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Pakistan Hub webinar series

The rise of populism in South Asia

30 March 2022 13:00–14:00

13:00 (UK time). 18:00 (PKT time). LUMS Facebook page

In this distinguished lecture the speakers examine the relationship between the leftist populists of the 1970s and the right-wing populists of the 2010s and explore whether their authoritarian practices differ.

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India has long held an exceptional status as the most consolidated democracy in the developing world. However, this status is now seen as at risk by the government of Narendra Modi. Modi was elected in 2014 on a wave of genuine dissatisfaction with the status quo, expressed through the electoral support among the middle classes for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, his governing projects are associated with intolerance toward minorities and dissenters and exhibit

To understand the rise of right populism in India, we have to reflect on an earlier period of the 1960s and early 1970s when Indira Gandhi launched a populist campaign of the left against the entrenched power structures of the Congress party in India. Indira achieved resounding electoral victories and led India to its first authoritarian phase. In this talk, we will explore the relationship between the left populists in the 1970s and the right populists in the 2010s to understand whether there are differences in the authoritarian practices of left and right populists


  • Pradeep Chhibber, Berkeley


  • Shandana Khan Mohmand, IDS
  • Hassan Javid, Lahore University of Management Sciences

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