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Ghosts from the Past? Assessing Recent Developments in Religious Freedom in South Asia

January 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In recent years, questions about religious freedom and the rights of religious minorities have reemerged as issues of concern in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This conference brings together a series of academic and policy experts to consider how and why issues first debated during the crafting of these countries’ constitutions—including the place of Islam in Pakistan, the question of cow protection in India, the meaning of secularism in Bangladesh, the significance of Article 370 in Kashmir, and the status of Buddhism in Sri Lanka—have returned to South Asia with greater urgency and consequence.

Please see our website for the full agenda.


Bijan Omrani
Editor, Asian Affairs

Mridu Rai
Presidency University Kolkata

Dina Siddiqi
Columbia University / BRAC University, Bangladesh

Farahnaz Ispahani
Woodrow Wilson Center

Christina Fink
George Washington University

Raza Rumi
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

Cassie Adcock
Washington University in St. Louis

Neil DeVotta
Wake Forest University

Ali Riaz
Illinois State University

Neeti Nair
University of Virginia and Woodrow Wilson Center

Michael Kugelman
Woodrow Wilson Center


January 8, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm