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Book Launch “Globalisation and Governance in India”

Dec 16, 2015

The volume “Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions”, edited by Prof. Harihar Bhattacharyya and Dr. Lion Koenig, Associate Researcher at the Cluster of Excellence, was formally launched at the Department of Political Science, the University of Delhi on 26 November 2015.

The book was launched by Prof. Achin Vanaik, former Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science, the University of Delhi and discussed by a panel including Prof. Navnita Chadha Behera (University of Delhi), Prof. Rekha Saxena (University of Delhi), Prof. Ian Greene (York University, Toronto), and Dr. Lion Koenig (Jamia Millia Islamia).

“Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions” examines the impact of globalisation on some vital aspects of Indian politics, its structures and processes, and identifies the challenges to globalisation itself, in order to highlight India’s complex and fascinating story. In 1991, India officially embraced the policy of neo-liberal reforms by signing the GATT agreement, which exposed the country, its society, culture and institutions to the various forces of globalisation. Globalisation as such may not be new to India, for the country has been embracing the influence of external cultures and civilisations for millennia, but the post-1991 reforms policy marked a significant shift, from a predominantly social welfare state and a command economy to a predominantly market driven one.

Through a range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors analyse how India’s version of secularism, communal harmony, nationhood, the public sphere, social justice, and the rights of aboriginal communities came under attack from the forces of the new dispensation. The book goes on to show how globalisation in India has posed fresh challenges to political economy, democracy, federalism, decentralization, parliamentary system, judiciary, and the parliamentary Left.

Dr. Lion Koenig is a former PhD candidate in the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies, and former member of research project A1 Citizenship. Currently he is an Associate Researcher at the South Asia Institute and at the Cluster, and Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Dr. Koenig is also the co-editor of "Politics of the Other in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts" (Routledge, 2016), and of "The Politics of Citizenship, Identity, and the State in South Asia" (Samskriti, 2012).

Harihar Bhattacharyya is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department of Political Science, at the University of Burdwan, India.

Additional information on the volume

Routledge's announcement of the book launch


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