Christophe Jaffrelot

Nonresident Scholar
South Asia Program
Jaffrelot’s core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.
 

Education

PhD, Political Science, Sciences Po 
MA, History, University of Paris I–Sorbonne 
Advanced study degree, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
DULCO of Hindi at “Langues O,” The Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
Diploma, Sciences Po

Languages

English; French; Hindi

 

Christophe Jaffrelot is a nonresident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a senior research fellow at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po in Paris. His core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.

He teaches at Sciences Po and part-time in the United States (Columbia, Princeton, John Hopkins, and Yale). He is also professor of Indian politics and sociology at the King’s India Institute and King’s College, London.

Previously, Jaffrelot served as director (2000–2008) and deputy director (1997–2000) of CERI. He is also former editor in chief (1998-2003) and director (2003–2008) of the quarterly journal Critique Internationale. Jaffrelot joined the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 1991 and was awarded the CNRS bronze medal in 1993. He became a CNRS senior research fellow of second class in 2002 and senior research fellow of first class in 2008. He was awarded the 2014 Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in commentary/interpretive writing.

Jaffrelot is the author of six books including, Religion, Caste and Politics in India (Columbia University Press, 2011), and has edited seventeen volumes, including Pakistan: Nationalism Without a Nation? (Manohar and Zed Books, 2002).

  • Indian Political Rally
    Op-Ed Indian Express October 6, 2014
    The Other Saffron

    Yogi Adityanath, a polarizing BJP member of parliament, will play a prominent role if the party’s electoral rhetoric shifts from development to sectarian issues.

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  • Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif
    Op-Ed Indian Express September 13, 2014
    Going Back to Rawalpindi

    The recent crisis in Pakistan has shown that the army does not need to seize power to be recognized as the most powerful institution in the country.

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  • Pakistani national flag
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 20, 2014
    Painted into a Corner

    If one goes by the media coverage of Imran Khan’s Azadi March from Lahore to Islamabad, one may conclude that Imran has become the leader of the Pakistani opposition. But it remains to be seen if he can overcome the obvious weaknesses of his strategy.

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  • Indian children
    Op-Ed Indian Express August 11, 2014
    Misunderstanding Secularism

    Indian secularism does not imply the secularisation of society. On the contrary, far from excluding religion from the public sphere, Indian secularism officially recognises all faiths.

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  • 2014 BRICS summit
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 25, 2014
    Fortaleza vs Washington

    The sixth BRICS summit signaled a more purposeful solidarity among emerging economies.

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  • Pakistani soldier
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 16, 2014
    Coming Late to the War

    In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan’s army may be on verge of a paradigm shift. But it might be too late.

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  • Indian polling station guard
    Op-Ed Indian Express July 2, 2014
    Lawmakers and Law-Breakers

    Crime data on legislators and electoral candidates in India must be carefully unpacked.

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  • Pakistani militia
    Op-Ed Indian Express June 11, 2014
    City of the Long Siege

    The arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain arrest in the UK could threaten Karachi’s relatively stable state of instability.

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  • Indian national flag
    Op-Ed Indian Express May 28, 2014
    Invisible in the House

    The shrinking numbers of Muslims in the Indian Parliament is not new. But 2014 results are unprecedented.

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  • Op-Ed Indian Express May 12, 2014
    Myth of Moderation

    Political scientists argue that the electoral process inevitably modernizes religious political parties. While the “moderation thesis” may have a point, it is largely irrelevant in the case of India.

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  • October 17, 2014 Washington, DC
    Modi’s Transformative Moment?

    The first 100 days of a new government can be tumultuous as power shifts hands and leaders make dramatic decisions. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thus far proceeded in a more nuanced fashion, making an assessment of his first four months in office more complicated.

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  • October 11, 2013 Washington, DC
    Narendra Modi’s Experiment With the Middle Class in Gujarat

    Earlier this month, India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that Narendra Modi would be its prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 national elections.

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  • November 8, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    The Regionalization of Indian Politics and the Challenge of Coalition-building

    The 2009 Indian general elections saw the United Progressive Alliance gain a remarkable increase of seats in the National Assembly, but its success was largely due to the fragmentation of the party system resulting from the regionalization of Indian politics.

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  • November 18, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    Containing or Engaging Pakistan? An American Dilemma

    The United States has dealt with Pakistan as a client state for more than half a century. Today, the relationship is complicated and Washington is at a crossroads: can the United States continue to engage Pakistan or has the time come for a different strategy?

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