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Democratic Authoritarianism in India in a Comparative Global Perspective

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Ashoka University
Monday, November 18, 2019 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
A17 Julis Romo Rabinowitz
Monday, November 18, 2019 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

This lecture will examine the global context of the rise of Democratic Authoritarianism in India. It will look at the deeper structural factors driving the turn towards authoritarianism in India, and draw comparisons with a number of other regions of the world including the Americas and Europe.

Speaker: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Ashoka University

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is a professor of political science and the former vice-chancellor of Ashoka University. He has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and in the Global Faculty program at NYU School of Law. He has published widely in political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.

His most recent publications include The Oxford Handbook to the Indian Constitution, Rethinking India's Public Institutions; Non-Alignment 2.0, The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, India and Multilateralism, and the Burden of Democracy.

Mehta has also served in a number of policy roles including member convenor of the National Knowledge Comission, member of the National Security Advisory Board, and member of the Lyngdoh Committee. He chairs the jury for the Holberg Prize.

Mehta is also an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and a regular columnist. In addition,n he has written for the Financial Times and a number of leading national and international publications. He is on the editorial board of American Political Science Review and Journal of Democracy.

Mehta earned his B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford and his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

Sponsored by
M.S. Chadha Center for Global India