Christophe Jaffrelot

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.

Articles By Christophe Jaffrelot

Beyond optics, Congress has begun flirting with some of BJP’s favourite campaign themes

The acid test for measuring the degree of Congress secularism today has less to do with symbolic gestures (like temple visits) and the representation of Muslims in assemblies than with concrete public policy.

Quota, old plus new

There are substantial inequalities even within Dalits. In addition to the 15 per cent quota, the community should also have reservation based on socioeconomic criteria.

The regional great game

Crystallisation of Pakistan-Saudi Arabia and India-Iran axes will set off ripples in the region

Quota and bad faith

UP government’s bid to revisit reservation model is as debatable as Centre’s move on upper caste quotas

Moment of the strongman

Liberal challenge is to show that coalitions and collegiality are more effective than one-man shows.

How MP was lost and won

Do Congress victory and BJP defeat in the state presage a blueprint for 2019? Many ‘ifs’ need to be factored in.

Farmers and others

Will the kisan take care of interests of landless peasants as well?

Margins of New India

Adivasis in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are doing poorly, economically and educationally.

No room for liberal doubt

The choice in Sabarimala is clear: It’s ethno-religious political entrepreneurs vs social reform

Elections and borders

India’s refusal to talk to Pakistan has much to do with BJP’s electoral narrative.

A new Other

In Gujarat, violence against migrants represents a reconfiguration of the state’s ideological repertoire.

Rhetoric and reality

The RSS chief’s speeches reflect an attempt to reconcile Hindutva with the Constitution

The new corruption

Businessman-politician nexus has undermined state’s independence, promotion of public good.

Absence on the bench

Except that the professionalism of the judiciary tends to decrease as one climbs down the judicial institutional ladder.

Secular and communal

Look closer and see how these descriptions have less to do with principle, more with contingency.

Hindu Rashtra, de facto

It is at once a society, civilisation, nation — and state

The dwindling minority

Drop in Muslim representation in legislatures is related to the rise of the BJP.

The uniform code

Under-representation of Muslims in police and army hurts the constitutional project of multi-cultural India

Coalition Country

Will India remain a civilisational-state, post 2019, or continue its march to a unitary, ethno-religious entity?

The same odd coalition

Anti-BJPism is propelling unlikely alliances today — just as anti-Congressism had done in the past