Understanding Indian Elections

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Indian general election will be held in seven phases, from 11 April to 19 May 2019. These elections will constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, the House of the People (the lower House of the Indian bicameral Parliament). Scheduled to be declared on 23 May, the results of the election will express several crucial issues and debates that have been at the heart of the political campaign, some of which very controversial. Read our short interview with Christophe Jaffrelot, and access some of his recent publications in English on the issue, in academic venues as well as in the media.

Online Interview

"Four questions on India. An interview with Christophe Jaffrelot"
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Etudes du CERI

18 September 2018

"Crony Capitalism in India under Narendra Modi
Christophe Jaffrelot - Access document (in French)



"The Fate of Secularism in India"
Christophe Jaffrelot, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 4 April 2019
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"Portrait of Narendra Modi - Prime Minister of India"
Christophe Jaffrelot
, Institut Montaigne, 21 November 2018
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"7 lessons from the Indo-Pakistani crisis"
Christophe Jaffrelot, Institut Montaigne, 08 March 2019
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Majoritarian State. How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India
Angana P. Chatterji, Thomas Blom Hansen, and Christophe Jaffrelot (eds)
March 2019 - More information


Business and Politics in India
Christophe Jaffrelot, Atul Kohli, and Kanta Murali (eds)
January 2019- More information


In the news

"Disinformation campaigns shrink the possibilities of genuine debate ahead of polls"
Christophe Jaffrelot, The Indian Express (New Delhi), 08 April 2019
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"India - 2019 election campaign: 2014 redux?"
Christophe Jaffrelot, Mumbai Mirror, 02 April 2019
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"In Uttar Pradesh, law is misused to target minorities"
Christophe Jaffrelot and Syed H. A. Rizvi, The Indian Express (New Delhi), 25 March 2019
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"Beyond optics, Congress has begun flirting with some of BJP’s favourite campaign themes" Christophe Jaffrelot, The Indian Express (New Delhi), 13 March 2019
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"New red lines: Christophe Jaffrelot lists seven key takeaways from the India-Pakistan conflict" Christophe Jaffrelot, Scroll.in, 12 March 2019
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"Quota, old plus new"
Christophe Jaffrelot and Kalaiyarasan A, The Indian Express (New Delhi), 02 March 2019
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Previous months publications may be found in the CERI monthly Press review, here

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