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The Department of Political Science, with the assistance of the Division of International Studies & Programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is pleased to introduce its India Program - a unique joint partnership between A&M-Kingsville; the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University-College Station; and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

The Program is being co-directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, A&M-Kingsville; Dr. Kishore Gawande, Professor of Economics, the Bush School, Texas A&M-College Station; and by Dr. Aditya Mukherjee, Director, JNIAS.

The Program will include graduate and undergraduate students traveling to and staying in India from December 28th, 2010, through January 14th, 2011, attending classes at JNIAS, and visiting multiple sites through field trips in the greater New Delhi region. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, health, environmental policies, nuclear issues, etc., with reference to both greater Asia and India.

This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the uniqueness of India.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Going to see a Bollywood movie was at the top of my check list for things to do in India. Caleb and I decided to catch a movie on Tuesday (January 4, 2011). We picked up a newspaper from the front desk and checked out some of the movie times. We decided on the earlier time, and we would leave after dinner. While waiting for dinner, I read a newspaper called Mid-Day. I flipped to a section titled “Cupid Works Overtime” to check out what everyone was wearing. These amazing pictures at the top of the page caught my attention. Then, I stood up, and said, “Wait a minute!” Caleb asked,“what? What is going on?” I had no time to answer him, I ran out of the room, while slipping and sliding on the marble floors because I was in socks. I sprinted down the stairs while taking many of them three at a time. Excitement, excitement, excitement!  I ran up to Heather and showed her the paper, which was ripped due to my inability to remain calm. Heather screamed, and everyone gathered around us. People were coming out of their rooms due to all of the commotion. The newspaper had printed two pictures of Heather, Sarah, Kelly, and me when we were out on New Year’s Eve! The pictures were meant to show scenes around New Delhi of people celebrating New Year’s. So, our group made the local papers! We all felt like celebrities! Careful scrutiny of the pictures will show Caleb’s face in the distant background. He, obviously, was not the star we girls were!
 ~ Amanda W

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