2016 ICCR lecture: Governance, Democracy and Development in India


The Forum for South Asia Studies and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, jointly hosted the 2016 ICCR Lecture Governance, Democracy and Development in India by Professor Amit Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and ICCR Chair Professor at Uppsala University on 24 May 2016.

In the scholarly debates on development, India has often been construed as the exception that proves the rule. From the modernization era debates when economic development was seen as essential for sustaining democracy, to the more recent discussions about governance, India has proven to be recalcitrant to be theorized alongside the rest of the global South. Apparent paradoxes such as a vibrant democracy coexist with sluggish economic development, and, liberal democracy can be premised on ascriptive issues, while the uneven march of development itself has thrown up many challenges for liberal democracy and the state, to mention just a few.

The lecture examined these issues with the help of three themes. Namely, the question of state capacity; the paradox of deepening of democracy premised on politics of recognition; and, the link constructed by the vulnerable sections of population between democracy and development in the era of governance. Select data from a 10,000-respondents sample survey was deployed as the empirical basis of the arguments.

Amit Prakash is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During his time at Uppsala as ICCR Chair, Professor Prakash is affiliated to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.