[CSH Workshop #Hybrid] Development through Democratization: Interpreting the Dravidian Model (Kalaiyarasan A.)

[CSH Workshop #Hybrid] Development through Democratization: Interpreting the Dravidian Model (Kalaiyarasan A.)

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


Kalaiyarasan A.

(Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai)


Development through Democratization: Interpreting the Dravidian Model

Followed by a discussion with Veena Naregal (Institute of Economic Growth)


Monday, 27 February 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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Tamil Nadu is one of the very few states in India that has managed to achieve economic growth and relatively equitable developmental outcomes. When most Indian states have been suffering from a dichotomy of economic growth versus social development, Tamil Nadu’s structural transformation has been remarkable. Less than 30% of its workforce is involved in agriculture; it is highly urbanized and has built a substantial industrial infrastructure. While this transformation has certainly created new opportunities and brought in a degree of inclusion, it has brought in fresh challenges like poor quality of jobs, changing nature of caste inequalities and reproduction of gendered power relations and a heightened ecological crisis. Drawing on archival material and secondary data, this presentation will show how such transformation was achieved and indicate its emerging limits.


Kalaiyarasan A. is an Assistant Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India. He was previously a visiting assistant professor and a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. He was also a research faculty at the National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development, a research wing of NITI Aayog (Planning Commission), Government of India. His academic interest lies in regional political economy, structural inequalities and comparative political economy in global south.  His recent publications are The Dravidian Model: Interpreting Political Economy of Tamil Nadu (Cambridge University Press 2021, co- authored) and Rethinking Social Justice (Orient Blackswan 2020 co-editor).

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CSH Workshops are in hybrid mode. We request you to pre-register before Monday, 27 February, 2:00 p.m. IST for both offline and online registration.

To attend at venue: Please note that the room capacity is limited. Seats will be reserved on a first come first basis. Kindly carry an ID proof to be granted access to the venue.

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