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.
Religion was always recognised in India’s public sphere — but, unlike now, in the plural
Accounts of Dalit protests in Maharashtra are incomplete, need to be leavened by context and history.
At the root of the insecurities of Marathas, Jats and Patels lies lack of education and employability
The BJP has fallen short of the 150 seats promised by Amit Shah. More worryingly for the party, no regional leader has emerged.
In Gujarat, religious polarisation remains a dominant theme. And caste is back, in a different version
Peasant mobilisations have achieved very little because of the urban bias of the BJP
Campaign for the assembly elections in the state is shinning the light on its economic discontents.
While the government talks peace, the Sangh Parivar’s attitude towards Articles 35 A and 370 has heightened scepticism in Kashmir.
Will they vote as a caste bloc in Gujarat, or will class play a role — for BJP, that’s the question
Lines between Congress and BJP are regularly crossed in Gujarat. The BJP gets the advantage
Partnership with Japan could be the cornerstone of a coalition to take on China’s economic, military might.
RTI Act needs to be protected against attempts to dilute it. RTI activists must be made less vulnerable
In his Independence Day speeches, Narendra Modi has repeatedly used the words ‘sister’, ‘brother’ and ‘team’. The Prime Minister’s rhetorical technique is inherent in populism, a version of politics that crystallises when a leader tries to relate directly to ‘his’ nation, circumventing institutions in the worst-case scenarios.
Current forms of ambivalence on caste have a long history
A Dalit will be president. But decline of BSP, rise of cow politics, has made Dalits more angry, less hopeful.
It is pointing fingers at Qatar, but on terror linkages, Saudi Arabia has a record of double-speak
It is back because of rural-urban disparity. It draws attention to a contradiction in Hindutva worldview.
The Belt and Road Initiative could cost Pakistan its financial independence and turn it into a Chinese protectorate.
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
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