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.
Gau rakshaks ‘do the job’ for some state governments. By letting vigilantes harass the minorities openly, they keep majoritarian feelings satisfied
Marathas in Maharashtra experience a sense of relative deprivation. Reservation is not the solution
By accepting its ‘notables’, the ruling party is starting to resemble its political rival.
Narendra Modi’s political style is similar to that of Indira Gandhi — as will be his challenges
Crisis of Haryana’s dominant castes mirrors India’s challenge: Lack of good jobs.
BJP’s new statism now supplements RSS’s work at ground level. Demonetisation is an example.
Economic Survey’s hesitations are both refreshing and disturbing
Raheel Sharif’s taking over as director of a new Saudi Arabia-led alliance against terrorism enables Islamabad to re-establish goodwill with Riyadh
While its demographic dynamism requires the creation of more than eight million jobs a year, India is not doing well on that front.
The rise of national-populists across the world points to new challenges for democracy
A strong Lokpal and protection of whistleblowers hold the key to eliminating corruption.
Patels, OBCs and Dalits are allying against the BJP government. Land policies are giving diverse groups common economic interests.
Populism based on opposition between an elected legislature and the judiciary does not bode well for a democracy based on rule of law.
Contradictions are mounting within. India’s diplomacy could explore alternative groupings.
Calls to ‘nationalise’ Indian Muslims come from a misreading of Indian Islam.
Nathuram Godse was a product of the political climate created by the Hindu right in the run-up to Partition
In UP polls, BSP could play politics of Dalit-Muslim convergence. And it could ally with Congress
Pakistan army has a battle to win: The corruption within
The plight of Dalits in Gujarat cannot be attributed only to BJP rule. Congress must share the blame.
Pakistan’s dependence on Saudi Arabia stands in the way of the two working against Islamic terrorism.
Hostilities between Pakistan and Afghanistan are rising despite both facing a common enemy in the IS.
Dominant castes resent reservations, backward groups haven’t fully benefited. There is no visible alternative
An important facet of the BJP’s strategy pertains to its Hindu nationalist discourse
The party’s aversion to Nehru draws from its notion of India and Indian citizenship.
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
The last quarterly survey by the Labour Bureau showed that India has never created so few jobs, since the survey started in 2009
For Ambedkar, human dignity mattered more.
Bhagat Singh believed neither in religion nor violence.
Nawaz Sharif is helping the army to rule without governing Pakistan.
The Jats, Marathas and Patels are certainly dominant, but their mobilisation tells us something about structural problems in the Indian economy.
Discrimination against Dalits is rising despite stronger laws. Attitudes of police, judiciary must change
Does Masood Azhar’s ‘protective custody’ reflect a new policy at the top of the Pakistan army?
Akhand Bharat is a mainstay of Hindu nationalism — because land plays a key role in its ideology.
The ‘official’ Ambedkar is more and more different from the original, his sanitisation a form of censorship
BJP setback in local polls may point to a growth model that does not create jobs.
Unless government engages Opposition, Parliament will be about ordinances and obstruction.