Ashutosh Varshney

The writer is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the India Initiative at the Watson Institute. He is a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’. 

Mind the liberal gaps
Wed, May 25, 2016

India’s democracy shines electorally. But increasing attacks on freedoms in between polls must worry us all.

The Bharat Mata pivot
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

It gives the BJP a mobilisational narrative to link what the RSS wants with what it can render as a holder of state power.

Modi’s Idea of India-2
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Conflicting political, constitutional and ideological imperatives will continue to generate paradoxes.

Modi’s idea of India-1
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

As his second Republic Day closes, it is clear PM’s concept of nationhood extends beyond constitutional parameters.

San Francisco to Dadri
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Can modernity and atavism be simultaneously embraced? Which will give in first?

Can Modi turn the tide?
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

His surplus legitimacy is eroding. The Bihar elections offer an opportunity to douse the fire.

Untie the farmer
Wed, Apr 29, 2015

To leave farmers on land and not give them skills for urban and industrial lives is equal to trapping them in misery.

Faults and lines
Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Parties have split before. But AAP’s internal dissension doesn’t look fundamental.

What Delhi rejects
Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Hindu right’s conduct put off voters who had supported BJP for growth, governance.

Putin’s next step
Tue, Feb 03, 2015

Will he take the Mao option or the Soros route? India, and the world, are watching.

And now, India’s turn
Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Obama visit recognised long term convergence of interests. India will need to reciprocate.

The 2015 question
Tue, Dec 30, 2014

When can we expect Modi to view RSS as a source of injury to his leadership?

Democracy’s pioneer
Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Why has Nehru fallen on bad times? India needs to debate this with an open mind.

Sparks, not fires
Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Why Modi is likely to oppose instrumental use of riots in politics?

‘The Chinese would not make big concessions to win India’s friendship’
Sat, Sep 27, 2014

An interpretation the conflicting signals Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India produced.

United States of Britain?
Tue, Sep 23, 2014

While the vote on Scottish independence has closed a chapter, it has opened another.

The pragmatic PM?
Fri, Aug 22, 2014

So far, ideology has not been the defining feature of Modi’s tenure.

Modi’s institutional designs
Mon, Jul 28, 2014

His approach resembles that of Indira Gandhi. But he must note: in Delhi, what one controls, slips away.

Modi’s ambivalence
Sat, Jun 28, 2014

As he strikes a new balance between secular nationalism and Hindu nationalism.

2014, like 1952
Mon, May 19, 2014

New forces, norms and practices have been unleashed, now represented by Modi.

Modi, on balance
Tue, Apr 29, 2014

What to overlook, what to watch out for, in the prospect of a Modi government.

Hearing the silence
Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Modi has not fully addressed anxieties on minority rights, freedom of expression.

Politics as unusual
Fri, Jan 10, 2014

But AAP’s real challenge will be to find ways to enhance routine accountability.

One problem is The Dynasty
Thu, Dec 12, 2013

Congress’s secular nationalist narrative has lost its vigour. Internal elections must be brought back even if they oust its first family.

A strange fire
Fri, Sep 20, 2013

Why the Muzaffarnagar riots were a departure from past trends.

Democracy vs Capitalism
Wed, Sep 11, 2013

The domestic origins of India’s economic problems lie in that clash.

Not only Telangana
Tue, Aug 27, 2013

UPA has missed the moment to set up a second states reorganisation commission.

The Need for Impatience
Sat, Jul 27, 2013

Whether growth,welfare or both — get a move on

The costs of no food security
Fri, Jul 12, 2013

India is at the point where a low income democracy cannot afford to ignore the hungry

Doing the Modi math
Thu, Jun 27, 2013

The numbers don't add up,without a pooling of anti-Congress votes.

Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Does he have a political or economic blueprint for a changing India?

Possibilities of redemption
Tue, May 21, 2013

There is a new moment in Pakistan. India must build on it

The Boston question
Tue, Apr 23, 2013

How could terror breed in the heart of a city so inclusive?

Hyphens and national unity
Wed, Mar 20, 2013

By permitting hyphenated identities,India has allowed national feeling to increase

Growth and graft
Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Corruption may be an offshoot of high GDP rates without institutional change

Grand Unification Theory
Sat, Oct 06, 2012

Sudheendra Kulkarni’s new book takes some liberties with science but the myriad ideas it pursues with erudition make it an absorbing read