Successful blog series on Hindu Nationalism

By Professor Katharine Adeney IAPS was proud to organise a series of Blog posts on Hindu Nationalism. Contributors from comparative politics, history, journalism, law and political theory reflected on the various issues raised by the election of Modi and the BJP in 2014. The blog series ran in the week of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s …

Cow Protection, Hindu Revivalism, and Constitutional Politics in India and Nepal

Written by Mara Malagodi. India and Nepal are the only two countries in the world where the overwhelming majority of the population are followers of Hinduism. In India, according to the 2011 Census, 79.8 per cent of the total population is Hindu, while in Nepal the 2011 Census records 81.3 per cent. Both countries, however, present …

Hindu nationalism is rising under the BJP and Modi

Written by Sajeda Momin. When I returned to India at the beginning of October after my last visit to London, two very dear friends asked me why I had come back when I had the option to live abroad. “If I could live anywhere but here, like you, I would leave right away,” said one …

The Burden of Majoritarianism

Written by Gurpreet Mahajan. India has never been a completely neutral state. So what has changed in the last 18 months? The BJP led NDA government insists that nothing has changed. However, neither its supporters nor its detractors accept this. The opposition, and sections of the intelligentsia, maintain that a culture of intolerance is growing; others, …

Selling India, Imagining Bharat

Written by James Chiriyankandath. As Narendra Modi completes an year and a half as India’s prime minister with more globetrotting (this time to the UK and then on to Turkey, Malaysia and France for the G20, ASEAN and Global Climate Change summits), one wonders if behind the bravado and public relations glitz, doubts are beginning …

The Modi enigma

Written by Andrew Whitehead. In his eighteen months in office, Narendra Modi  has spent a great deal of time travelling. He’s been to the United States twice, to France, Germany, China, Australia, Canada, Japan, Ireland – twenty-eight foreign visits in all. This week he’s making his first visit as prime minister to Britain, at a …

Why Indians abroad succumb to ‘Modimania’

Honorary Professor Andrew Whitehead writes: “Of all the world leaders who have visited Britain, only Nelson Mandela and the Pope have addressed bigger public gatherings than Narendra Modi’s rally at Wembley,” boasts a spokeswoman for the UK Welcomes Modi organisation. It is billed as a grand community reception, and 60,000 Modi supporters – almost all …

Subhas Chandra Bose: Looking for India’s ‘lost’ leader

Honorary Professor, Dr Andrew Whitehead writes on Modi’s meeting with Subhas Chandra Bose’s family for the BBC News website.  Subhas Chandra Bose was a prominent Indian nationalist, who headed the Indian National Army alongside the Japanese to force the British out of India during the Second World War.    

A new political turn for Indian Kashmir

By Dr Andrew Whitehead The 79-year old Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was sworn-in on Sunday (1st March) as the new chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Attending the ceremony in the state’s winter capital of Jammu was India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. For his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it was …

New visiting fellow joins IAPS

IAPS is delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Whitehead as a visiting fellow. Andrew Whitehead is an expert on contemporary South Asia, and particularly on Kashmir. He is the author of A Mission in Kashmir (2007), which uses oral history and personal testimony to interrogate the established Indian, Pakistani and Kashmiri narratives of how the Kashmir …