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Dr. Subrata Mitra on Citizenship in India
March 30, 2010

Talking about citizenship as a valued resource whose wide dispersal across the population enhances the resilience of a political system, Dr. Subrata Mitra also discussed legal entitlement to citizenship under the laws of the land as a necessary condition, that does not suffice for the individual to feel the full power and potentials of citizenship. Other complementary factors such as rights, capacity, sentiments, and a sense of moral obligation that enhance the sense of citizenship were also brought up.

Professor Mitra received a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, NY, in Political Science.  His research deals with democratization in South Asia, the interaction of traditional values and modern institutions, the role of identity and religion in Indian politics, as well as the functioning of political parties and institutions in South Asia.