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Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain University

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Friday 12 Jul 2019


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Steve Wilkinson will explore when so many colonies did not transition to democracy, India did, despite sharing a common institutional legacy with its neighbour Pakistan, whose democratic consolidation has been much more troubled. He will explore in particular two aspects of India’s success: the importance of party development and political devolution in the decades before Indian independence, imperfect and constrained as it was, in explaining good outcomes in the 1950s and 1960s; and India’s success in solving the problem of civil military relations.

Steve Wilkinson will also be in conversation with Dr. Sandeep Shastri.



Steve Wilkinson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies, and a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University- where he is also the Henry R. Luce Director of the Whitney, and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Wilkinson has worked on the causes of ethnic violence, and his first book, Votes and Violence: electoral competition and ethnic riots in India (Cambridge, 2004), examines the political roots of communal conflict in South Asia. The book was awarded the Woodrow Wilson prize by the American Political Science Association. He is also interested in corruption surrounding politics, and edited the book Patrons, Clients or Politics: Patterns of Political Accountability and Competition (Cambridge, 2007) with Herbert Kitschelt. Wilkinson’s most recent book is Army and Nation, which came out in January 2015 from Harvard University Press (Permanent Black in South Asia), which uses archival data from India and the UK, as well as post-independence sources to examine India’s success in managing the imbalanced colonial army it inherited in 1947. The book has been well received in India as well as Pakistan- where in 2017 the new army chief General  Bajwa reportedly recommended it to his commanders.
Wilkinson is currently working with Saumitra Jha (Stanford GSB) on a book on War and Political Change, the first part of which- on the role of veterans in the partition of India, has been published in article form in the American Political Science Review. The next part of this project looks at the role of returned veterans from the American war of Independence in the French Revolution.

Dr. Sandeep Shastri

Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain University

Dr. Sandeep Shastri is the Pro Vice Chancellor of JAIN – a deemed to be University, and heads its Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Education (CERSSE). He prefers to call himself a researcher by training, a teacher by passion, a trainer by practice and above all a lifelong learner. His research has focussed on understanding Indian politics from the prism of citizen perspectives. His writings have largely been on Electoral politics, Karnataka politics and Federalism. He has authored over seven books, written over fifty chapters in edited books, and over seventy five articles in referral journals. He is the Co-Chair of the Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) that focuses on Comparative Survey Research. As the National Coordinator of the Lokniti network, he has been part of the team that has undertaken the National Election Study for the last quarter of the century.

Dr. Shastri has served as a Consultant to prestigious international agencies. He has been a United Nations Consultant on Political Parties Reform in the Pacific Rim countries. He was the World Bank Consultant on Governance in Nepal. He leads the Forum of Federations Consultancy Project in Myanmar on Capacity Building for Transition to Democracy. He was also part of the Forum of Federations team that was involved in Consultancy on Constitutional Making in South Sudan and Federalism reform in Sudan. Dr. Shastri is a leading election analyst and features regularly on the electronic media and is currently the Election Analyst for India Today TV. Dr. Shastri writes for the print media in Kannada, Hindi and English andmore than 200 of his OpEd page articles have appeared in well known newspapers. Dr. Shastri was privileged to play a key role in drafting Karnataka’s Youth Policy by serving as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the said policy. He has given lectures at prestigious universities across the world in over 50 countries.