Dr Ajay Gudavarthy

Dr Ajay Gudavarthy

Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, (JNU), New Delhi.

Farmers Movement and the Populist Authoritarianism in India

Counterstrategies need not merely emotionalise protest but to also revolutionise emotions. They need to dig deep into everyday ethics, their presence in common sense, and modes of normative evaluation. This is what happened during the Indian farmers' protests. Three years after they erupted, Ajay Gudavarthy takes a look at the successful mobilisation that managed to make a dent in India's authoritarian regime

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra- Beyond the Political?

Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra Beyond the Political?
It is now widely agreed that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has shed his earlier image of ‘Pappu’ that included being a reluctant politician, being indifferent and also perhaps a tad incompetent. All that has changed for good but it’s not yet clear what his new image is. What is the new space that he can carve out to earn trust and credibility? The Bharat Jodo Yatra is pitched to be only partially political in the sense of not aiming exclusively at electoral outcomes. The yatra and Gandhi’s speeches have expanded the meaning and purpose of ‘politics’ beyond electoralism.