Editorial Note

Published date01 June 2022
Date01 June 2022
Subject MatterEditorial Note
Editorial Note
Dear Readers,
As mentioned in the Editorial Note of the previous issue, Studies in Indian Politics (SIP) will devote
itself to in-depth and all-round scholarly discussions of the post-independence period of India’s politics
in order to commemorate completion of 75 years of India’s independence. For a country, 75 years is not
a very long time but the context, circumstances and ambitions with which India became independent in
1947 make it worthwhile to look back and ask questions about the unfolding of democratic politics in
India. In this issue, we bring a special section guest edited by Milan Vaishnav and Madhav Khosla
discussing Religion and Citizenship in India. Ever since its birth as an independent nation-state, and
from much before it, the question of religion has been crucial in India’s public debates about its own
existence and identity. This question has variously panned out over the past seven decades and also
touched upon questions of legal citizenship and citizenship in the sense of membership of the polity.
Therefore, the papers in the special section are certain to help generate serious academic debate. We
thank the authors and more particularly the guest editors for associating with SIP and bringing these
papers together.
We hope that next couple of issues will also present papers fittingly celebrating 75th anniversary of
India’s freedom in the only way academics can do—by turning a critical and analytical gaze to the many
dimensions of politics in India and examining the conceptual repertoire with which to do so.
This issue also brings to the readers another special section on Politics of Knowledge. This is a
continuation of the special section on this theme in the June 2021 (9.1) issue of the journal. Madhulika
Banerjee is the guest editor of these sets of papers. For logistic reasons, all papers could not be published
simultaneously. We are now publishing the remaining three papers. We thank the authors and Madhulika
Banerjee for their patience and perseverance.
With this issue, SIP enters tenth year of its publication. In total, 10 years is not a long time; nevertheless,
the decade from the anti-corruption agitation has been momentous in terms of the political processes that
are unfolding in India. These developments have attracted both deep political controversies and serious
revisiting of many assessments of Indian politics. SIP has been making every effort to suitably address
various central questions facing students of Indian politics during this period. We are happy that with the
help of all members of the editorial board, advisory board and the SAGE Team, it has been smooth
sailing for the journal and SIP has now established itself as the premier journal for serious discussions of
Indian politics in its various aspects. We take this opportunity to thank our contributors and readers
across the globe for their sustained and ever-increasing support.
Suhas Palshikar
Chief Editor
Studies in Indian Politics
10(1) 7, 2022
© 2022 Lokniti, Centre for the
Study of Developing Societies
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