Seminar and Book Launch: Modi and the Politics of Progress

In this seminar, the authors and editors of five recently published books on India draw on their work from the perspective of caste, democracy, social movements, industrialisation and nationalism, to answer the questions: what have Modi and his government achieved so far, and where they are heading?

When India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi was still the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had claimed that politics in India was divided into two camps: The vote-bank politics of the Congress versus the BJP’s politics of national progress. With Modi now halfway into his first term as Prime Minister, this is an opportune moment to ask what Modi and his government have achieved so far, and where they are heading. In short, what kind of progress does Modi represent? In this seminar, the authors and editors of five recently published books on India draw on their work to debate these questions from the perspective of caste, democracy, social movements, industrialisation and nationalism.

The seminar is followed by a reception to felicitate the publication of these books that all involve Norway-based scholars.

 

Speakers:

  • Uday Chandra (Georgetown University, Qatar), editor of “The Politics of Caste in West Bengal” (Routledge, 2016) and “Staking Claims” (Oxford University Press)
  • Geir Heierstad (Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research), editor of “The Politics of Caste in West Bengal” (Routledge, 2016) and “India’s Democracies” (Universitetsforlaget, 2016)
  • Lars Tore Flåten (University of Oslo), author of “Hindu Nationalism, History and Identity in India” (Routledge, 2016)
  • Kenneth Bo Nielsen (Asianettverket), editor of “Industrialising Rural India (Routledge, 2016) and “The Politics of Caste in West Bengal” (Routledge, 2016)
  • Patrik Oskarsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), editor of “Industrialising Rural India (Routledge, 2016)
  • Arild Engelsen Ruud (University of Oslo), editor of “India’s Democracies” (Universitetsforlaget, 2016)

 

When: 3 November, 3.30 to 5.00 PM, followed by a reception.

Published Oct. 17, 2016 6:00 PM - Last modified Oct. 17, 2016 6:00 PM