India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi can claim to have restored India’s economic growth trajectory and built a remarkable international profile. He has positioned himself domestically as a leader who gets things done. However, he is seeking to make fundamental changes to the relationship between New Delhi and the states, between politics and business, and, more controversially, between society and religion.
India is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse civilisations and the largest democracy in the world. However, freedom of expression for many Indians is increasingly at risk.
Indian citizens have a fundamental right to equality, recognized in the 1950 Constitution. But caste, religious, gender and sexual equality remain elusive for many Indians. Indians also debate whether recent market liberalization is making things better or worse. This talk explores the meaning and reality of equality in post-independence India, how things are changing today, and the prospects for greater equality in the future.