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The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta

October 20, 2015 · 12-1PM

Fayerweather Hall Room 411

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an open forum for Columbia faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research with MA students and other graduate students and faculty. This stimulating discussion is open to faculty and Columbia University graduate students only. No registration is required.

About the speaker

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is the Fall 2015 Ahuja Fellow at the South Asia Institute. Mehta is president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is a political scientist who has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs. Dr. Mehta holds a B.A. (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences – Political Science.

Dr. Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Dr. Mehta is a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and the Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs.

Special thanks to our host CGT member Adam Tooze and the Department of History, as well as the South Asian Institute’s Colloquium Series.

Lunchtime Seminar

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an open forum for Columbia faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research with MA students and other graduate students and faculty. This stimulating discussion is open to faculty and Columbia University graduate students only. No registration is required.

Below is the schedule for Fall 2015. The seminar takes place on Tuesdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall Room 411. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

Fall 2015 Schedule

September 15

Akeel Bilgrami: "The Enlightenment, Enchantment, and the Mentality of Democracy"

October 6

Abram de Swaan: "Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism"

October 13

Csaba Békés: "Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1988-1991"

October 20

Pratap Bhanu Mehta: "The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought"

October 27

Michael Doyle: “The Question of Intervention”

November 10

Partha Chatterjee: "The Legacy of Bandung”

December 1

Amber Miller: "Title" TBD