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2024 Elections in India: Can a Hindu Homeland Be a Democracy?

Kanchan Chandra '93, Professor of Politics at New York University, will discuss the upcoming general elections in India.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Haldeman Hall 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences, Lectures & Seminars

General Elections in India are scheduled to take place from April 19th to June 1st, with results to be announced June 4th.  The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party that has ruled the country since 2014 and which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leads all other parties. What can we expect in the election?  Will the election mark continuity with the policies of the past 5-10 years or will it bring significant change? Will the BJP use the elections to consolidate its policies of fashioning India into a Hindu Homeland? What will the election mean for various minorities in the country?

This event will be recorded and livestreamed. Please click here to register for the webinar. 

Kanchan Chandra, Professor of Politics at New York University obtained her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2000, and her A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1993. She recently served as the President of the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association (2018-20) and Chair of NYU's South Asia Program (2016-7). She specializes in the study of democracy, ethnic identity politics and South Asian politics. She is the author or lead author of Democratic Dynasties (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and of articles in several leading journals. She has also written occasionally for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Quartz, the BBC, the Washington Post, the Times of India, the Hindu, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, Caravan, Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, and Frontline. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Carnegie Corporation Fellowship, and fellowships or grants from the Princeton Program on Democracy and Development, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Harvard Academy, the SSRC-Macarthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Institute of Peace. 

Made possible thanks to generous support from the Bodas Family South Asia Programming Fund. Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages, the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Government Department, and the Political Economy Project. 

For more information, contact:
Hope Rennie

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.