Book Launch: Indian Democracy and the 2019 Elections
How can we make sense of the ongoing general elections in India, and of India's Democracy more broadly? In this seminar, we launch two new books that offer novel perspectives on the functioning of the world's largest democracy.
The ongoing Indian general election is the biggest exercise in univesal franchise anywhere in the world. This year, close to one billion voters can cast their ballot as they decide who will govern the country during the next five years.
We mark the occasion by launching and discussing two new books involving Norwegian scholars that interrogate the origins, evolution, and functioning of Indian democracy, namely Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestation (Pluto Press 2019), and Mafia Raj: The Rule of Bosses in South Asia (Stanford University Press 2018).
Kenneth Bo Nielsen (UiO; co-editor of Indian Democracy) and Arild Engelsen Ruud (UiO; co-author of Mafia Raj) will open the event with a conversation on some of the key themes explored in the two books, including the making of the Indian republic, increasing political competition, and the role of muscle and money in electoral politics. The conversation is moderated by Guro Samuelsen (UiO) and is followed by a Q&A.
Refreshments will be served on the rooftop terrace.