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  • GUJARAT UNDER MODI

    In 2012 Narendra Modi became the first Hindu nationalist politician thrice elected to lead a state of the Indian Union, his stewardship as Chief Minister of Gujarat being the longest in that state?s history. Modi and his BJP supporters explained his achievement by pointing to economic growth under his leadership, yet detractors point out that Modi has been more business-friendly than market-friendly?to the benefit of large industrial corporations, and at the cost of great social polarisation. In 2002, an anti-Muslim pogrom of unparalleled ferocity occurred in Gujarat, leading to the biggest number of Muslim deaths since Partition. The state?s Hindu majority immediately rallied around Modi. No serious riot has occurred in Gujarat since, but polarisation was key to Modi?s strategy there, and he has deployed that strategy again and again since he became Prime Minister of India in 2014. For Modi has cultivated a communal image. A marketing genius, his messaging combines the politics of Hindutva with economic modernisation, to the clear appreciation of Gujarat?s middle class. Christophe Jaffrelot?s revealing book shows how Modi?s Gujarat served as the laboratory of Modi?s India, not only in terms of Hindu majoritarianism and national populism, but also of caste and class politics.

    ISBN: 9781849044295
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: LABORATORY OF TODAY’S INDIA
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • THE PAKISTAN PARADOX

    Pakistan was born as the creation of elite Urdu-speaking Muslims who sought to govern a state that would maintain their dominance. After rallying non-Urdu speaking leaders around him, Jinnah imposed a unitary definition of the new nation state that obliterated linguistic diversity. This centralisation – ‘justified’ by the Indian threat – fostered centrifugal forces that resulted in Bengali secessionism in 1971 and Baloch, as well as Mohajir, separatisms today.

    Concentration of power in the hands of the establishment remained the norm, and while authoritarianism peaked under military rule, democracy failed to usher in reform, and the rule of law remained fragile at best under Zulfikar Bhutto and later Nawaz Sharif. While Jinnah and Ayub Khan regarded religion as a cultural marker, since their time the Islamists have gradually prevailed. They benefited from the support of General Zia, while others, including sectarian groups, cashed in on their struggle against the establishment to woo the disenfranchised.

    Today, Pakistan faces existential challenges ranging from ethnic strife to Islamism, two sources of instability which hark back to elite domination. But the resilience of the country and its people, the resolve of the judiciary and hints of reform in the army may open a new and more stable chapter in its history.
    ISBN: 9781849043298
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: INSTABILITY AND RESILIENCE
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • MODI’S INDIA

    A riveting account of how a popularly elected leader has steered the world’s largest democracy toward authoritarianism and intolerance

    Over the past two decades, thanks to Narendra Modi, Hindu nationalism has been coupled with a form of national-populism that has ensured its success at the polls, first in Gujarat and then in India at large. Modi managed to seduce a substantial number of citizens by promising them development and polarizing the electorate along ethno-religious lines. Both facets of this national-populism found expression in a highly personalized political style as Modi related directly to the voters through all kinds of channels of communication in order to saturate the public space.

    Drawing on original interviews conducted across India, Christophe Jaffrelot shows how Modi’s government has moved India toward a new form of democracy, an ethnic democracy that equates the majoritarian community with the nation and relegates Muslims and Christians to second-class citizens who are harassed by vigilante groups. He discusses how the promotion of Hindu nationalism has resulted in attacks against secularists, intellectuals, universities, and NGOs. Jaffrelot explains how the political system of India has acquired authoritarian features for other reasons, too. Eager to govern not only in New Delhi, but also in the states, the government has centralized power at the expense of federalism and undermined institutions that were part of the checks and balances, including India’s Supreme Court.

    Modi’s India is a sobering account of how a once-vibrant democracy can go wrong when a government backed by popular consent suppresses dissent while growing increasingly intolerant of ethnic and religious minorities.
    ISBN: 9780691206806
    Publisher: PRINCETON
    Subtitle: HINDU NATIONALISM AND THE RISE OF ETHNIC DEMOCRACY
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • PAKISTAN AT THE CROSSROAD


    ISBN: 9780143440598
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS
    Subtitle: DOMESTIC DYNAMICS AND EXTERNAL PRESSURES

    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • INDIA’S SILENT REVOLUTION


    ISBN: 8178240807
    Publisher: PERMANENT BLACK
    Subtitle:
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • PAN-ISLAMIC CONNECTIONS


    ISBN: 9781849048187
    Publisher: HURST
    Subtitle: TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS BETWEEN SOUTH ASIA AND THE GULF
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • RISE OF THE PLEBEIANS?


    ISBN: 9780415460927
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE INDIA
    Subtitle: THE CHANGING FACE OF INDIAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLIES
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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  • HINDU NATIONALISM


    ISBN: 0691130989
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: A READER
    Author: CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT

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