Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University; Christophe Jaffrelot,
Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
Presenter Bios Christophe Jaffrelot is Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He also teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris) and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of CERI (Centre dEtudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008. His research interests include: theories of nationalism and democracy; mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India; Hindu nationalist movement; ethnic conflicts in Pakistan; the Dargah culture (with special reference to Ajmer sharif as a shared sacred space) and the relations between businessmen and politicians in India (with special reference to Gujaratis).
Gilles Verniers is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University. He is also joint course coordinator and faculty at Ashoka Universitys Young India Fellowship on two courses titled the BRICS course and Governing the Indian Metropolis. His research interests include Mechanisms of representation and participation in India, State politics, Democratisation in South Asia, Sociology of elected representatives, controversies and problems in Indias democracy, Ethnic and Post-Identity Politics, Minority Politics, Political parties. Dr. Verniers has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley and a part of several research projects including a project on the visuality of Democracy funded by the Alliance Program at Columbia University, co-coordinator on a project on the sociology of Representatives in India conducted jointly by Sciences Po, LSE, Kings India Institute, JNU and Ambedkar University Lucknow, as well as a project on the Social Profiling of MPs and MLAs funded by Sciences Po, on which he serves as a co-coordinator along with Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot (a member of Ashoka Universitys Academic Council). He is the co-Editor of a forthcoming book on the sociology of elected representatives in India, with Prof. Christophe Jaffrelot and Dr. Sanjay Kumar, CSDS. Before joining Ashoka, he served as Sciences Po Paris Representative in India, in charge of student and faculty mobility and academic cooperation with various Indian partners. He came to New Delhi in 2005 on a French embassy to India lectureship, teaching French at Jamia Millia Islamia.