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In this lecture, Angana P. Chatterji discusses the Modi-led government’s policies configuring a Hindu nationalist state in India. The views expressed in this video are solely those of the speaker and not of Oxford Global Society. We welcome reactions from the audience (they can comment on Oxford Global Society’s YouTube channel) .

About the speaker:

Angana P. Chatterji, PhD, is the Founding Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative at the Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley. A cultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar of South Asia, her work in India since 1989 spans issues of democracy, political violence, gender, law, religion, caste and nationalism. Her foundational work with colleagues in Indian-administered Kashmir includes investigations into unknown, unmarked and mass graves. She has served on human rights commissions and offered expert testimony at the United Nations, European Parliament, United Kingdom Parliament, and United States Congress, and has been variously acknowledged and awarded for her work. Her sole and co-authored publications include: Breaking Worlds: Religion, Law, and Nationalism in Majoritarian India (2021), Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India (2019); Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal (2016); Contesting Nation: Gendered Violence in South Asia; Notes on the Postcolonial Present (2012); Kashmir: The Case for Freedom (2011); Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present; Narratives from Orissa (2009); and reports: Access to Justice for Women: India’s Response to Sexual Violence in Conflict and Social Upheaval (2015); BURIED EVIDENCE: Unknown, Unmarked and Mass Graves in Kashmir (2009); Communalism in Orissa (2006); and Without Land or Livelihood (2004).

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