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Ashutosh Varshney

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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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Denying Nehru his due (written by Ashutosh Varshney)

February 14, 2018 The Indian Express

Professor Ashutosh Varshney in The Indian Express, "Modi is right to say that Nehru alone did not produce India’s democracy. In the Constituent Assembly, there was no great resistance to the idea of universal franchise."

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