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India under Modi
In 2014 Narendra Modi promised to change India’s economic fortunes but that has been his primary failure. The priority has been political change: majoritarianism has now been mainstreamed, and the…
The Rise of the Populist State
A populist idea has developed that an entrenched elite is exploiting deprived people. This then drives populist anger that certain types of leaders take advantage of and exploit through rhetoric and…
Why Aren’t Our Sports Celebrities Speaking Out?
Protests by young Indians against the CAA/NRC/NPR have been met with violence by the State and silence from their sporting heroes. Why do sports icons steer clear of issues and actions affecting…
Desacralising the City of Gods
A personal history of Banaras, the city of many cultures.
How India's Media Landscape Changed Over Five Years (Video)
A video adaptation of Sevanti Ninan's article "How India's Media Landscape Changed Over Five Years" (30 August, 2019). Courtesy "Free Speech Collective".
A National Register of Citizens for India
The drive to re-introduce the Citizens Amendment Bill and the plan to prepare a nation-wide National Register of Citizens are both part of a larger strategy to re-engineer the India of plurality and…
The New Modi Wave as Seen from Eastern UP
Ahead of the May elections, observers in Gorakhpur in eastern UP could sense a groundswell of support for the BJP. The old caste dynamics had broken down and the efficient delivery of welfare…
Sanjay Kumar Pandey
David N. Gellner
Can India and China escape their recent history and reshape their engagement?
India-China relations need to be seen through the four filters of co-operation, competition, conflict and containment. The softening of tensions after the 2018 Wuhan summit gives the two countries an…
The Narendra Modi triumph has been built on two projects: one, the representation of Modi as the unquestioned populist leader who could be trusted to defend the nation’s security, and two, the long-…
No confusion: Modi’s campaign is complex, layered and carefully crafted
The Narendra Modi campaign has orchestrated several motifs and hooks through each phase of the election, each tailored for each region while the recurrent theme has been muscular nationalism.