The first-of-its-kind book on understanding populism and the politics of the Right.
Have you realized that the divide between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ has grown steadily in Indian politics? Do you sometimes wonder whether it will be repaired at all in the near future? Do you ever pause to reflect why emotions spill on the streets and why democratic institutions in India have become dysfunctional? Have you thought about why we get hurt easily and how this gets reflected in everyday politics?
India after Modi attempts to address these questions through an analysis of events like Award Wapsi, demonetization, the crisis in JNU and higher education, and electoral outcomes, including in the states of Bihar, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Through this collection of essays, Ajay Gudavarthy focuses exclusively on Indian democracy after Narendra Modi took over as the prime minister in 2014. He looks at the politics that India has been witnessing since then and addresses emerging issues in Indian democracy, including that of women’s participation, new urban spaces, and the role of youth.
India after Modi does not merely condemn. It takes the job of a critique seriously by pointing out the many ways in which the BJP has offered numerous marginal as well as once-powerful but recently disempowered groups a fraternal space of recognition as Hindus. In a climate of generalized anxiety and rampant hatred, such people have been emboldened to seek vigilante justice by attacking Muslims as the safest enemy. Gudavarthy’s book is complex and deeply disturbing. (Partha Chatterjee Columbia University, New York)
This timely book diligently captures the qualitative kink in the history of postcolonial India with the help of various markers.a heady mix of European fascism and Indian Brahmanism.A must-read for all those who wish to understand the complex reality of contemporary India. (Anand Teltumbde Goa Institute of Management, Goa)
This book, which eschews mere moral condemnation of the Right in India to analyse its current ascendancy, and the corresponding stasis of the Left and Liberal forces, is a bold and imaginative work by a political theorist. No matter how one reacts to the author’s arguments, they demand one’s serious engagement. (Prabhat Patnaik Emeritus Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
In this timely and important book, Ajay Gudavarthy offers a compelling and critical commentary on Indian politics. The writing is engaging and jargon-free, and the analysis acute. Whilst titled India after Modi the book does not spare any political party. Rather, it offers sharp insights into the current state of Indian politics, how we got here, and where we might be headed. A must-read for all those wishing to understand the complex politics of the “world’s largest democracy”. (Hugo Gorringe University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh)
About the Author
Ajay Gudavarthy is Associate Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Earlier, he taught at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. In 2012, he had been Visiting Fellow, Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, University of Aberdeen. He was Visiting Faculty at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Hyderabad, in 2011, and Visiting Fellow, Goldsmith College, University of London, in 2010.
Gudavarthy was the Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow (2008), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. His published works include Re-Framing Democracy and Agency in India: Interrogating Political Society (edited, 2012), Politics of Post-Civil Society: Contemporary History of Political Movements in India (2013), Maoism, Democracy and Globalisation: Cross-Currents in Indian Politics (authored, 2014), and Revolutionary Violence Versus Democracy: Narratives from India (edited, 2017).