Globalization and Delhi: Where to from here? – Professor Partha S. Ghosh

Free Public Lecture, Melbourne – 22 August 2012

This event is presented by the Community Sustainability program.

Delhi is India’s eternal city.  From the days of Mahabharata in the second millennium BC to the present it has figured prominently in Indian life whether its rulers were Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims or Christians.  As a symbol of Indian nationalism no other city laid any comparable claim.  After it became British India’s capital its population grew as never before to which the Partition and the recent economic boom, thanks to India’s plunge into globalized economy, have contributed massively.  With its present 22.2 million people the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi is the largest Indian metropolitan region by area and second to Greater Mumbai by population.  In world ranking it is amongst the top ten.  But in spite of all this Delhi is still provincial in several respects.  Its politics is parochial, its migratory patterns are ethnically driven and the presence of Delhi villages is anachronistic.  In that sense is Delhi is India’s microcosm.  Delhi is not only eternal, it is also enigmatic.

About the speaker:

Partha S. Ghosh is a Professor of South Asian Studies at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.  His areas of interest are South Asian politics, ethnicity and domestic politics-foreign policy interface. Partha has also been a Visiting Professor at the OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, a Humboldt Fellow at the Heidelberg University, a Ford Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.  For many years he served as a Research Director at the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi.

His books include Politics of Personal Law in South Asia (New Delhi: Routledge, 2007), Unwanted and Uprooted: A Political Study of Refugees, Migrants, Stateless and Displaced in South Asia (New Delhi: Samskriti, 2004); Ethnicity versus Nationalism – The Devolution Discourse in Sri Lanka (New Delhi: Sage, 2003), and BJP and the Evolution of Hindu Nationalism (New Delhi: Manohar, 1999, 2000) and several other co-edited books and academic journals. Partha’s forthcoming book is an edited volume entitled India’s North-East and Beyond: Cross-National Perspectives (New Delhi: Inter-India Publications).  Ghosh is also  the Editor of India Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi.

Date:  Wednesday 22 August 2012

Time:  4.30pm-6.00pm

Venue:  RMIT City Campus, Research Lounge, (entry via RMIT Building 8, Level 5), 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne

RSVP:  email priyanka.patel@rmit.edu.au by 15 August 2012 (the lecture is free but bookings are essential)