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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Jean-Thomas Martelli

Martelli is a researcher at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) in New Delhi

Current crisis consolidates populist rapport between a leader and a fictional representation of people
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

While the 2016 demonetisation was about requesting sacrifices from citizens to eradicate the black money of the corrupt wealthy lot, the “people’s curfew”, “imposed by the people” — in Modi’s own words — was similar in scope, as it demanded “sacrifices” “in service of the nation.”

Reading PM Modi, through his speeches
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

In his Independence Day speeches, Narendra Modi has repeatedly used the words ‘sister’, ‘brother’ and ‘team’. The Prime Minister’s rhetorical technique is inherent in populism, a version of politics that crystallises when a leader tries to relate directly to ‘his’ nation, circumventing institutions in the worst-case scenarios.