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Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Alf Gunvald Nilsen is professor of sociology at the University of Pretoria. He researches social movements and the political economy of development and democracy in the global south — with a specific focus on India and the BRICS countries. 
The onward march of Hindu nationalism
The onward march of Hindu nationalism
Last Saturday, the Supreme Court of India delivered its so-called Ayodhya verdict — that is, its ruling as to who is to have title over...
Rage in the twilight of neoliberalism
Rage in the twilight of neoliberalism
Ours are turbulent times of rage and peril. This is currently most clearly evident on the streets of Chile and Lebanon, where huge protests have...
Kashmir: Modi’s threat to India’s democracy
Kashmir: Modi’s threat to India’s democracy
In May the Indian electorate returned Narendra Modi of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the helm of what is professedly the world’s...
Modi victory secures illiberal, majority rule
Modi victory secures illiberal, majority rule
The Indian electorate has ushered in another landslide win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the governing party, the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Indeed, the BJP’s 2019 win last week outstripped the impressive results of 2014 as the party increased its...
The World Bank’s optimism about global poverty misses the point
The World Bank’s optimism about global poverty misses the point
The World Bank’s latest annual report on