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Ashutosh Varshney

Is Narendra Modi a populist? (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

October 23, 2017 The Indian Express

Ashutosh Varshney, Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia, in The Indian Express, "Modi might still be very popular, but for him, ideology triumphs over governance, civil liberties are less important than political conformity, and enforcement of a Hindu majoritarian politics is more significant than India’s economic ascendancy."


New Research on India’s Democratic Contradictions

September 20, 2017

In "India's Democracy at 70: Growth, Inequality, and nationalism," Ashutosh Varshney, Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and the Social Sciences, deconstructs the benefits and disadvantages of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


The Nitish echo (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

August 3, 2017 The Indian Express

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, wrote an op-ed about Nitish Kumar's pragmatic choice to enter an alliance with the BJP political party in India and how it might influence other alliances.


Crime and context (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

July 7, 2017 The Indian Express

Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "Is India’s past, so marked by communal riots, transmuting itself into an era of lynching? Of immense political significance, this question is now squarely in front of us all."


A PM like Indira Gandhi (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

March 15, 2017 The Indian Express

Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "However, like Indira Gandhi, his functioning between elections also departs from democratic principles. He does not stop intolerant organisations from running amok and unleashing violence." 


Demonetisation 2.0 (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

February 1, 2017 The Indian Express

Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "All analytical roads thus lead to political motivations as the primary, or only, rationale for why Modi undertook demonetisation."