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Penn School of Arts and Sciences Monday, January 3, 2022

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2022!

Federalism, Economy and Welfare in India: Historical Antecedents of Centralism

Louise Tillin
January 3, 2022

In the latest issue of India in Transition, Louise Tillin, Professor of Politics and Director, King’s India Institute, examines the historical antecedents of India’s distinctive form of centralized federalism and explores some of the political economy factors that influenced the choice of federal design.

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This article is the first in a set of guest-edited IiT short series. The articles in this series seek to make sense of the many manifestations of political and economic centralization in India today, with a particular focus on the historical antecedents of India’s federal institutions and how greater centralization in these institutions is altering state-business relations, India’s welfare architecture, as well as electoral competition. In 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power with a thumping victory, winning 303 out of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha. This marked the first time since 1984 that a single party won a majority of seats in back-to-back national elections, and the first time a party other than the Congress Party achieved this feat. This massive electoral mandate given to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has evidently ushered in a period of nearly unprecedented political and economic centralization. Recent months have seen a rapidly deteriorating relationship between the Centre and many states in India, so much so that author Louise Tillin has referred to the current situation as “a defining moment for the future of Indian federalism.” (Guest Editor: Neelanjan Sircar, CASI Fall 2021 Visiting Scholar; Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research)

Ambassador Shyam Saran to Deliver Upcoming CASI-Khemka Lecture

On February 24, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST | 8:30 p.m. IST, Ambassador Shyam Saran (26th Foreign Secretary of India) will deliver a virtual CASI-Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture titled "Overlapping Peripheries: How Will India and China Navigate the Asian Century?" The lecture is in partnership with the Andrea Mitchell Center, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Perry World House. [Register]

CASI Welcomes Applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2022-23

CASI invites applications to fill a postdoctoral fellowship position for the 2022-23 academic year. The position is open to applicants from the humanities and social sciences whose work focuses on contemporary India. We welcome candidates from a wide range of disciplinary traditions and methodological orientations. Applications will be reviewed starting Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

CASI Student Programs

Application for CASI's Summer Internship Program are NOW OPEN!

CASI is resuming the Summer Internship Program and will send students to India in May 2022! Though we will operate in a limited capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to extend opportunities to Penn students interested in working with Aravind Eye Care Systems and The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). Interested in learning more? Check out the updates on our Summer Internships page.

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Questions about CASI Student Programs?
Please contact Laura Iwanyk, Assistant Director, CASI Student Programs and Outreach, liwanyk@upenn.edu

2021-22 CASI Virtual Seminar Series

January 20, 2022, 12:00 noon EST | 10:30pm IST via Zoom

"More Ideas, More Problems: Government Thinking During a Crisis"

CASI / South Asia Center / Andrea Mitchell Center Book Talk with Bilal Baloch (Co-Founder and COO, Enquire; CASI Non-Resident Visiting Scholar; CASI 2017-19 Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

January 27, 2022, 12 noon EST | 10:30pm IST via Zoom

"The Making of Land and the Making of India"

CASI / South Asia Center / Penn Earth & Environmental Science / Penn Anthropology Book Talk with Nikita Sud (Associate Professor of Development Studies, Oxford University)

February 3, 2022, 12 noon EST | 10:30pm IST via Zoom

"Government of and by Apps: Mobile Infrastructures in 'Digital' India"

CASI / South Asia Center / Penn Anthropology Seminar with Nafis Aziz Hasan (CASI Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

VIEW VIDEOS of CASI past events—Transcript, English captions, Hindi subtitles available on select events

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