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Never-ending Modi

Hindutva and Gujarati neoliberalism as prelude to all-India premiership?

Tommaso Bobbio

This article proposes a non conventional analysis of the most significant phenomenon that has marked Indian political life in the past decade. The electoral competition for the 2014 general election is played around two main elements, namely, the selection of convincing prime ministerial candidates and the definition of electoral coalitions. In this perspective, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main party of the right-wing coalition (National Democratic Alliance, NDA), has taken a decisive step by selecting Narendra Modi as its front man for the electoral campaign, and thus the “natural” candidate for the post of prime minister in case of success. A highly controversial figure, Modi polarized the public debate for over a decade: he is either considered a fascist politician or he is praised for the high economic growth rates achieved by the state under his government. This article proposes to move beyond such a dichotomy to highlight Modi's complexity and success in promoting a political culture that merged religious traditionalism and neoliberal economic arguments. Whether his coalition will win the election or not, and whether he will become the next prime minister or not, is greatly significant to the future of India and to the possibility of the many contradictions and diversities that underpin the Indian democracy being conciliated.

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Anand Raja

concerned about the country has a chowkidar in him. Attach yourself to the ‘Mein Bhi chowkidar ’ campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 March at five o'clock in the evening. The Evolution of an Elementary Religion A collage of the

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Amrita De

geographical context, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a sudden televised address on 27 March 2019, sent anticipatory anxiety waves across the country amid his election campaign by announcing the successful test of India's first space weapon—an anti

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The Art of Doubting

A Jewish Perspective

Danny Rich

biography of whom I was able to read while in India, is Narendra Modi, who rather like his American counterpart, Donald Trump, is an unusual incumbent of his office but who has what is described as ‘the Marmite effect’ – you love it/him/them or you hate it

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

’ of emerging relations between human bodies and wasted things. Studying an emerging waste regime: Narendra Modi's ‘Clean India’ If my field were defined by one past binding event, it would be the 1994 ‘plague’ in Surat, 265 kilometres south of

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

lockdown that has seen much of their work deemed non-essential. Based in Gujarat, a long-time laboratory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's experimentation with a distinctively ‘Hindu’ form of neoliberal developmentalism, Dey looks at how a pre

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Is anthropology legal?

Earthquakes, blitzkrieg, and ethical futures

Edward Simpson

thought I was restating the obvious. This immediate post-earthquake period also marked the deliberate intensification and expansion of nationalist politics (see Shah 2002 ; Shani 2007 ), which eventually brought Narendra Modi to power on a BJP ticket

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Benjamin Abrams

government fealty among ordinary Brazilians and saw a corresponding surge in political support (despite Bolsonaro having in fact opposed the generosity of the payments; see Phillips 2020 ). In India, meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

practices, I argue for a renewed understanding of what constitutes work and the intimate space that is the home. The Work of Home On 24 March 2020, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, appeared on TV at 8:00 pm and announced that from midnight

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Ritty Lukose

. The alignments between the US and Indian contexts are striking even though what we might call “#MeToo” moments have unfolded with differential impact. 12 While Donald Trump embodies the rise of right-wing nationalism in the US, Narendra Modi’s brand