Lecture: “Farmers matter in new India’s political settlement: Discontinuous agrarian policy and new class formations ” by Dr. Sejuti Dasgupta, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1130hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560 012 


NIAS- UNDP Policy Research Initiative on Inequality and Human Development


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Farmers matter in new India’s political settlement:

Discontinuous agrarian policy and new class formations 




Dr. Sejuti Dasgupta

Former Faculty, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai


 Chairperson: Dr. Sumedha Bajar, Assistant Professor, NIAS


Date:               Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

Time:               11:30 AM

Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract:   India entered a new phase in 1991 with adoption of the structural adjustment programme. Several studies since have tended to focus on global and national factors to understand ongoing political processes. Yet, India after liberalisation cannot be regarded as a continuous period as far as its political economy is concerned. In fact, an assessment of the political settlement operating in states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Karnataka bring back role of subnational actors, particularly classes in shaping policies which in turn shape classes. The study draws its conclusions from the fieldwork that covered 140 interviews conducted across 23 districts of India


About the SpeakerSejuti Das Gupta completed her doctoral studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Right after PhD, she joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, as an Assistant Professor where she served as the Academic Coordinator for Masters in Development Practice, under the Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows' Scheme. She received Felix scholarship to conduct her doctoral research. Her current research project is a monograph on Indian agrarian political economy, based on her doctoral dissertation to be published with Cambridge University Press in 2018. Her areas of interest are agrarian political economy, public policy, class-caste and state-society interactions. She conducted empirical research in three states of India - Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Karnataka. Her core interest is to contribute towards combining theory and practice for a better understanding in social science. 


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For further information, please contact Dr. Sumedha Bajar sumedha.bajar@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2018