Ashutosh Varshney

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’. 

Midterm elections: A bruised Trump
Tue, Nov 13, 2018

The next two years of his presidency have now run into democratically created counter-power.

A new RSS?
Fri, Oct 05, 2018

It’s unlikely, given the deep tension between RSS philosophy and individual freedoms and rights.

‘A battle between Hindutva and Hinduism is coming’
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

In a wide-ranging conversation, Walter Andersen speaks of the changing nature of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, how it was influenced by its different sarsangchalaks and the challenges that lie ahead of the organisation

Grime Beneath the Glitter
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

James Crabtree argues that India’s living out the same gilded age that America did in the 1800s — where corruption swirls under a shiny surface.

Is China meritocratic?
Wed, Jul 11, 2018

Its examination system is famous for its rigour, but its quota system gives preference to the privileged

Why did China agree to Wuhan?
Wed, May 02, 2018

Anything which arrests India’s potential drift towards the US and its allies is good for China.

Liberals and nationalism
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

They disapprove of Hindu nationalism, but support the constitutionally consecrated view of the nation

Denying Nehru his due
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Were ancient Indian polities democratic, democracy thus representing India’s enduring culture? And what was Jawahar Lal Nehru’s role in institutionalising democracy?

What Gujarat means
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

If the Congress needs to worry about its urban base, the BJP has to work on a rural message

Globalisation in retreat
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

It is being challenged by a nationalist politics. But a nationalist economics is unlikely to take its place

Is Narendra Modi a populist?
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

The old narrative about India’s Prime Minister is not dead, but a new one is emerging

More accountant, less visionary
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

PM’s large narratives — corruption, growth— invite questions. His neglect of communal peace is notable

The Nitish echo
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Nitish Kumar's pragmatic choice reinforces a fraught idea — of Hindu consolidation and Muslim peripherality

Crime and context
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Lynchings draw upon the master narrative of cow protection promoted by the current political elites

The Yogi gamble
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Adityanath’s elevation as UP CM is a move of radical novelty — and political risk

A PM like Indira Gandhi
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Like her, Modi has established his dominance. But can he move beyond her legacy, to rule by persuasion?

When the state looks away
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Gujarat 2002, like Delhi 1984, is a case of state culpability. One was ideological, the other strategic.

America vs America
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Trump presidency deepens clash within: Ideals of equality and freedom vs its pre-1965 history.

Demonetisation 2.0
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

It has become manifestly clear that it is a political move without an economic rationale.

Post-truth demonetisation
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Instead of government by argumentation, we have government by rhetoric and spectacle.