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.
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
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.
Its examination system is famous for its rigour, but its quota system gives preference to the privileged
Anything which arrests India’s potential drift towards the US and its allies is good for China.
They disapprove of Hindu nationalism, but support the constitutionally consecrated view of the nation
Were ancient Indian polities democratic, democracy thus representing India’s enduring culture? And what was Jawahar Lal Nehru’s role in institutionalising democracy?
If the Congress needs to worry about its urban base, the BJP has to work on a rural message
It is being challenged by a nationalist politics. But a nationalist economics is unlikely to take its place
The old narrative about India’s Prime Minister is not dead, but a new one is emerging
PM’s large narratives — corruption, growth— invite questions. His neglect of communal peace is notable
Nitish Kumar's pragmatic choice reinforces a fraught idea — of Hindu consolidation and Muslim peripherality
Lynchings draw upon the master narrative of cow protection promoted by the current political elites
Adityanath’s elevation as UP CM is a move of radical novelty — and political risk
Like her, Modi has established his dominance. But can he move beyond her legacy, to rule by persuasion?
Gujarat 2002, like Delhi 1984, is a case of state culpability. One was ideological, the other strategic.
Trump presidency deepens clash within: Ideals of equality and freedom vs its pre-1965 history.
It has become manifestly clear that it is a political move without an economic rationale.
Instead of government by argumentation, we have government by rhetoric and spectacle.
Trump vote is not primarily born of globalisation anxieties. It is the outcome of white nationalism.
Trump’s victory, if it happens, will defy several probabilities. But such defiance is not unheard of.