Christophe Jaffrelot

Christophe Jaffrelot is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS, Paris, professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at King's India Institute, London, and non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  He offers valuable insights on South Asian politics, particularly the methods and motivations of the Hindu right in India.

Populism, remixed
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Narendra Modi’s political style is similar to that of Indira Gandhi — as will be his challenges

Jats in wonderlessland
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

Crisis of Haryana’s dominant castes mirrors India’s challenge: Lack of good jobs.

State and Parivar
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

BJP’s new statism now supplements RSS’s work at ground level. Demonetisation is an example.

Looking after leaping
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Economic Survey’s hesitations are both refreshing and disturbing

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and them
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Raheel Sharif’s taking over as director of a new Saudi Arabia-led alliance against terrorism enables Islamabad to re-establish goodwill with Riyadh

Quota demands will only grow with jobless growth
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

While its demographic dynamism requires the creation of more than eight million jobs a year, India is not doing well on that front.

An era of Caesars
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

The rise of national-populists across the world points to new challenges for democracy

Rooting out graft
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

A strong Lokpal and protection of whistleblowers hold the key to eliminating corruption.

Class over caste in Gujarat
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Patels, OBCs and Dalits are allying against the BJP government. Land policies are giving diverse groups common economic interests.

An ill-judged conflict
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Populism based on opposition between an elected legislature and the judiciary does not bode well for a democracy based on rule of law.

BRICS and walls
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Contradictions are mounting within. India’s diplomacy could explore alternative groupings.

Hindutva’s ‘purification’ drive
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Calls to ‘nationalise’ Indian Muslims come from a misreading of Indian Islam.

October 2: Notes on a death
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

Nathuram Godse was a product of the political climate created by the Hindu right in the run-up to Partition

Mayawati has two choices
Sat, Sep 10, 2016

In UP polls, BSP could play politics of Dalit-Muslim convergence. And it could ally with Congress

Soldiers and businessmen
Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Pakistan army has a battle to win: The corruption within

Complicity and inequality
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

The plight of Dalits in Gujarat cannot be attributed only to BJP rule. Congress must share the blame.

Client state’s dilemma
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Pakistan’s dependence on Saudi Arabia stands in the way of the two working against Islamic terrorism.

Being unneighbourly
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Hostilities between Pakistan and Afghanistan are rising despite both facing a common enemy in the IS.

Solution is the problem
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Dominant castes resent reservations, backward groups haven’t fully benefited. There is no visible alternative

BJP’s Assam win is proof Hindutva has reached areas where it was marginal
Sat, Jun 11, 2016

An important facet of the BJP’s strategy pertains to its Hindu nationalist discourse

Why the BJP rewrites history
Tue, Jun 07, 2016

The party’s aversion to Nehru draws from its notion of India and Indian citizenship.

Laws prescribing educational qualifications for contesting elections are undemocratic
Tue, May 10, 2016

In Haryana, a new law makes it mandatory for a general male candidate to pass Class X and a general woman candidate to pass Class VIII

India’s jobless growth is undermining its ability to reap the demographic dividend
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

The last quarterly survey by the Labour Bureau showed that India has never created so few jobs, since the survey started in 2009

Ambedkar against nationalism
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

For Ambedkar, human dignity mattered more.

Misremembering an icon
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Bhagat Singh believed neither in religion nor violence.

The facade of democracy
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Nawaz Sharif is helping the army to rule without governing Pakistan.

Why Jats want a quota
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

The Jats, Marathas and Patels are certainly dominant, but their mobilisation tells us something about structural problems in the Indian economy.

Dalits still left out
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Discrimination against Dalits is rising despite stronger laws. Attitudes of police, judiciary must change

Decoding Rawalpindi
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Does Masood Azhar’s ‘protective custody’ reflect a new policy at the top of the Pakistan army?

This land, this nation
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Akhand Bharat is a mainstay of Hindu nationalism — because land plays a key role in its ideology.

Which Ambedkar?
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

The ‘official’ Ambedkar is more and more different from the original, his sanitisation a form of censorship

Blowin’ in the Gujarat wind
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

BJP setback in local polls may point to a growth model that does not create jobs.

Winter is coming
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Unless government engages Opposition, Parliament will be about ordinances and obstruction.

The story of Indian politicians and tantrics
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

Nitish Kumar-meets-tantric episode framed the growing acceptability of practices earlier kept secret.

Cornered on quotas
Sat, Oct 24, 2015

The BJP faces a dilemma: While inaction may exacerbate the discontent of the Hardik Patels of tomorrow, any questioning of the reservation system may alienate low-caste voters.

Sharifs and a make-believe
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Nawaz is not as powerful as Raheel. As the Pakistan army exerts real power, democracy is more and more a facade.