On the 22nd of August 2014 the Political Science Department organized an interactive session with Professor Rajeev Bhargava. The session took place 11.30 on wards in the Lower Seminar Room. The topic was ‘What is political theory?’
Rajeev Bhargava is a noted Indian Political Theorist and has published works in the areas of multiculturalism, identity politics, secularism and much more. He is currently a senior fellow and director at CSDS. Some of his noted works are ‘Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy’, ‘Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution’ etc.
Though this session was primarily organized for the 1st year political science students, we had an overwhelming response from the 2nd and 3rd years as well. Students from other departments were also allowed to attend this event. Professor Bhargava entered into debates and dialogues with the students on various issues like that of role of religion in state formation, loss of indigenous languages and their effect on the evolution of political thought, nature and scope of power. Complex issues were raised, while a consensus was reached on some debates continued on others. Due to the paucity of time, Professor Bhargava had to entertain a few questions post the session, in the visitor’s room. The students went back from this session with a clearer understanding of various political theories.
– Neha Dewan, Second Year.