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

Is the government spending enough on dalits?

The Narendra Modi government has set aside Rs 52,393 crore in 2017-18 for the welfare of the dalits. On the face of it, the amount is substantial. However, an analysis of the past actual allocation shows that there has in fact been a dip in spending on schemes that are specifically meant only for dalits.

President’s post above politics: Kovind

“I will always try and it is also my belief that the president’s post should be above politics,” said NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind who filed the nomination papers on Friday.   “Since the time I became governor,  I am no longe

Unaffordable sacredness of our cattle

A lot of debate that we witness in the media on the cattle question these days suffer from the disease of speculative utopian imagination of a ‘cow-nation’ and relentless abuses for those beef-eating ‘others’.   Political debates over the question of o

“Gandhi and Tagore are the two Indian authors who redefine civilisation as a moral compass and a space of dialogue”

Ramin Jahanbegloo is a renowned philosopher who is now associated with the Jindal Global University. His latest work, The Decline of Civilization, calls for countering the ‘decivilising’ tendencies of our times by returning to Gandhi and Tagore. Jahanbegloo answered s

Should CBSE prepone the board exams?

Should CBSE prepone the board exams?

Cricket, not just a sport

In this nationalistic age, sports seem to play an important role, and in India, this can be seen during cricket matches. For most, a victory symbolises prestige and supremacy.   On Sunday, India lost to Pakistan in the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy. The defea



Video

अब पासपोर्ट हिंदी और अंग्रेजी दोनों भाषा में होगा

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter