, Ashoka University
  346. Vernica Gupta, Ashoka University
  347. Ishita Bhatia, Ashoka University
  348. Bhavya Dugar, Ashoka University
  349. Razak Khan, Göttingen University
  350. Oishik Sircar, Jindal Global Law School
  351. Gilbert Achcar, SOAS University of London
  352. Nivedita Joon, Ashoka University
  353. Barbara Wall, u of Copenhagen
  354. Nisha Poyyaprath Rayaroth, University of the Witwatersrand
  355. Navtej Purewal, SOAS University of London
  356. Ritam Sengupta, CSSSC
  357. Ben Rogaly, University of Susses
  358. Uzair Ibrahim, graduate student, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
  359. Ying-kit Chan, Princeton University
  360. Nathaniel Roberts, University of Göttingen
  361. Sara Abraham, formerly University of Toronto
  362. Pradip Kumar Datta, JNU
  363. Zavain Dar, Stanford
  364. Richard Mead, SOAS, (retired)
  365. Rohan Deb Roy, University of Reading
  366. Indira Bulhan, Ashoka University
  367. Malika Shah, UCL
  368. Saptarshi Basak – Ashoka Univeristy
  369. Rohit De, Yale University
  370. John Faulkner, SOAS University of London
  371. Rupa Viswanath, University of Goettingen
  372. Sohini Dutta, IIT Bombay
  373. Shreya Sinha, SOAS
  374. Sumallya Mukhopadhyay, IIT Delhi
  375. Susan Harris, IIT Delhi
  376. Jyotirmay Das, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  377. Tom Hoogervorst, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
  378. Mark Elliott, Harvard University
  379. Niyati Shenoy, Columbia University
  380. Nishtha Sood
  381. Vanja Hamzić, SOAS University of London
  382. Debojit Thakur, DFG-Leibniz Research Centre, University of Trier
  383. Samarth Mahajan, Independent Filmmaker
  384. Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University Qatar
  385. Pallavi Roy, SOAS, University of London
  386. Akta Kaushal, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa
  387. Debojit Thakur, DFG-Leibniz Research Centre, University of Trier
  388. Neeti Nair, University of Virginia
  389. Ishan Santra, Jadavpur University
  390. Shinjini Das, University of Oxford
  391. Neepa Majumdar, University of Pittsburgh
  392. Feyzi Ismail, SOAS University of London
  393. Madhumita Dutta, The Ohio State University
  394. Shehnaz Bhutto
  395. Ila Deep, Ashoka University
  396. Amiera Sawas, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
  397. Satya P Mohanty, Professor, Cornell University, USA
  398. Harsh Verma, University of Delhi
  399. Mohammad Hamza Farooqui, Ashoka University
  400. Avinash Kumar, JNU, New Delhi
  401. Puja Rani, Gargi College, DU
  402. Saadia Baqa BPharm university of karachi
  403. Samuel Perry, Brown University
  404. Sourav Ghosh, University of California, Berkeley
  405. Azra Talat Sayeed, Roots for Equity, Pakistan
  406. Shounak Ghosh, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
  407. Shalini Puri, University of Pittsburgh
  408. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University, USA
  409. Ken MacDonald, University of Toronto
  410. Matthew Nelson, SOAS, University of London
  411. Nida Rehman, University of Cambridge
  412. Barbara Pizziconi, SOAS, University of London
  413. Lauren Wilks, University of Edinburgh
  414. Amina Yaqin, SOAS, University of London
  415. Mana Kia, Columbia University
  416. Will Glover, University of Michigan
  417. Titas De Sarkar, University of Chicago
  418. Richard Williams, SOAS University of London
  419. Carola Lorea, IIAS Leiden
  420. Nemisha Kawaatra, University of Delhi
  421. Ayush Pant, University of Warwick
  422. Penny Edwards, University of California, Berkeley
  423. Asma Kazmi, University of California, Berkeley
  424. Abhishek Kaicker, UC Berkeley
  425. Neeti Nair, University of Virginia
  426. Swati Birla, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  427. Saadia Toor, City University of New York
  428. Dharitri Bhattacharjee
  429. Ojas, Ashoka University
  430. Carla Petievich, University of Texas at Austin
  431. Matthew Shutzer, New York University
  432. Shivani Kasumra, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  433. Fatima Quraishi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  434. Rishika S – Creative Director Vice Arabia
  435. Simanti Lahiri, Villanova University
  436. Uday Vir Gary, Ambedkar University Delhi
  437. Anurag Advani, University of California, Berkeley
  438. Tim Pringle, Soas
  439. Yasir Husain, organicity.pk
  440. Wenqing Kang, Cleveland State University
  441. Mirela David, University of Saskatchewan
  442. Giitanjali, Student, Delhi University
  443. Lalita Khurana, International School of Belgrade
  444. Michael Jin, University of Illinois at Chicago
