Noted scholar Rajni Kothari passes away

GN Bureau | January 19, 2015



For any student of political science, name of Rajni Kothari must surely have resonance beyond time. Kothari, who institutionalised the study of politics beyond the curriculum of universities, was the founder of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). It was under Kothari that CSDS became one of the leading institutes for research in the social sciences and humanities.

With substantial amount of work that spread across the study of caste, religion and electoral politics in India, Rajni Kothari was also, perhaps, India’s first psephologist.

In an interview to Seminar magazine Kotahri said that “Intellectuals must intervene in the political process by linking critical ideas to political debate”. In every respect an anathema to an “ivory tower” intellectual, Kothari taking his idea of “intellectuals intervening in political process” associated himself with political activism. He was involved with the People’s Union of Civil Liberties.

CSDS website describes him as a scholar known for his continuing search “on intellectual, political and ethical dimensions of contemporary reality.”

Kothari who died at the age of 84 was credited with the first electoral study in India. He carried the first election study in Kerala state elections in 1965.

“In 1967 he headed first National Election Study (NES). It was conducted in collaboration with the University of Kerala and University of Michigan. There is so much to be said about him. He was indeed the country’s one of the biggest social scientists who contributed immensely to the development of the discipline” said Praveen Rai , Academic Secretary CSDS.

His analysis of the party system in India still holds most important place in the study of party politics. Analysing the predominant position of the congress party in the post independent India, he defined Indian party system as “congress system” in his book “Politics in India.”

First published in 1970, Politics in India remains the most essential reading for the students of political science. The fact that since it was first published, 45 years ago the book never went out of print, only talks about its timeless theoretical formulations, . Last year the book the book was published with an elaborate new introduction.

Other prominent works by Kothari include Caste in Indian Politics; In Search of Humane World Order (1989); Poverty: Human Consciousness and the Amnesia of Development (1995); and Communalism in Indian Politics (1998).

Comments

 

Other News

First cargo of IndianOil’s crude oil imports from US shipped

 In a big leap aimed at diversifying its crude oil sources and boosting the country’s energy security, IndianOil Corporation has begun crude oil imports from the US. The first cargo of high-sulphur ‘Mars’ crude oil was loaded recently from St. James Port on ‘Bergitta`

Modi keeps his word: Turns up heat on benami properties

When prime minister Narendra Modi spoke about action against benami properties while delivering the I-Day address from the Red Fort ramparts, he was in fact fulfilling a promise he made during the last Mann ki Baat of 2016.   “The law against benami property was lying i

REC posts profit of Rs 1,890 crore

 Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) Limited’s, total income, as on June 30, has risen to Rs 34,614 crore as against Rs 29,952 crore in the previous corresponding quarter. The profit before tax (PBT) for the quarter is Rs 1,890 crore. The enterprise is focused on financing power pr

IRCTC unveils international tour packages

 Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), an Indian Railways’ PSU, has come up with an International tour package based on leisure and pilgrimage theme. IRCTC is one of the biggest e-commerce website across Asia.   There is Ramayana Yat

SAIL achieves significant growth in turnover

 Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) clocked a turnover of Rs 12,860 crore in the first quarter of 2017-18 FY, registering a growth of 26 percent over the turnover of Rs 10,180 crore achieved in corresponding period last year (CPLY). In the same quarter, the total sales volume at 3.028 milli

ONGC Foundation gives aid to National Cancer Institute

 ONGC has granted Rs 100 crore to turn the vision of affordable world class cancer care facilities in central India into reality. The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) first phase at Nagpur was unveiled on August 13, 2017 in the presence of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.



Video

Modi govt. imposes 1.7k penalty on RIL

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter