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.
Muslims face rapid socio-economic decline. Yet, any move in their favour is made to look illegitimate
Iran-India ties are deepening. But resilience of Tehran-Islamabad relations could make Delhi uncomfortable.
The state offers an alternative trajectory based on growth, and closing of social, religious gaps.
Populists repudiate pluralism, for the people can only be one and they are the people. This explains their tendency to disqualify their rivals, and even reject the multiparty system of democracy.
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
Papa CJ started stand-up comedy in 2004 after his visit to the annual Fringe festival in Edinburgh. Since then, amongst various places, he has performed at the Sydney Opera House and also at gun-point in South Africa, he quips.