Abstract: This talk explores the deep social transformations that have made the dominance of the BJP possible. It will take a longer view of the trajectory of Indian democracy and explore the profound changes in social and economic identities underway that have prepared a propitious ground for the rise of the BJP.
The Speaker: Prof Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Internationally renowned scholar and political scientist Prof Pratap Bhanu Mehta taught at Harvard, at New York University, and at JNU. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the Ashoka University till recently and has served as the President of Centre for Policy Research – a premier think tank in India. He studied at Oxford University and has a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prof. Pratap Bhanu Mehta is a columnist at The New Indian Express. He is a leading public intellectual and is known for his bold and thoughtful voice for reason and justice. Among many honours and prizes to his credit, he is the recipient of the Infosys Prize, the Adisheshiah Prize, and the Amartya Sen Prize.