The M.S. Chadha Center for Global India, made possible by a gift from Sumir Chadha of Princeton’s Class of 1993, was dedicated at Princeton University on April 27.
A gift from Sumir Chadha of Princeton’s Class of 1993 has established the M. S. Chadha Center for Global India, which will bring together scholars and students from all disciplines to broadly explore contemporary India, including its economy, politics, and culture. The center is named in honor of Chadha’s grandfather, a distinguished physician who served as the director general of Health Services for India.
When Charles Yu was a young boy in the 1930s, China was in turmoil. The central government was fighting internal revolutionary forces, poverty and crime were rampant, and imperialist Japanese forces had gained control of the northeastern provinces. Troops were steadily moving south toward Charles’s village when his family fled to Manila.
During a sunrise run in China’s remote Gansu Province last summer, Sam Rasmussen ’19 felt he was traveling back in time to China as it looked decades ago. He jogged on unpaved roads through desert terrain, past homes made of adobe and farmers working in their fields. When he needed a pit stop, a farmer led Rasmussen behind his house to a concrete slab over two holes in the ground.
Simon Gikandi, Princeton's Robert Schirmer Professor of English, wanted students to experience Africa up close: "not from outside, but from inside." He took them to places where they could wander through the streets, talk to residents, and question their own assumptions. In Gikandi's six-week global seminar, "African Cities: Their Pasts and Futures," students read about African cities from different perspectives—literary, sociological, historical—studied Twi, the local language, and immersed themselves in the sites and sounds of Accra.