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Indian Democracy's Ferocious Faultlines

Speakers: Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Patrick French, Professor Sunil Khilnani, Professor Maitreesh Ghatak
Chair: Dr Ramchandra Guha 
Monday 12 March 2012, 6.30 to 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building 

This discussion investigated some of the critical faultlines in the world's largest democracy. India's robust democratic traditions and its impressive growth rates have attracted wide attention. In policy circles in the West, India is regularly paired with China as a 'rising global power'. Less well known, at least outside India, are some serious conflicts that threaten India's unity and call into question its democratic credentials. This panel focused on the underside of Indian democracy, as visible in, among other things, the continuing insurgencies in Kashmir and the north-east; a Maoist rebellion in the heart of India; growing inequalities between rich and poor; and the massively high rates of corruption within government.

To listen to the podcast for this event click here




Prof Khailnai

 Professor Sunil Khilnani is Director of King's College London's India Institute

Patrick French2

Patrick French is author of 'Liberty of Death' and 'India a portrait'


Mukulika Banerjee

  Dr Mukulika Banerjee is Reader in Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology LSE



Professor Maitreesh Ghatak is Professor in Economics at the LSE

Ramachandra Guha

Dr Ramachandra Guha is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2011-2012.







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