“Central-Local Government Relations in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India”

The Department of Political Science’s Lunch Time Series presents the talk “Central-Local Government Relations in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Theory and Evidence from West Bengal, India”. The speakers are Dr Subhasish Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Professor Mohan J Dutta is Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media.

Date:               Tuesday, 12th May 2015

Time:              12.30pm to 2.00pm (Light Refreshments is available at 12.15pm)

Venue:            Block AS1-04-01, PS Staff Meeting Room Department of Political Science

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Do register via email to polsba@nus.edu.sg so that we can cater for food

Synopsis

The role of central-local government relations in post-conflict reconstruction has not been studied systematically in the literature on civil war. We argue that decentralization may be a necessary and unavoidable aspect of any successful program of reconstruction. Our findings are based on an ethnographic study of the emerging political order in a village in the West Midnapore district of the state of West Bengal in India, one of the major “Left Wing Extremism-affected” districts of the country.

Speakers

Dr Subhasish Ray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at NUS. His research interests fall broadly in the area of ethnic politics. This paper is  part of a collaborative study on the role of local government in post-conflict reconstruction in the so-called Left Wing Extremism-affected regions of India. The project views ethnic identity as a dependent variable and examines how insurgency and counter-insurgency  affects who identifies with whom, when, and why.

Professor Mohan J Dutta is Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Adjunct Professor at the Interactive Digital Media Institute (IDMI) at NUS, and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), directing research on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalization politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and participatory social change.

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