Prof. Veena Kukreja

Designation: Head and Professor, Department of Political Science

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Academic Qualifications

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. from Delhi University

Throughout First class. Gold Medalist in B.A. (Hons.) for securing first position in the University in B.A. (Hons.) Political Science.

Area of Specialization

Theories of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Foreign Policies, South Asian Politics, Pakistan Studies, Civil-Military Relations, Federalism, Democratisation of the State in South Asia.

Details of Published Works

Books (Total 6)

1. Co-authored, Federalism in South Asia, (New Delhi: Routledge, 2014) ISBN: 978-0-415-73595-7.

2. Co-edited, Democracy, Development and Discontent in South Asia (New Delhi: Sage, 2008) ISBN: 978-0-7619-3617-6 (HB) 978-817829-781- 1(India HB).

3. Co-edited, Pakistan: Democracy, Development and Security Issues (New Delhi: Sage, 2005) ISBN: 0-7619-34162 (HB) 81-7829-557-I (India HB) 0-7619-3417-0(PB) 81-7829-558-X (India PB).

4. Contemporary Pakistan: Political Processes, Conflicts and Crises (New Delhi: Sage, 2003) ISBN: 7619-9682-6 (US HB) 0-7619-9683-4 (US PB) 81-7829-146-0 (India HB) 81-7829-147-9 (India PB).

5. Civil-Military Relations in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh and India (New Delhi: Sage, 1991) ISBN: 81-7036-243-1 (India) 0-8039-9699-3

6. Military Intervention in Politics: A Case Study of Pakistan (New Delhi: NBO, 1985).

Monographs (Total 3)

1. Co-authored with M.P. Singh, “Sri Lanka: To Federalize or Not to Federalize?”, Occasional Paper Series, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, 2005.

2. “Democracy and Authoritarianism in Bangladesh”, Occasional Paper Series, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, 2005.

3. “Pakistan’s Nuclear Explosion: National and International Responses”, unpublished project under DSA programme, financed by UGC programme, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, 1999

Research Papers/Articles (Total 43)

Journal Articles (Total 29):

1. "The Menace of Narco Power in Pakistan", The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. LXII, No.2, April-June 2016. pp. 262-279.

2. "Editorial" (co-authored), Bihar Journal of Political Science, Vol. V, No.1 , Jan-June 2016, pp 1-24.

3. "Pakistan’s Army form an Institutional Pressure Group to Final Arbiter in Governance", The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. LXI, No. 3, (July-September 2015).

4. "India’s Foreign Policy in the Multi-Polar World: Challenges and Opportunities", Bihar Journal of Political Science, Vol. 4, No. 1(January-June 2015).

5. "Bangladesh: Rising Tide of Islamic Fundamentalism", Bihar Journal of Political Science, Vol. 3, No. 1 (January-June 2014).

6. "Narco Power: Its Implications for Pakistan", Journal Of Contemporary Asia and Europe, Vol. I, No. 1(January-June 2007), pp. 37-52

7. "Baluchistan after Bugti", World Focus, Vol. XXVII, No. 10 (October 2006), pp.28-32.

8. "Prospects of Democracy in Pakistan", World Focus, Vol. XXVI, No. 3 (March 2005), pp. 9-12.

9. "Pakistan-Taliban-Al Qaida Nexus", World Focus, Vol. XXV, No. 2 (February 2004), pp. 14-17.

10. "Pakistan’s 2002 Election: Implications for Jammu and Kashmir", World Focus, Vol. XXIII, Nos. 10-11-12 (October-November-December 2002), pp. 38-42.

11. "Musharraf Style Democracy in Pakistan", World Focus, Vol. XXIII, Nos. 4-5 (April-May 2002), pp. 15-18.

12. "Agra Summit: The Indian Perspective", Punjab Journal of Politics, Vol. XXVI, No. 1 (2002), pp. 123-141.

13. "Pakistani Politics and Indo-Pakistan Relations", World Focus, Vol. XXII, Nos. 10-11-12(October-November-December 2001), pp. 49-51.

14. "Persistent Praetorianism: Pakistan’s Fourth Military Regime", Punjab Journal of Politics, Vol. XXIV, No. 2 (2000), pp. 59-81.