  445. Jayati Maity, Junior Research Fellow, University of Calcutta
  446. Aaradhya Sharma, India
  447. Samved Rajvanshi, Student
  448. Jayant Bakshi, DPS Mathura Road
  449. Ramish Mushkoh, Ambedkar University Delhi
  450. Vipin Krishna, UCLA
  451. Pranab Bardhan, University of California at Berkeley
  452. Silpa Mukherjee, University of Pittsburgh
  453. Arundhati Chauhan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  454. Vibha Hegde, SDM
  455. Michaela von Paumgartten
  456. Vito Laterza, University of Oslo
  457. Peidong Sun, Fudan University
  458. Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
  459. Praveen Vijayakumar, P.h.D, University of Pennsylvania
  460. Mary Hancock, University of California, Santa Barbara
  461. Steven Lee, University of British Columbia
  462. Vera Jelinkova, Institute of South and Central Asia, Charles University in Prague
  463. Sharad Chari, University of California, Berkeley
  464. Usha Iyer, Stanford University
  465. Ayesha Omer, New York University
  466. Iftikhar Dadi, Cornell University
  467. Tani Barlow, Rice University
  468. Meheli Sen, Rutgers University
  469. Youngoh Jung, University of California San Diego
  470. Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo
  471. Madiha Aijaz, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture
  472. Bharat Venkat, University of Oregon
  473. Rochisha Narayan, University of Cincinnati
  474. Karen Leonard, University of California, Irvine
  475. Anne Waldrop, Oslo Metropolitan University
  476. Angela Chiu, Independent Researcher
  477. Seung-Hee Jeon, Boston College
  478. Ria Gyawali, Columbia University
  479. Kamala Visweswaran, University of California, San Diego
  480. Michael Fabinyi, University of Technology Sydney
  481. Nikhil Pandhi, Princeton University
  482. Eli Elinoff, Victoria University of Wellington
  483. Nhung Tuyet Tran, University of Toronto
  484. Kalpana Kannabiran. Council for Social Development, Hyderabad
  485. Songyeol Han, Princeton University
  486. Sabeena Gadihoke Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi
  487. Rajesh Dev, University of Delhi
  488. Schneur Newfield, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
  489. Judy Battaglia, Loyola Marymount University
  490. Yousuf Saeed, researcher, filmmaker, New Delhi
  491. Amra Ali, Art critic ,  Karachi
  492. Ali Khan, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  493. Nina Horisaki-Christens, Columbia University
  494. Hassan Javid, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  495. Mehak Sawhney, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi
  496. nyamat bindra
  497. Nida Kirmani, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  498. Vebhuti Duggal, Ambedkar University Delhi
  499. Manjula.V, Bangalore University
  500. Sarah Suhail, Information Technology University
  501. Tulika Bathija, Secondary English Teacher, Nagoya International School, Nagoya, Japan
  502. Shayan Rajani, Tufts University
  503. Sanjukta Sunderason, Leiden University
  504. Serena Umer Khan
  505. Margrit Pernau, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
  506. Ashfaq U. Rehman, Women University Swabi Pakistan
  507. Osama Siddique, IDEAS & LPRN (Pakistan) & IGLP (Harvard Law School)
  508. Premesh Lalu, University of the Western Cape
  509. Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster
  510. Kalpana Wilson, Birkbeck, University of London
  511. Alexios Tsigkas, The New School
  512. Anindya Raychaudhuri, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
  513. Manjari Sahay, alumna, Ashoka University
  514. Megnaa Mehtta, London School of Economics and Political Science
  515. Amen Jaffer, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  516. Cordis Paldano, Indianostrum Théâtre
  517. Tanuja Kothiyal, Ambedkar University Delhi
  518. Camille Buat, Sciences Po Paris
  519. Iftikhar ahmed , buitems university Pakistan
  520. Saumyashree Ghosh, Princeton University
  521. Muhammad tayyab, university of lahore
  522. Sharmadip Basu, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  523. Muhammad Azfar Nisar, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  524. Ayesha Masood, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  525. Palashi Vaghela, Cornell University
  526. Courtney Work, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
  527. Malini Sur, Western Sydney University
  528. Bandana Purkayastha university of Connecticut
  529. DC Lammerts, Rutgers University
  530. Dr Vikas Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Center for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  531. Helen McCarthy, independent scholar
