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About Achin Vanaik

Achin Vanaik is a writer and social activist, a former professor at the University of Delhi and Delhi-based Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam. He is the author of The Painful Transition: Bourgeois Democracy in India and The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism.

Articles by Achin Vanaik

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Hindu authoritarianism and agrarian distress

To defeat populist-nationalist forms of communal authoritarianism in India, we have to fight against more than just communalism.

Capitalism and democracy

The dominance of a world capitalist order with "liberal-proceduralist democracy" as its political shell is the necessary framework for understanding the character of "democracy-support" and associated projects, says Achin Vanaik.

The World Social Forum 2003: a personal impression

An Indian veteran of 1960s political struggles, invited to speak on war, empire and unilateralism at Porto Alegre, is inspired by the encounter with a newly-hopeful generation. Yet he warns that such exciting events need to be part of a long-term strategy.
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