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Author & Professor, Ashoka University

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 16 Jul 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Indira Gandhi’s catchy slogan in the 1971 general election is usually seen as emblematic of the vacuous populist politics she espoused in the 1970s. This received wisdom, the lecture suggests, overlooks a deep and under-appreciated transformation of the Indian state’s developmental ambitions in this period.

The lecture by Srinath Raghavan traces the emergence of a new framework of thinking about poverty and the policy approaches that flowed in its wake. These incipient ideas and programmes were powered by a major change in the financial architecture of the Indian state that took place concurrently. Together, these signaled a far-reaching transformation of the Indian state’s approach to development, that persists to date. The talk will be followed by Q&A session with the audience.

This lecture is a part of Azim Premji University’s Public Lecture Series.

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Srinath Raghavan

Author & Professor, Ashoka University

Srinath Raghavan is a professor of International Relations and History at Ashoka University and is the author of several books, including The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia (Penguin Allen Lane, 2018), India’s War: The Making of Modern South Asia, 1939-1945 (Penguin Allen Lane, 2016), 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh (Permanent Black, 2013), and War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years (Permanent Black, 2010).

Raghavan has also written the official history of the Kargil War for the Government of India. His book on India in the 1970s will be published in 2025. He is the recipient of the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences (2015).