Katharine Adeney - 'The Challenges to Democracy in Modi's India'
G4/5 10 Woodland Rd
The Centre of Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series
Katharine Adeney (University of Nottingham)
The Challenges to Democracy in Modi's India
Date: 18th Oct
Venue: G4/5 10 Woodland Rd
India is often described as the world’s largest democracy and has managed to maintain this status despite (or some would argue, even because of) its very high levels of diversity. However, since the election of Narendra Modi, many academics and activists have raised concerns about Hindu Majoritarianism and its challenge to democracy and to the rule of law. The recent V-Dem report has also highlighted these dangers. How do we assess these claims and how do we know whether the claims made about the anti-democratic effects of ‘Hindu Majoritarianism’ are any different to the rule of previous governments? This seminar will assess Indian democracy across many different areas of social and political life, and address the question of whether India is moving towards an ‘ethnic democracy’ and what this means for its Muslim minority in particular. This framework has wider significance beyond an India centric ‘Hindu majoritarianism’ discussion, given the worldwide rise in populist nationalism and the language of majority ‘rights’.