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Ajay Gudavarthy

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Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy  is Associate Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has authored and edited several books on Indian politics, including  India after Modi: Populism and the Right  (Bloomsbury, Delhi, 2018), and  Secular Sectarianism: Limits of Subaltern Politics  ( Edited, Sage, 2019). Dr. Gudavarthy has served as Visiting Fellow/Faculty in universities in India and abroad, including the University of Calcutta, (2014), Gottingen University and  Tubingen University, Germany. Has also served as a Visiting Faculty in the University of Hyderabad, Visiting Fellow, Goldsmith College, University of London, and won the Charles Wallace Visiting Fellowship, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom.

A Pandemic as a Political Reality Check

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought governments and their policies under scrutiny. In India, daily official bulletins talk about the numbers of persons