Nikita Sud

Nikita Sud is Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research and teaching is centered on the politics of development, the neoliberal transformation of postcolonial states and governance, and the political sociology and political economy of contemporary India. Prior to joining the faculty at Oxford, Sud was Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. In previous avatars, she has worked with international and local NGOs in western India on issues of gender, disaster management and primary education. She regularly offers consultancy services on Indian business, regional politics, the land market and globalization. Her work has appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express, Outlook, The Tribune, Dainik Bhaskar, BBC Radio 4, and Radio France among others. Sud is the author of Liberalization, Hindu Nationalism and the State: A Biography of Gujarat (Oxford University Press, 2012).

The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

Transparency and accountability are hardly Narendra Modi's forte. India's Hindu Right is associated with the color saffron. The saffron flag, or bhagwa dhwaj, adorns the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or Sangh for short), which is at the core of the Hindu nationalist movement. The Sangh stands for an India of "one nation, one culture, one people." Under this philosophy, the... Continue Reading

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