Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
South Asia Center presents
Indian Democracy at the Crossroads
was long regarded as an unlikely success. But in recent years there is
considerable worry about democratic backsliding in India. What are the
manifestations of this backsliding? What are the longer term social and
economic forces that are contributing to it? Where might there be possibilities
for renewal? This talk will explore these questions. It will place
the current state of Indian Democracy in historical and comparative context.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Dr. Pratap Bhanu
Mehta is one of India's leading public intellectuals. He has held several
teaching positions, including at Ashoka University, where he was also the Vice
Chancellor from 2017-2019, NYU School of Law, and at Harvard University, where
he taught for many years. Mehta has
published widely in the fields of political theory, intellectual history,
constitutional law, politics and society in India and international politics.
Dr. Mehta has
served on many central government committees, including India’s National
Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge
Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian
universities. Mehta is a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to The
, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial
, The Telegraph
, the International Herald Tribune
, and The
. His scholarly articles have
appeared in leading international referred journals in the field, as well as
numerous edited volumes.
holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in
politics from Princeton.
Co-sponsored by: Center for European Studies and Trade, Development and Political Economy
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