Understanding contemporary North Indian politics

I don’t research Indian elections, other than the violent ones, but I try to keep a close eye on north Indian politics in particular. Here are two pieces I’ve found particularly useful over the past couple weeks.

  1. As the Samajwadi Party comes apart in father-son, feuding, this is Neha Dixit’s Caravan profile of the son, Akhilesh Yadav. It’s very long but well worth reading.
  2. Christophe Jaffrelot argues in The Indian Express that India’s “jobless growth” will drive escalating demands for caste-based quotas, which in turn cannot actually solve the underlying political-economic problem. India risks growth without jobs, and demographic expansion without a sufficiently skilled and educated labor force. The implications for political stability over the long run are quite ominous.
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