Internal Contradictions of the Indian Democracy: A Critical Perspective

Nitasha Kaul is a London-based Kashmiri novelist, academic, economist, and artist. Her first book was ‘Imagining Economics Otherwise’ (Routledge, 2007) and her novel ‘Residue’ was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009. She has held university positions in economics, politics, and creative writing in the UK and in Bhutan. Aside from publishing fiction and poetry she has also authored numerous articles on several themes including identity, economy, social theory and democracy. Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Westminster, London.

Dr Kaul helps us to examine the protracted disputes of recognition and redistribution that lie at the heart of democratic functioning in India. She will refer to the conflicts in Kashmir, ‘North East’ India and Naxal regions in her discussion of the internal contradictions of democracy in India, making special reference to the political and economic relationships.