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From ‘People’ to ‘Citizen’: Democracy’s Must Take Road

by: Dipankar Gupta

Dipankar Gupta brings together social theory with policy practice to enlarge our understanding of the difference that democracy makes to the life of a nation.  Unlike nationalism, democracy takes our attention away from the past to the future by focusing on the specific concerns of ‘citizenship’. Historical victories or defeats, blood and soil are now […]

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Dipankar Gupta brings together social theory with policy practice to enlarge our understanding of the difference that democracy makes to the life of a nation.  Unlike nationalism, democracy takes our attention away from the past to the future by focusing on the specific concerns of ‘citizenship’. Historical victories or defeats, blood and soil are now nowhere as relevant as the creation of a foundational base where individuals have equal, and quality, access to health, education, and even urban services. The primary consideration, therefore, is on empowering ‘citizens’ as a common category and not ‘people’ of any specific community or class. When citizens precede all other considerations, the notion of the ‘public’ too gets its fullest expression. Differences between citizens are not denied, in fact encouraged, but only after achieving a basic unity first. This book argues that the call of citizenship not only advances democracy, but social science as well.

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Dipankar Gupta is one of India’s leading sociologists and public intellectuals. During his distinguished career, he has held several  professorial positions  both in India and  abroad. To name only  four, he is a former  Professor of Sociology, at The Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi and Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was also the Leverhulme Professor in London School of Economics, and Fulbright Professor in the University of Massachusetts. Dipankar Gupta has Authored 20 books, three of which are , QED: India Tests Social Theory, New Delhi: Oxford University Press,  Delhi,2017;  Justice before Reconciliation: Towards a New Normal in Post-Riot Mumbai and Ahmedabad  Routledge, New Delhi, 2011 and The Caged Phoenix: Can India Fly? Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2010 . He was awarded Chevalier De L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Artes and Letters) by the French Government  in 2010, and  The Doctorate, Honoris Causa, by Burdwan University in 2013.

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