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The New Experts

Populist Elites and Technocratic Promises in Modi's India

Anuradha Sajjanhar

The New Experts
The New Experts

The New Experts

Populist Elites and Technocratic Promises in Modi's India

Anuradha Sajjanhar

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'The New Experts explores a fundamental tension in the realm of democratic politics and fills a major void in the study of Indian politics by focusing on think tanks, consulting firms, government advisory groups, among others. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding how 'technocratic imagination' and 'populist mobilisation' is fuelling the BJP's New India project.' Rahul Verma, co-author of Ideology and Identity and Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

'The New Experts explores a fundamental tension in the realm of democratic politics and fills a major void in the study of Indian politics by focusing on think tanks, consulting firms, government advisory groups, among others. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding how 'technocratic imagination' and 'populist mobilisation' is fuelling the BJP's New India project.' Rahul Verma, co-author of Ideology and Identity and Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

'What sustains Hindutva's hold on different sections of India's Hindu society? In this important work, Anuradha Sajjanhar investigates the 'intellectual' pillars that support the Hindutva edifice in contemporary India. This work connects the dots between populist discourse unleashed by the party and a set of think tanks that are connected to or sympathetic to the Hindutva project. These 'new experts' seek to combine ideas of Hindutva and development, facilitating the reach of the party beyond its core constituency. This work is an important addition to Hindutva studies, particularly in understanding the operational dimension of Hindutva beyond its shrill rhetoric.' Suhar Palshikar, political scientist and Chief Editor, Studies in Indian Politics

'Arguing against the notion that technocracy and populism constitute contradictory forces, Anuradha Sajjanhar makes a far-reaching and new contribution to several literatures by demonstrating how populist politics and technocratic policy in India go hand in hand in a mutually reinforcing matrimony. This union creates a 'tech-enhanced' populist regime that can combine a depoliticized discourse on policy while serving a deeply ideological political project. This book sheds new light on how the BJP manages to stay in power by building new social coalitions, with the help of a new class of experts. This book will be of singular interest to scholars of Indian politics, nationalism, populism, and to those studying the right-wing in power.' Gilles Verniers, political scientist and Karl Loewenstein Fellow, Amherst College

Anuradha Sajjanhar is an Assistant Professor in Politics and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia, UK. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Policy and Governance at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Cambridge University Press
  • Pub date
    May 2024
  • Pages
    198
  • Theme
    Far-right political ideologies and movements
  • EAN
    9781009349758
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Language
    English

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