MODI’S INDIA : Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Ethnic Democracy

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  • Release Date : NOVEMBER 2021
  • Author : CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT
  • Publication: November 2021
  • Price: Rs 899
  • ISBN: 9789391234843
  • Genre: Non-fiction
  • Page Extent: 656
  • Binding: Paperback

About the Book

A RIVETING ACCOUNT OF HOW A POPULARLY ELECTED LEADER HAS STEERED
THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMOCRACY TOWARD AUTHORITARIANISM AND
INTOLERANCE

Over the past two decades, Hindu nationalism has been coupled with a form of nationalpopulism that has proved to be potent at the polls—first in Gujarat and then in India at large. One man has been the driver of this change: Narendra Modi. He evolved a highly personalized political style, seducing Indians with the promise of development on the one hand and polarizing the electorate along ethno-religious lines on the other. Both facets of his particular national-populism were communicated directly to voters through numerous and diverse channels of communication that have come to saturate the public space.

Drawing on original interviews conducted across India, Christophe Jaffrelot shows how Modi’s government has moved India toward a new form of democracy: an ethnic democracy that equates the majoritarian community with the nation and relegates Muslims and Christians to second-class citizens who are fair targets for vigilante groups. This muscular Hindu nationalism thrives on attacks against secularists, intellectuals, universities, and NGOs. Jaffrelot explains how the political system of India has acquired authoritarian features for other reasons too. Eager to govern not only in New Delhi, but also in the states, the government has centralized power at the expense of federalism and undermined institutions that were part of the checks and balances.

Modi’s India is a sobering account of how a once-vibrant democracy has gone wrong.

About the Author

Christophe Jaffrelot is director of research at CERI-Sciences
Po/CNRS in Paris, professor of Indian politics and sociology at
King’s College London, and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace. His books include The
Pakistan Paradox: Instability and Resilience and Business and
Politics in India (co-edited with Atul Kohli and Kanta Murali). He
lives in Le Chesnay, France. Twitter: @jaffrelotc

 

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