Category India

What a ballot-rigging conspiracy theory says about India’s toxic political climate

by Nayanika Mathur **Reprinted from The Conversation.** The headline story from India’s recent provincial elections was the staggering victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. But a range of politicians and observers, however, have claimed it wasn’t Modi’s charisma that won it for the BJP, but rigged voting […]

Review: Ayya’s Accounts

**Review first published in Pacific Affairs 1926, Vol 89 (3): 696-698.** by Geert De Neve Ayya’s Accounts is a most wonderful product of listening, narrating and co-writing between Anand Pandian, an anthropologist of Tamil descent born and bred in the US, and his grandfather, Ayya – as he is respectfully called by the family – […]

The Violence of Capital

by Andrew Sanchez Since 2006 I have conducted research in Jamshedpur, the industrial company town of the Tata Corporation in eastern India. My work interrogates the systemic relationship between criminality and modern capitalism, and considers how people use languages of corruption to articulate their experiences of class. I question the assumption that capitalism is only […]