The writer is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also directs the Center for Contemporary South Asia at the Watson Institute. He is a contributing editor for The Indian Express.
Political power is bringing about an ideological re-orientation in the players which may or may not endure
If Hindu consolidation goes further, Muslims will become electorally even more irrelevant. We can’t still be sure this would happen. But even if Hindu electoral consolidation remains at the current level, India’s Muslims would need the judiciary’s counter-majoritarianism to safeguard their interests.
Indian Americans are perhaps not more than 4,00,000 in number, but if Texas becomes a “swing” or “battleground” state, ready for a political flip, even such small numbers might ultimately matter.
The change in Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status is democratic only in one sense — it had a parliamentary majority. But democracy is much more than that.
Modi, Trump and Bolsonaro are great election winners, but their stance on civil liberties is seen as questionable.
Are we on the path to a Hindu Rashtra? Much will depend on how the electoral verdict is read by the victor
Almost as a cliché, but a true one, and not trivially so, human warmth and courtesy, as in so many parts of India, make up for the harsh landscape of East UP.
In Uttar Pradesh, one can speak of two sub-waves, one among the upper castes, and another sweeping through the Dalit-Muslim-Yadav communities. The BJP is the primary beneficiary of the former, and the SP-BSP-RLD Mahagathbandhan of the latter.
There is large support for anti-elitist politics in India, but it is not uniformly spread out.
The size of the middle class, timing of the current India-Pakistan clashes, and the nature of the regime in Delhi will shape the narrative in days to come.
Among urban poor, demonetisation has taken an untold toll. Government schemes are a mixed blessing
BJP has work to do to take back narrative — assembly results raise questions on governance record, temple
The next two years of his presidency have now run into democratically created counter-power.
It’s unlikely, given the deep tension between RSS philosophy and individual freedoms and rights.
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