About the Topic
Uttar Pradesh is the state where the most important social and political developments during the past three decades have taken place; the cumulative impact of mobilisation over the implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations, the Ram Janma Bhoomi Babri Masjid (RJBBM) dispute and the Dalit assertion has had all-India implications. Social Change in the state is not only rapid, destabilising power relations, but salient to our understanding of communalism. The importance of Caste and particularly the Dalit Question cannot be overestimated for politics in the State as well as the nation. Prof Pai will anchor her talk in her latest book, Everyday Communalism (2018).
About the Speaker
Prof Sudha Pai is a well-known political scientist, author and columnist. She retired as Professor of Political Science and as Rector (Pro-Vice Chancellor) of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2016. Pai has over 35 years of teaching and research experience at Gargi College, Delhi University and at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. At JNU she has taught courses and guided research in the field of Indian Politics and Comparative Politics. Her research interests include Dalit Politics, State Politics in India, Agrarian Politics, Globalisation and Legislative Governance. Pai has students who hold faculty positions in many reputed Universities, the Civil Services, Journalism and NGOs. Everyday Communalism: Riots in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh, OUP, 2018 (co-authored with Sajjan Kumar) is the latest of her many influential books. Her website can be accessed at http://www.sudhapai.com/
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