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.
Businessman-politician nexus has undermined state’s independence, promotion of public good.
Except that the professionalism of the judiciary tends to decrease as one climbs down the judicial institutional ladder.
Look closer and see how these descriptions have less to do with principle, more with contingency.
It is at once a society, civilisation, nation — and state
Drop in Muslim representation in legislatures is related to the rise of the BJP.
Under-representation of Muslims in police and army hurts the constitutional project of multi-cultural India
Will India remain a civilisational-state, post 2019, or continue its march to a unitary, ethno-religious entity?
Anti-BJPism is propelling unlikely alliances today — just as anti-Congressism had done in the past
Ghettoisation and Disturbed Areas Act are dividing urban spaces in Gujarat, pushing Muslims to the edge.
Shia leaders are drawing closer to the Hindutva agenda in UP under Yogi Adityanath’s chief ministership
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