Reconfigurations of Citizenship in Contemporary India
August 27 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Name of Speaker: Prof. Niraja Gopal Jayal
Designation: Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University
Abstract: The landscape of citizenship in India has been in the throes of a fundamental transformation in recent times. This talk will reflect on the implications of populist leadership and the new political imaginary of nationalism for the Indian idea of citizenship. It will offer an account of the changes being wrought in the legal status of citizenship, shifting the basis of Indian citizenship from birth to descent; in the attenuation of welfare rights, and the privileging of active citizenship and duties; and in the heightened vulnerability of groups like Dalits and Muslims to violence and discrimination.
Speaker’s Bio: Niraja Gopal Jayal is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her book Citizenship and Its Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2013) won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association of Asian Studies in 2015. She is also the author of Representing India: Ethnic Diversity and the Governance of Public Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and Democracy and the State: Welfare, Secularism and Development in Contemporary India (OUP, 1999). Her several edited books include The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, co-edited with Pratap Bhanu Mehta. She has held visiting appointments at King’s College, London; the EHESS, Paris; Princeton University; and the University of Melbourne. In 2009, she delivered the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. She was Vice-President of the American Political Science Association in 2011-12.