Release of “India since 1950”, edited by Prof Christophe Jaffrelot, 13 December 2011

Release of “India since 1950”, edited by Prof Christophe Jaffrelot
Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, Institut Français en Inde, Sciences Po and Yatra Books had the pleasure of launching India since 1950, edited by Prof Christophe Jaffrelot, on Tuesday, 13 December 2011.

(L to R) Prof N. Kamala, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Shri Vishvajit P. Singh, former Member of Parliament, Prof Christophe Jaffrelot, French Political scientist, Shri Gilles Verniers, Sciences Po representative to India, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, former MoS for External Affairs and Shri Prem Shankar Jha , Political analyst, former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India


Prof Christophe Jaffrelot was joined in a panel discussion on the book by

- Dr Shashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, former Minister of State for External Affairs

- Shri Vishvajit P. Singh, former Member of Parliament

-  Shri Prem Shankar Jha, Political analyst, former Media Adviser to the Prime Minister

-  Prof N. Kamala, Professor, Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
The discussion was moderated by Mr Gilles Verniers, Sciences Po Representative to India.


About the book

India has recently asserted itself on the international scene, strengthened by its economic reforms, its newly acquired status as a nuclear power and by virtue of its cultural dynamism best represented by its literature and cinema. India since 1950 tracks the dynamic trajectory of contemporary India as much on the political, diplomatic, economic as on the social and artistic fronts. It is impossible to understand India as a separate entity from its cultural diversity. Hence cultural overtures underpin all aspects of the book, which gives an insight into India in all its complexity.


Christophe Jaffrelot is a French political scientist specialising in the political and regional issues of South Asia, particularly India and Pakistan. Research Director at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), he teaches South Asian Politics and History at the premier social sciences university, Sciences Po, Paris. Prof Jaffrelot’s publications include The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics (1925 to 1990s, 1996 and 1999), India’s Silent Revolution: the Rise of the Lower Castes in North (2003), Dr Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste (2005). He has also edited Pakistan: Nationalism without a Nation? (2002) and Religion, Caste and Politics in India (2010), and co-edited, with P. Van der Veer, Patterns of Middle Class Consumption in China and India (2008), as well as, with L. Gayer, Militias of South Asia (2010). 

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