Money - Keywords for India

Free Public Lecture

Money - Keywords for India

India featured in a very limited way in the global monetary and financial narratives of the 1970s (inflation) or 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (debts, deficits and crashes). Nonetheless, debates over money have featured consistently in the politics of India. Questions of gold and silver – of Indian finance and currency (Keynes) - occupied the colonial state strongly at the beginning of the twentieth century and deficit financing became a staple of dirigiste development in the decades after Independence. Most recently, in November 2016, India’s largest banknotes were front and centre in India’s political imaginaries.

In this lecture, Professor Stuart Corbridge considers how and why money has featured consistently as a political keyword in India. He also examines how India has been written insistently into the history of money.

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