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Public talk by Dr. Ornit Shani: "How India Became Democratic"

Foredrag — Senior Lecturer, Dr. Ornit Shani, from the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifia, will give a talk on "How India Became Democratic".


Date & Time:

Meeting room 10-4-05, KUA2, Southern Campus

Hosted by:
Centre of GLobal South Asian Studies, ToRS and ADI


How India Became Democratic explores the greatest experiment in democratic human history. It tells the untold story of the preparation of the electoral roll on the basis of the universal adult franchise in the world’s largest democracy. The book offers a new view of the institutionalisation of democracy in India, and of the way democracy captured the political imagination of its diverse peoples. Drawing on rich archival materials, the book shows how the Indian people were a driving force in the making of democratic citizenship as they struggled for their voting rights.

Dr. Ornit Shani is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa. She is a scholar of the politics and modern history of India. Ornit received her PhD from the University of Cambridge. She was a Research Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge University. Her current research focuses on the modern history of democracy and citizenship in India.