15. "Islamizing an Islamic State: Rising Tide of Fundamentalism in Pakistan", Punjab Journal of Politics, Vol. XXIII, No. 2 (1999), pp. 57-81.

16. "Rogue Designs", The Pioneer, September 22, 1999, p. 9.

17. "Pakistan’s 1993 Election: Back to Square One", Strategic Analysis, Vol. XVI, No. 10 (January 1994), pp. 1347-66.

18. "The Zia Regime: Legitimization Through Islamization", Strategic Analysis, Vol. XV, No. 3 (June 1992), pp. 183-95.

19. "Politics in Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif at the Helm", Strategic Analysis, Vol. XIV, No. 6 (September 1991), pp. 659-72.

20. "Restoration of Democracy in Pakistan: One Year of Benazir’s Rule", Strategic Analysis, Vol. XII, No. 11 (February 1990), pp. 1163-74.

21. "Military Regimes of Zia and Ershad: Strategies and Tactics of Survival and Legitimisation", Strategic Analysis, Vol. XII, No. 8 (November 1989), pp.815-25.

22. "Civilian Control of the Military in India", Indian Journal of Political Science, Vol. L, No. 4 (October-December 1989), pp. 1-34.

23. "Civil-Military Relations in Developing Countries", India Quarterly, Vol. XLV, Nos. 2-3 (April-September 1989), pp. 154-92.

24. "Military Politics in Pakistan: Ten Years of Zia Rule", Strategic Analysis, Vol. XII, No. 5 (August 1988), pp. 448-78.

25. "Theories of Civil-Military Relations and Military Intervention in Developing Countries", Strategic Analysis, Vol. X, No. 1 (April 1986), pp. 64-77.

26. "Parliamentary Democracy in South Asia: A Regional Comparative Perspective", India Quarterly, Vol. XIII, No. 2 (April-June 1986), pp. 166-76.

27. "Theories of Civil-Military Relations in Developing Countries", Teaching Politics, Vol. XII, Nos. 2-3 (1986), pp. 103-20.

28. "The Military in Pakistan: A Case of Persistent Praetorianism", IDSA Journal, Vol. XV, No. 3 (January-March 1983), pp. 423-41.

29. "Military Intervention in Politics: Contrasting Cases of Pakistan and India", India Quarterly, Vol. XXXVII, Nos. 3-4 (July-December 1982), pp. 302-16.

Chapters in Books (Total 14):

1. "Indo-Pak Relations: Retrospect and Prospects", in Mohammed Badrul Alam (ed.) India and Her Neighbours: Towards a Proactive Partnership, Delhi: Kalpaz Publication, 2015.

2. "India-Pakistan Relations: Contemporary Phase", in Badrul Alam (ed.) Contours of India’s Foreign Policy: Changes and Challenges, New Delhi: Reference Press, 2014, pp. 253-269.

3. "Federalism in Pakistan", in Rekha Saxena (ed.) Varieties of Federal Governance, (New Delhi: Foundation Books, 2011) pp. 104-130.

4. "Military in the Power Structure of Pakistan: An Indian Perspective", in Achin Vanaik and Rajeev Bhargava (eds.) Understanding Contemporary India: Critical Perspectives (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 2010) pp. 248-282.

5. "The Pakistan Army: Its Changing Roles and Parameters", in volume edited in the honour of Professor Rajen Harshe, Inspiring Winds and Rainbow of Ideas (Allahabad, 2009).

6. "Pakistan’s Fourth Military Regime", in Asha Gupta (ed.), Military Rule and Democratization: Changing Perspectives (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 2003).

7. "Islam and Politics in Pakistan: Rising Tide of Fundamentalism", in Ramakant, S.N. Kaushik and Shashi Upadhyaya (eds.), Contemporary Pakistan: Trends and Issues, Vol. I (New Delhi: Kalinga Publishers, 2001), pp. 255-74. Also reproduced in Verinder Grover (ed.), Volume on Pakistan (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 2002).

8. "Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan", Political Science Annual. 1998-99, edited by Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 2000), pp. 393-412.

9. "India and Pakistan: A New Peace Paradigm", in Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy(eds.), Political Science Annual 1997, (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 1998), pp. 407-24.

