[CSH Seminar #Hybrid] Planning Democracy: How a Professor, an Institute, and an Idea Shaped India (N. Menon)

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The Centre de Sciences Humaines is pleased to invite you to the CSH Hybrid Seminar


Nikhil MENON

(Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame)


Planning Democracy: How a Professor, an Institute, and an Idea Shaped India

Followed by discussion with Baishakh CHAKRABARTI (CSH)

Monday, 23 January 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm IST

Centre de Sciences Humaines
IFI-CSH conference room (ground floor)
2 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi – 110011

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India’s Five-Year Plans were one of the developing world’s most ambitious experiments. After nearly two centuries of colonial rule, planning the economy was meant to be independent India’s route from poverty to prosperity. Planning Democracy explores how India married liberal democracy to a socialist economy. Planning not only built India’s data systems, it even shaped the nature of its democracy. The Five-Year Plans loomed so large that they linked surprisingly far-flung contexts-from computers to Bollywood to Hindutva. The book brings the world of planning to life through the intriguing story of a gifted scientist known as the Professor, a trail-blazing research institute in Calcutta, and the alluring idea of ‘democratic planning’. Set amidst global conflicts and international debates, it reveals how India walked a tightrope between capitalism and communism. Planning Democracy recasts our understanding of the Indian republic, uncovering how planning came to define the nation and revealing the ways in which it continues to shape our world today.


Nikhil Menon is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He was educated at Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and completed his PhD at Princeton University. Menon’s first book Planning Democracy was published in India by Penguin and elsewhere by Cambridge University Press. It was awarded the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute for Indian Studies for the best book manuscript on an Indian subject. His next book project is on Indian cultural diplomacy—a history of the Indian state’s pursuit of soft power.

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