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Ashutosh Varshney

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit

The Modi Mandate (interview with Ashutosh Varshney)

June 20, 2019 India New England News

In an interview, Professor Ashutosh Varshney discusses India's national elections and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's victory. "As prime minister, Modi styled himself as 'the watchman of the country.'"

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Transfiguring India (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

May 29, 2019 The Indian Express

Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "One could suggest that the election verdict was about the electorate’s comparative assessment of Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi as leaders, and people chose Modi over Rahul."

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Women in India waiting to cast their votes

What goes UP (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

May 15, 2019 The Indian Express

Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "Instead, one can speak of two sub-waves, one among the upper castes, and another sweeping through the Dalit-Muslim-Yadav communities."

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Young Indians helped put Modi in power. Can he count on them again? (comments by Ashutosh Varshney)

May 6, 2019 The New York Times

Professor Ashutosh Varshney comments on young people's willingness to vote for Narendra Modi in India's election. "In 2014, Modi undoubtedly represented hope...In 2019, Modi represents a mixture of fear and hope — fear that the state would punitively hurt and repress those who dissent and disagree, and hope for those who still think he can take India higher."

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2019 and populism (co-written by Ashutosh Varshney)

April 9, 2019 The Indian Express

Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "In India, populism as a term has generally been used for fiscal handouts for the less privileged — loan waivers, poverty alleviation schemes, etc. But that is not how the term is analysed in political theory."

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Steve Bannon-New Yorker episode: Is engaging with those you abhor appeasement or liberalism? (comments by Ashutosh Varshney)

September 6, 2018 The Print

After backlash and protest from the invitation of Steve Bannon to The New Yorker's fall festival, the magazine withdrew his invitation. Professor Ashutosh Varshney argues that, though he finds them disturbing, Bannon's views should be heard and challenged. "Though deeply disturbing and wrong, this view shouldn’t – and can’t at this moment— be brushed aside."

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Is China meritocratic? (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

July 12, 2018 The Indian Express

Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "A true meritocracy would place equally meritorious students from rural or urban settings, richer or poorer provinces, on an equal footing...China modifies the principle in the opposite direction. Its quota system gives preference to the privileged."

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