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.
The old narrative about India’s Prime Minister is not dead, but a new one is emerging
PM’s large narratives — corruption, growth— invite questions. His neglect of communal peace is notable
Nitish Kumar's pragmatic choice reinforces a fraught idea — of Hindu consolidation and Muslim peripherality
Lynchings draw upon the master narrative of cow protection promoted by the current political elites
Adityanath’s elevation as UP CM is a move of radical novelty — and political risk
Like her, Modi has established his dominance. But can he move beyond her legacy, to rule by persuasion?
Gujarat 2002, like Delhi 1984, is a case of state culpability. One was ideological, the other strategic.
Trump presidency deepens clash within: Ideals of equality and freedom vs its pre-1965 history.
It has become manifestly clear that it is a political move without an economic rationale.
Instead of government by argumentation, we have government by rhetoric and spectacle.
Trump vote is not primarily born of globalisation anxieties. It is the outcome of white nationalism.
Trump’s victory, if it happens, will defy several probabilities. But such defiance is not unheard of.
Any response to Uri must factor in the Pakistani state’s relationship with non-state actors.
Cow protection, paradoxically, poses a threat to the BJP’s project of Hindu unity.
Peoples’ desire for freedom is greater. Can the government continue to control the flow of information?
Tapping into anxiety and prejudice, he could lead the US back to a past it had moved on from.
India’s democracy shines electorally. But increasing attacks on freedoms in between polls must worry us all.
It gives the BJP a mobilisational narrative to link what the RSS wants with what it can render as a holder of state power.
Conflicting political, constitutional and ideological imperatives will continue to generate paradoxes.
As his second Republic Day closes, it is clear PM’s concept of nationhood extends beyond constitutional parameters.
Can modernity and atavism be simultaneously embraced? Which will give in first?
His surplus legitimacy is eroding. The Bihar elections offer an opportunity to douse the fire.
To leave farmers on land and not give them skills for urban and industrial lives is equal to trapping them in misery.
Parties have split before. But AAP’s internal dissension doesn’t look fundamental.
Hindu right’s conduct put off voters who had supported BJP for growth, governance.
Will he take the Mao option or the Soros route? India, and the world, are watching.
Obama visit recognised long term convergence of interests. India will need to reciprocate.
When can we expect Modi to view RSS as a source of injury to his leadership?
Why has Nehru fallen on bad times? India needs to debate this with an open mind.
Why Modi is likely to oppose instrumental use of riots in politics?
An interpretation the conflicting signals Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India produced.
While the vote on Scottish independence has closed a chapter, it has opened another.
So far, ideology has not been the defining feature of Modi’s tenure.
His approach resembles that of Indira Gandhi. But he must note: in Delhi, what one controls, slips away.
As he strikes a new balance between secular nationalism and Hindu nationalism.
New forces, norms and practices have been unleashed, now represented by Modi.