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Presented By: Center for South Asian Studies

CSAS Lecture | Market Futures: On Capital and Resistance in India Adda, Davos

Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
The spectacular assembly of the global elite at the World Economic Forum, Davos is a brief moment when the powerful networks of capital become visible. It is here we witness the “India Adda”, an investment pavilion where India performs its cultural difference—adda, a place or assembly of people—as a modern, investor-friendly India, albeit an India rooted in tradition. Taking Adda, Davos as a global theatre of commerce, I address the shifting state-capital power dynamics in post-liberalization India. I specifically focus on how the language of anti-colonial resistance came to be incorporated in the service of Indian capital in the world of free markets.

Ravinder Kaur is a historian of contemporary India. She is Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her most recent work is “Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Century India” (Stanford University Press, 2020 and Harper Collins, 2021).

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Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
Ravinder Kaur, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

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