Articles and Essays

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Journal Articles

Cooper, Garrick, Charles W. Mills, Sudipta Kaviraj, and Sor-hoon Tan. 2017. ‘Responses to James Tully’s “Deparochializing Political Theory and Beyond”’. Journal of World Philosophies 2 (1).
Kaviraj, Sudipta. 1983. ‘On the Status of Marx’s Writings on India’. Social Scientist 11 (9): 26–44.
———. 1984. ‘On the Crisis of Political Institutions in India’. Contributions to Indian Sociology 18 (2): 223–43.
———. 1986. ‘Indira Gandhi and Indian Politics’. Economic and Political Weekly 21 (38–39): 1697–1708.
———. 1994. ‘Crisis of the Nation-State in India’. Political Studies 42 (1_suppl): 115–29.
———. 1997a. ‘Filth and the Public Sphere: Concepts and Practices about Space in Calcutta’. Public Culture 10 (1): 83–113.
———. 1997b. ‘The General Elections in India’. Government and Opposition 32 (1): 3–24.
———. 2000a. ‘Modernity and Politics in India’. Daedalus 129 (1): 137–62.
———. 2000b. ‘Laughter and Subjectivity: The Self-Ironical Tradition in Bengali Literature’. Modern Asian Studies 34 (2): 379–406.
———. 2005a. ‘An Outline of a Revisionist Theory of Modernity’. European Journal of Sociology / Archives Européennes de Sociologie 46 (3): 497–526.
———. 2005b. ‘The Sudden Death of Sanskrit Knowledge’. Journal of Indian Philosophy 33 (1): 119–42.
———. 2005c. ‘On the Enchantment of the State: Indian Thought on the Role of the State in the Narrative of Modernity’. European Journal of Sociology / Archives Européennes de Sociologie 46 (2): 263–96.
———. 2014a. ‘The Curious Persistence of Colonial Ideology’. Constellations 21 (2): 186–98.
———. 2014b. ‘A Strange Love of the Land: Identity, Poetry and Politics in the (Un)Making of South Asia’. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, no. 10 (December).
———. 2018a. ‘Marx and Postcolonial Thinking’. Constellations 25 (1): 3–17.
———. 2018b. ‘Contradictions of Conservatism’. Studies in Indian Politics 6 (1): 1–14.
———. 2021. ‘Where Is the Breughel Village? Community and the Radical Tradition’. Philosophy & Social Criticism 47 (4): 408–25.

Book Chapters

Ahmed, Hilal, and Sudipta Kaviraj. 2018. ‘Indian Democracy and the World’s Largest Muslim Minority’. In Democratic Transition in the Muslim World: A Global Perspective, edited by Alfred Stepan, 201–26. New York: Columbia University Press.
Kaviraj, Sudipta. 1976. ‘The Self-Falsifying Prophecy’. In The Political Miscellany: Essays in Memory of Professor Ramesh Chandra Ghosh, edited by Amal K. Mukhopadhyay, 15–22. Calcutta: K P Bagchi and Company.
———. 1986. ‘The Heteronomous Radicalism of M. N. Roy’. In Political Thought in Modern India, edited by Thomas Pantham and Kenneth L. Deutsch, 209–35. New Delhi: SAGE Publications.
———. 1989. ‘On Political Explanation in Marxism’. In Perspectives on Capitalism, edited by Sudipta Kaviraj and Krishna Bharadwaj, 132–74. New Delhi: SAGE Publications.
———. 1991. ‘On State, Society and Discourse in India’. In Rethinking Third World Politics, edited by James Manor, 72–99. London: Longman.
———. 1992a. ‘Marxism and the Darkness of History’. In Emancipations, Modern and Postmodern, edited by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, 79–102. London: SAGE Publications.
———. 1992b. ‘The Imaginary Institution of India’. In Subaltern Studies VII, edited by Partha Chatterjee and Gyanendra Pandey, 1–39. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
———. 1995a. ‘Democracy and Development in India’. In Democracy and Development, edited by Ameya Kumar Bagchi, 92–130. International Economic Association Series. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
———. 1995b. ‘The Reversal of Orientalism: Bhudev Mukhopadhyay and the Project of Indigenist Social Theory’. In Representing Hinduism: THe Construction of Religious Traditions and National Identity, edited by Vasudha Dalmia and Heinrich von Stietencron, 253–79. New Delhi: SAGE Publications.
———. 2002. ‘Ideas of Freedom in Modern India’. In The Idea of Freedom in Asia and Africa, edited by Robert H. Taylor, 97–142. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
———. 2009a. ‘Marxism in Translation: Critical Reflections on Indian Radical Thought’. In Political Judgement: Essays for John Dunn, edited by Raymond Geuss and Richard Bourke, 172–200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
———. 2009b. ‘Writing, Speaking, Being: Language and the Historical Formation of Identities in India’. In Language and Politics in India, edited by Asha Sarangi, 312–50. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
———. 2010. ‘On Thick and Thin Religion: Some Critical Reflections on Secularization Theory’. In Religion and the Political Imagination, edited by Ira Katznelson and Gareth Stedman-Jones, 336–55. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
———. 2012a. ‘On the Historicity of “the Political”: Rajaniti and Politics in Modern Indian Thought’. In Comparative Political Thought, edited by Michael Freeden and Andrew Vincent. Routledge.
———. 2012b. ‘The Empire of Democracy: Reading Indian Politics through Tocqueville’. In Anxieties of Democracy: Tocquevillean Reflections on India and the United States, edited by Ira Katznelson and Partha Chatterjee. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
———. 2013a. ‘Global Intellectual History’. In Global Intellectual History, edited by Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori, 295–319. New York: Columbia University Press.
———. 2013b. ‘Modernity, State, and Toleration in Indian History’. In Boundaries of Toleration, edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor. New York: Columbia University Press.
———. 2015. ‘Democracy and the Power of Religion: Some Lessons from India’. In Magna Carta, Religion and the Rule of Law, edited by Mark Hill and Robin Griffith-Jones, 215–28. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
———. 2016a. ‘Disenchantment Deferred’. In Beyond the Secular West, edited by Akeel Bilgrami, 135–87. Religion, Culture, and Public Life. New York: Columbia University Press.
———. 2016b. ‘The Perfume from the Past: Modern Reflections on Ancient Art’. In The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, edited by Arindam Chakrabarti, 167–94. Bloomsbury Academic.
———. 2018a. ‘Languages of Secularity’. In Tolerance, Secularization and Democratic Politics in South Asia, edited by Humeira Iqtidar and Tanika Sarkar, 22–49. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
———. 2018b. ‘Tagore’s Readings of the Mahabharata’. In Exploring Agency in the Mahabharata: Ethical and Political Dimensions of Dharma, edited by Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya, Vrinda Dalmiya, and Gangeya Mukherji, 197–213. New Delhi: Routledge.
———. 2021. ‘Plurality and Pluralism: Democracy, Religious Difference, and Political Imagination’. In Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan, and Turkey, edited by Karen Barkey, Sudipta Kaviraj, and Vatsal Naresh, 221–48. New York: Oxford University Press.


Unpublished Papers


Working Papers