  532. Karen S. Farrell, Indiana University
  533. Mrinal Kaul, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities
  534. David Rudner, University of California, Los Angeles
  535. Nikolaus Gerold, University of Melbourne
  536. Oeendrila Lahiri
  537. Vijayanka Nair, The New School for Social Research
  538. Kristin Vekasi, University of Maine
  539. Deborah Sutton, Lancaster University
  540. Brian Ruh, Independent Scholar
  541. Devin Fitzgerald, Harvard University
  542. Natasha Raheja, New York University
  543. Elizabeth Hull, SOAS University of London
  544. Jenn Ortegren, Middlebury College
  545. Alka Tyagi, University of Delhi
  546. Matteen Rafiqi, Bezmialem University Istanbul.
  547. Karin Shankar, Pratt Institute
  548. Satyasikha Chakraborty, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  549. Lilly Irani, UC San Diego
  550. Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi
  551. Gianni Pellegrini (University of Turin)
  552. Shahnaz Rouse, Sarah Lawrence College
  553. Nida Hasan, Lahore University of Management Sciences
  554. Khushan Shahad, LUMS
  555. Azadeh Ehsani Chombeli, Concordia University
  556. Pippa Virdee, De Montfort University
  557. Noman Baig, Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan.
  558. Amina Jamal, Ryerson University Canada
  559. Neelum Sohail, Tufts University
  560. Amrita Ibrahim, Georgetown University
  561. Shabana Mir, American Islamic College, Chicago, USA
  562. Eleanor Nesbitt, University of Warwick
  563. Maaz Bin Bilal, OP Jindal Global University
  564. Shayan Momin, New York University
  565. Caroline Bennett, Victoria University of Wellington
  566. Virinder Kalra, Warwick University
  567. Sana Shoaib, University of the Punjab
  568. Mara Matta, Sapienza University of Rome
  569. Rizwan Ahmad, IAS, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  570. Pragya Narang, Independent Researcher on India-Pakistan Peace
  571. Ritam Das, Student, Presidency University, Kolkata
  572. Margaret Tillman
  573. Clare Wilkinson, Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, USA
  574. Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania
  575. Sriram Mohan, University of Michigan
  576. Evelyn Shih, University of California, Berkeley
  577. Arnab Chakraborty, University of York
  578. Nirmala V, Primary school teacher, Kerala
  579. Malini Sur, Western Sydney University
  580. Devika Mittal, Delhi University
  581. Swarna Rajagopalan, Independent Scholar, Chennai
  582. Nidhi Srinivas, The New School
  583. Christian K. Wedemeyer, University of Chicago
  584. Rakshat Hooja, Universe of Learning
  585. Vartika Neeraj, Ashoka University
  586. Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology Sydney
  587. Maira Hayat, University of Chicago
  588. Urmitapa Dutta, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  589. Lisa Björkman, University of Louisville
  590. Aparna Balachandran, University of Delhi
  591. Homayra Ziad, Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies
  592. Adnan Khan, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
  593. Sumita Chatterjee, University of Miami
  594. Swagato Sarkar, OP Jindal Global University
  595. Rune Bennike, University of Copenhagen
  596. Jieun Kim, Freie Universität Berlin
  597. Hira Nabi, independent filmmaker
  598. Dwaipayan Sen, Amherst College
  599. Rina Ramdev, Venkateswa College, Delhi University
  600. Ali Usman Qasmi, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  601. Farwa Sial SOAS
  602. Anil Singhal, Tripura Institute of Technology
  603. Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont
  604. Uttara Shahani, University of Cambridge
  605. Mona Bhan, DePauw University
  606. Neshat Quaiser, formerly of JMI, Delhi
  607. Leandro Vergara-Camus, SOAS University of London
  608. Navtej Johar, Ashoka University
  609. Sarah Gandee, University of Leeds
  610. Hadi Enayat, Aga Khan University, London
  611. Aradhana Anu Sharma, Wesleyan University
  612. Madhusudan Katti, North Carolina State University
  613. David Lelyveld, Professor (retired), William Paterson University
  614. K.N.Sunandan, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  615. Phi-Vân Nguyen, Université de Saint-Boniface
  616. Francis Cody, University of Toronto
  617. Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  618. Sudarshana Mukhopadhyay (PhD student), North Carolina State University
  619. David H. Price, Saint Martin’s University
  620. Anwesha Sengupta, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata
  621. Medha, Ashoka University
  622. Bernhard Leitner, University of Vienna
  623. Nissim Mannathukkaren, Dalhousie University
  624. Ashok Swain, Professor, Uppsala University
  625. Subhadeepta Ray, Tezpur University
  626. Majed Akhter, King’s College London
  627. Shandana Khan Mohmand, IDS, University of Sussex
  628. Gayatri Gopinath, New York University
  629. Penny Vera-Sanso, Birkbeck
  630. Mustafa Khan SOAS University of London
  631. Miguel Loureiro, IDS, University of Sussex
  632. Snehal Shingavi, English, University of Texas, Austin
  633. Jamal J Elias, University of Pennsylvania
  634. Sayan Bhattacharya, University of Minnesota
  635. Rachel Sturman, Bowdoin College
  636. Ahmed Shamim, University of Texas at Austin
  637. Diditi Mitra, Assistant Professor, Brookdale Community College
  638. Eunsook Jung, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  639. Neena Mahadev, Yale-NUS College
  640. Amelia Bonea, University of Heidelberg
  641. Nandini Sen Delhi University
  642. Mazhar Abbas, Shanghai University
  643. Jayati Lal, Syracuse University
  644. Sikandar Kumar, University of Michigan
  645. Rajshree Chandra, Delhi University
  646. Shivani Kapoor, O.P. Jindal Global University
  647. Bobby Luthra Sinha, Independent Social Scientist
  648. Lia Rodriguez, Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora/ Universidad de Palermo
  649. Jason Cons, South Asia Institute, University of Texas, Austin