Prerna Singh and Antara Ganguli in conversation

 

Why are some places in India characterised by better social service provision and welfare outcomes than others? In an India in which millions of people continue to lead lives plagued by illiteracy and ill-health, understanding the conditions that promote social welfare is of critical importance to political scientists and policymakers alike. Drawing on a multi-method study, from the late 19th century to the present, Prerna Singh shares her argument with Antara Ganguli for the power of collective identity as an impetus for state sponsored social welfare.