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Rafiq Dossani, PhD

Senior Research Scholar; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative (former)

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March 8th, 2011

Peaceful protest as a means for overcoming discrimination

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: San Francisco Chronicle on March 6, 2011

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Rafiq Dossani asks: "Why did many Muslim Indians watch [the January 25] events in Egypt unfold with a personal interest?" He suggests that despite a difference in the governments of Mubarak-era Egypt and democratic India, the peaceful protest carried out in Egypt could serve as a positive model for overcoming discrimination.




February 25th, 2011

Rafiq Dossani addresses key South Asia issues

Shorenstein APARC News

While it is known as a leading center for the study of contemporary Northeast Asia, the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) has also conducted significant research and publishing activities about South Asia for more than a decade. Rafiq Dossani, a senior research scholar at Shorenstein APARC and a former director of Stanford's Center for South Asia, serves as the executive director of the Center’s South Asia Initiative. Addressing key South Asia issues, his diverse research interests range from entrepreneurship and technology to economics and security. Read more »



February 14th, 2011

Rafiq Dossani emphasizes the importance of acknowledging Gujarat's past as it looks to the future

Shorenstein APARC News

India's western state of Gujarat is positioning itself for overseas investment, having already attracted investment pledges from major domestic entities such as the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and the Tata Group. Shorenstein APARC senior research scholar Rafiq Dossani, who participated in the January 2011 Vibrant Gujarat road show, emphasizes that amidst the excitement over economic growth, the state must still deal with the legacy of the communal riots in 2002 that killed hundreds of people and has led to the ghettoization of the state’s Muslims, who represent 10% of its population.




November 10th, 2010

Shorenstein APARC scholars provide essential insight into Obama Asia visit

Shorenstein APARC News

President Barack Obama's visit to Asia encompassed India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan and drew attention and questions from around the world about his actions and intentions in each country, and his overall plan for U.S.-Asia relations. Shorenstein APARC scholars Gi-Wook Shin, Donald Emmerson, Daniel Sneider, and Rafiq Dossani provided the media with essential expertise and insight into the many aspects of Obama's meetings with leaders and his presence at major regional meetings.




September 15th, 2010

India takes center stage at the Copenhagen Business School

Shorenstein APARC News

Rafiq Dossani, senior research scholar at Shorenstein APARC, visited the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), September 2-3, 2010, where he spoke about the growth of India-focused teaching and research at Stanford University, India's soft-power strategy, and Indian higher education. Read more »




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Indian Muslims may find inspiration in Egypt
The parallel between the conditions of the Muslims of India and those of Mubarak's Egypt is far-fetched in that India is a functioning, stable democracy that guarantees basic freedoms to its masses - the very opposite of Mubarak's regime. If so, why did many Muslim Indians watch events in Egypt unfold with a personal interest?
March 6, 2011 in San Francisco Chronicle

Putting Business before Sentiment: India's Latest Investment Rush
... "eventually it was all about business," says Rafiq Dossani, a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center ...
February 10, 2011 in Knowledge@Wharton