S06E05: Muku­li­ka Baner­jee on the Cul­ti­va­tion of Democ­ra­cy in India 

This episode explores what makes repub­li­can val­ues and prac­tices impor­tant to the sur­vival of any democ­ra­cy, as well as the role of social­i­ty in cul­ti­vat­ing of a com­mon sense of pur­pose, mutu­al inter­de­pen­dence, and col­lec­tive engage­ment. What makes the agrar­i­an ethos of Indi­an vil­lage com­mu­ni­ties res­onate with the spir­it of demo­c­ra­t­ic repub­li­can­ism and how does the rur­al India vote trans­form polit­i­cal consciousness?

Guests fea­tured in this episode:

Muku­li­ka Baner­jee, Pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Polit­i­cal Sci­ence where she was also the inau­gur­al direc­tor of its South Asia Cen­tre from 2015 to 2020. Work­ing at the inter­sec­tion of social anthro­pol­o­gy, pol­i­tics, and his­to­ry, Muku­li­ka has pub­lished wide­ly on South Asia. She edits also the excel­lent Rout­ledge series, explor­ing the polit­i­cal in South Asia. Her most rel­e­vant pub­li­ca­tions to this episode are;  Why India Votes [2014]  and Cul­ti­vat­ing Democ­ra­cy, Pol­i­tics and Cit­i­zen­ship in Agrar­i­an India [2021].


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.