6 June: Gravensteen Lecture - Christophe Jaffrelot (Kings College London) - The Rise of the BJP

Christophe Jaffrelot will give a lecture on the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the context of the 2014 elections in India. Gravensteen, room 11, 3-5pm. All are welcome. Reception to follow.

Date & Time  
2 May 2014 

Gravensteen, Room 11 
Pieterskerkhof 6 
2311 SR Leiden 

Reception to follow at the Faculty Club Brasserie


The Rise of the BJP

The 16th general elections are bound to see the rise of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) which will register an unprecedented large number of valid votes and - probably - seats. This achievement is partly due to the personality of Narendra Modi but it has also something to do with the new political culture of the Indian middle class, the communal polarization of Northern and Western India and the decline of the Congress. The impact of the rise of BJP on the Indian democracy will depend on the scale of its electoral victory and the attitude of its coalition partners.

Speaker Bio

Christophe Jaffrelot is Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris). He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008. His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan. 

The Gravensteen Lectures is a joint initiative started by LGI and AMT. This new series will bring out leading international scholars at the forefront of thinking through historic, contemporary, and emergent transcultural and international connections and their impacts. First Fridays, Gravensteen, 3:00-5:00pm. For the full schedule of speakers and more information about the series, click here.

Last Modified: 04-06-2014