Rochana Bajpai, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the SOAS, University of London
Sten Widmalm, Professor in political science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) invites you to a seminar on minority rights in the world’s largest democracy, India. One of the defining features of the Indian democracy has been its safeguarding of minority rights. Some observers now suggest that such rights are being challenged. The seminar will provide perspectives on the state of minority rights in India. Why did India constitutionalize minority rights in the first place, who argued for it and how were the ideas justified? How has the debate changed over time? How robust are public institutions and public opinion in India concerning minority rights in international comparison?