10. "The Zia Regime: Legitimization Through Islamization", in Verinder Grover and Ranjana Arora (eds.), Political System in Pakistan, Vol. IV (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 1995), pp. 655-78. Reproduced from Strategic Analysis, June 1992. Also reproduced in Virender Grover (ed.), Encyclopedia of SAARC Nations, Vol. II (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 1997), pp. 544.70.

11. "Restoration of Democracy and Crisis of Governability in Pakistan: 1988-92", in Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy(eds.), Political Science Annual 1993, (New Delhi: Deep and Deep 1994), pp. 198-212.

12. "Military-Politics in Pakistan", in M.D. Dharamadasani (ed.), Benazir’s Pakistan (Varanasi: Shalimar, 1989). Reproduced from Strategic Analysis, August 1988.

13. "The Congress, Stability and Parliamentary Democracy in India", in M.P. Singh (ed.), The Congress Century (New Delhi: NBO, 1988). Reproduced in Teaching Politics 1986.

14. "Military Intervention in Politics: Contrasting Cases of Pakistan and India", in Verinder Grover and Ranjana Arora (eds.), Political System in Pakistan, Vol. VII (New Delhi: Deep and Deep, 1995), pp. 523-40. Reproduced from India Quarterly, July-December 1982.

Book Reviews:

Reviews of the following books have been published in journals.

1. Arvind Adityaraj, The Shadow of Gunfire: Dynamics of Ideology and Power Politics in Indo-Pakistan Relations - 1980-1999 (Patna and New Delhi: Janaki Prakashan, 2001), published in IIPA Journal, 2002.

2. Shelton U. Kodikara (ed.), External Compulsions of South Asian Politics (New Delhi: Sage, 1993), published in International Studies, 1993.

3. Larry Diamond, Juan J. Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset (eds.), Democracy in Asia (New Delhi: Vistar, 1989), published in Seminar, 1990.

4. Kalim Bahadur and Uma Singh (eds.), Pakistan Transition to Democracy (New Delhi: Patriot Publishers, 1989), published in International Studies, 1989.

Completed Research Projects

Nuclearization of South Asia

UGC Major Research Project on Federalism in South Asia: A Comparative Study of India and Pakistan

Principal Investigator: Prof. Veena Kukreja

Duration of Project: 2008-2011

This project is one of the first in-depth and systematic studies on the functioning and aspiring federations of South Asia. It puts forward a conceptual and theoretical framework to facilitate a systematic comparative empirical study of federal experiences in India and Pakistan. It examines how federal dynamics in India and Pakistan are impinged on by the nature of their specific constitutions; their societal, political and cultural fabrics; composition of power elites and ruling classes; structures of political economy and market; electoral and party systems; mass media; and information technology. It is our conviction that our theoretical model of federal dynamics here outlined has postulated an explanatory system with sufficient “closure” and “completeness” in the sense that all the important causal factors have been delineated and included in our purported theory of federal formation and functioning. The theoretical model outlined for a paired comparative study of federal political systems in India and Pakistan is empirically operationalized in this research project. So far, only India is, however, a functioning federation. Pakistan is quasi-federal, though the Eighteenth Amendment (2010) is a land mark on the way to federalization. A great deal of information and quantitative data have been collected, processed, analysed, and reported in this benchmark standard and ambitious research project. This project highlights divergences and similarities, successes and key challenges to Indian and Pakistani federations, while indicating federalism’s wider regional relevance in the discourse of governance. The project concluded that the multicultural character of these societies— beset with ethnic and regional conflicts, separatist and military undercurrents—makes federal political solution the only viable route. This project is expected to make a significant contribution to political studies of South Asia as well as to the general theory of comparative federalism.

Current Status of Research Work:

Currently, I am engaged in two research projects: (a) ICSSR Research Project on Democratization of State in South Asia, and (b) Editing a volume on Pakistan at the Crossroad.

Research Guidance Experience:

I have a rich experience of guiding a number of PhD (8 awarded) and MPhil (24) scholars. Besides, I have also guided M.A. dissertations.

Honours & Awards

♦ Pursuing ICSSR Research Project 2016

♦ Contemporary Pakistan (2003) has been recommended as essential reading for Course on South Asia at Syracuse University, New York.

♦ Received UGC Major Research Project in 2008.

♦ Received UGC Minor Research Grant for Research

♦ National Scholarship holder at M.A. level

♦ Merit Certificate holder at higher secondary level