Pradip Datta Lecture

'The Changing Nation-ness of Contemporary India'

India is currently at its most important crossroad since its independence from the British Empire. The shift is from a coalitional mode of political governance to a politico-social system that draws its power from religious identitarianism. The talk will look at the emergence of a new kind of social politics that bases itself on regulated consensus.

Pradip Datta has drawn on social history, literary and political studies to understand antagonistic identity formations in modern India, while going on to explore the grounds of inclusive formations of modern identities. He is now working on the theology and practice of globality in Rabindranath Tagore. Pradip currently teaches the political thought of modern India and the Global South at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His publications include Carving Blocs: Communal ideological formations in modern Bengal and Heterogeneities: Identity formations in modern India.

Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Persson Hall, 27

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