Professor Rahul Mukherji will argue that India has regressed in the direction of what comparative politics scholars call a "competitive authoritarian" regime. Competitive authoritarian regimes signify an "in-between" situation between democracy and authoritarianism. They are competitive in the sense that the democratic opposition can win elections. On the other hand, they are authoritarian because incumbents have created an uneven playing field that makes it more difficult for the democratic opposition to rise. His presentation will detail how civil society organizations in the non-communal space have been attacked. Is there a relationship between the identity of an organization and the nature of attacks, pointing towards the consolidation of a certain vision of the idea of India?


We will have space for a limited number of participants in-person at the Glover Cottages, tickets to be pre-paid . Once the limit for in-person attendees is reached, tickets will no longer be sold on the website or at the door. In-person attendees will get priority during the Q & A session.

Refreshments will be served from 6pm at Glover Cottages.

This event will also be streamed online via Zoom. Register by clicking the "get tickets" button below. Once you have registered, you will receive a follow-up confirmation email on the day of the event (Tuesday, August 22) containing details of the Zoom link and how to join the event.

The event will start at 6.30pm AEST (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne time), Tuesday August 22.

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