February 27, 2021
New Delhi: The University of Chicago Center in Delhi, in collaboration with American Institute of Indian Studies, and Oxford University Press, launches the book: ‘Interpreting Politics: Situated Knowledge, India, and the Rudolph Legacy.
The book was launched in the presence of distinguished panelists including Christophe Jaffrelot, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS, Paris and King’s College, London; Kalaiyarasan A, Brown University; Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi; John Echeverri-Gent, University of Virginia; Kamal Sadiq, University of California, Irvine; Yamini Aiyar, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi; Suhas Palshikar, SP Pune University and Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics; Paul Staniland, The University of Chicago.
The volume describes and discusses how Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph’s rigorous and remarkably empathetic scholarship produced seminal insights about India’s politics. The book includes path breaking analysis of trends in political mobilization in India. The volume elaborates how ‘situated knowledge’ shapes discourse, moral imagination, political strategies, and institutional change. It further sheds light upon how the interaction of caste, class, gender, and religion structures political mobilization; how changing social and political relations affect education policy and civil-military relations; and how political leadership is forging the future of politics in India. The contributors pay tribute to the Rudolphs’ scholarship by examining its contribution to their own cutting-edge research as they advance the frontiers of the study of Indian politics and social science writ large.