Born as a facilitating group in support of the peace movement in West Bengal, particularly during the Third Joint Conference of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy - an unprecedented public gathering of 400 peace activists of the sub-continent for 4 days in Calcutta in 1996 - the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group is now known as the Calcutta Research Group (CRG). The founders were a group of researchers, trade unionists, feminist thinkers and women’s rights campaigners, academics, journalists, and lawyers. This was to be a forum for policy discussion and analysis on issues of democracy, human rights, peace, and justice. 

        Developing as a forum of mostly young public activists and socially committed researchers, CRG is now well-known for its research, dialogues, and advocacy work. It has  carved out a niche for itself in the scholar-activist world for its policy studies on autonomy, human rights, women’s dignity, issues of forced displacement and migration, peace and conflict resolution, citizenship, borders and border-conflicts, and other themes relevant to democracy.  The emphasis that CRG places on the East and the Northeast in its research and dialogues has now resulted in a strong network of scholars, activists, and institutions in the region.


Krishna Trust : Krishna Memorial Awards for Women Educationists and Caregivers

CRG now plan to collaborate more deeply and meaningfully with
Krishna Trust and organise such programmes to encourage the work for education and health of women, and care of the women in need.  This will be also a noble effort on part of CRG towards providing service to our society. For details of Krishna Trust, please CLICK HERE

Recent Publication/s
» Index of Refugee Watch (1998-2011)


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» Refugee Watch (Issues No. 46)
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Research Papers
» Cities, Rural Migrants & the Urban Poor-II : Migration & the Urban Question in Mumbai

by M.K.Jha & P. Singh, M. Vyas, R. Hebbar & M.Bandyopadhyay, S.Singh

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» Cities, Rural Migrants & the Urban Poor-III : Migration & the Urban Question in Delhi

by A. Prakash, I Dey, M.Kumar

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» Cities, Rural Migrants and  The Urban Poor: Issues of Violence and Social Justice
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Brief news, reports, views
and comments on issues of 
forced displacement


for Refugee Watch Online


Recently Concluded Programme


Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, in collaboration of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University  organized a research workshop on Popular Movements in West Bengal and Bihar (19-20 September, 2016). For details click here. A public lecture was also delivered by Sumanta Banerjee titled “The  Core  and  Contours  of  Popular  Movements  in  India  in  the near  future” as a part of MCRG’s ongoing work on Popular Movements in West Bengal and Bihar.

Venue: Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University

for Schedule ... CLICK HERE




Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Global Migration Centre, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) is organizing an international research workshop on

Borders, Violence and Challenges to Identities

(21 December – 23 December, 2016)

for details CLICK HERE



Refugee Watch Special Issue on Syrian Refugee Crises

 (For December, 2016)


for details CLICK HERE


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Welcome to Interrogating Forced Migration: 

A Research Workshop






Friday Lectures@ CRG

CRG is inviting abstracts (of not more than 300 words) from scholars, students and activists along with a short bio-note. You can mail your abstracts to
Sucharita Sengupta at

for details CLICK HERE


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