We are SAPAC, the South Asian Political Action Committee at Tufts University. Our group comprises undergraduate students of all backgrounds and disciplines who share a keen interest in the politics of South Asia and its diaspora(s). We seek to strengthen the political presence of South Asia at Tufts through events and initiatives that broaden on-campus dialogue and empower students to engage with the region.
As scholars, activists, and artists, each of us is committed to the continual navigation of our identities, responsibilities, and capacities with respect to South Asia. Our membership in SAPAC provides us with the resources and institutional framework within which to engage these lifelong processes. Yet I believe our most vital work is to resist respectability politics by reframing our roles as 'changemakers' on this campus—to strive to amplify voices marginalized within South Asia discourse, and to build an inclusive, interdisciplinary, critical community that stretches far beyond the Hill.
This website serves as an online portfolio, allowing us to showcase some of our recent work and ongoing interests. If you are interested in learning more or developing a collaborative project, please reach out to us! Only through building these relationships can we truly serve the Tufts community.
Vidya Srinivasan '16
Tufts Daily coverage of our ongoing campaign to bring Hindi-Urdu to Tufts, including the recent passing of a resolution we co-authored with TCU Senate.
SAPAC statement of solidarity with the student protesters at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in their resistance against the Indian state.
Hershel discusses the case for a Hindi-Urdu language program at Tufts and SAPAC's ongoing project to make it happen. Be sure to fill out our student survey!
Jahnvi and Angad discuss technological innovations designed to address women's safety (or lack thereof) when traveling in India. Join SAPAC on Wednesday, April 8th for a discussion of technology and women's security!
Vidya and Kat Pong discuss Asian America, "cultural tourism," and the false "colorblindness" of the podcast Serial in the newest issue of the Tufts Observer, which focuses on "Disruption."
Tufts Daily coverage of "Qaid: A Camp-In for Kashmir"
Vidya, Angad, and Jahnvi published an op-ed in the Tufts Daily in support of the first event of the Tufts Kashmir Initiative.
In the lead-up to SAPAC's first day of photography for South Asians of the Hill, Vidya shares how her experiences contributed to the development of this campaign.
Come on over to talk about South Asian cultural appropriation and stereotyping with your favorite people on SAPAC! Whether you wanna discuss, rant, or understand, this is the event for you!
Please join SAPAC to discuss our latest project, an initiative to bring Hindi-Urdu to Tufts. **Over chai and samosas**, we'll be sharing our plan and what we've done so far, and we also hope you will come share any thoughts you may have on the matter.
Join SAPAC to discuss the recent natural disasters that have ridden South Asia and create art, whether poetry, a collage, or anything your heart desires, to reflect your feelings.
Join SAPAC for an evening with Dr. Losang Rabgey, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Machik, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, that incubates social innovation across Tibet.
In partnership with the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies, Tufts South Asian Political Action Committee (SAPAC) presents an interdisciplinary symposium showcasing undergraduate scholarship pertaining to South Asia!
South Asians of the Hill is back for our second annual photoshoot!
SAPAC invites students from all backgrounds to hear about recent innovations and collaborate on solutions, policies, plugins, and features that will positively impact public transportation in South Asia. Has Uber done enough? What do you like or dislike about their recent additions? Can apps really keep people safe? Find out at #ShouldITakeThisUber?
DARKMATTER is a trans south asian art and activist collaboration comprised of janani and alok. using poetry & polemic, tweet & tirade DM is committed to an art practice of gender self(ie) determination, racial justice, and movement building. DM has been invited to perform and facilitate workshops across the world. you can follow their antics at www.darkmatterrage.com or @darkmatterrage.
In the spirit of other on-campus protests that have called attention to underrepresented issues through “teach-ins” and “sit-ins,” we present a “camp-in” to honor the incredible courage of the thousands of Kashmiris who were trapped for endless days and nights on rooftops awaiting rescue after the floods. This event is an incredible opportunity for all to learn about the historical, literary, and cultural traditions of the “highest battleground on earth.”
Join acclaimed actor and director Nandita Das for a discussion on gender, cinema, and her activism.