Kamaladevi Chattopadhayay NIF Book Prize 2020: Katherine Eban, Rajdeep Sardesai among writers longlisted for the literary award
Set-up by the New India Foundation, the prize is awarded annually to the best non-fiction book on India.
Ornit Shani’s 'How India Became Democratic: Citizenship And The Making Of The Universal Franchise' tells the fascinating story of independent India’s first general election. The Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy Blog is discussing the book in a four-part series that we're republishing here
How India became democratic - Part III: The Constitution as an instrument of foundational, radical change
Ornit Shani’s account of independent India’s first general election is invaluable: it is a point of departure for all of us to think more deeply about what 1947 meant, and how the transformative character of that moment ought to map onto how we think about our Constitution, our citizenship, and our rights
How India became democratic - Part II: On the preparation of the electoral roll as a state building project
In her book, Ornit Shani examines the role adult franchise played in India, in connecting the people to a popular democratic imagination
Ornit Shani’s How India Became Democratic: Citizenship And The Making Of The Universal Franchise tells the fascinating story of independent India’s first general election. Suhrith Parthasarathy comments on the main themes of Shani's book, and their impact on Indian constitutionalism