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'Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement' SASP lecture is Sept. 20

September 13th, 2013
Fall 2013 SASP Seminar Series

The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) will continue its fall seminar series Friday, Sept. 20, will a presentation by Niraja Gopal Jayal on “Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement.” The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Room 2390, University Capitol Centre.

Every major debate relating to citizenship in today’s world – from the status of undocumented aliens to the rights of cultural minorities – is being enacted in the political practice of contemporary India. The idea of the Indian citizen is at once the defining aspiration of modern India as also its most contested political idea. This talk surveys a century of disagreement about citizenship in India, on three of its core dimensions: citizenship as legal status; citizenship as rights and entitlements; and citizenship as identity. These varied disputations underline the fragility of the constitutional settlement, and signal the erosion of its vision of citizenship.

Indian Citizenship: A Century of Disagreement

Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History is Prof. Jayal's latest publication

Jayal is a professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. She is the author of Citizenship and Its Discontents: An Indian History (Harvard University Press, 2013) and Representing India: Ethnic Diversity and the Governance of Public Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), among other publications. She is the co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Politics in India (2010). Jayal served as vice president of the American Political Science Association in 2011-12.

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