Right-wing populism is on the rise across the globe. From Donald Trump in the United States to Matteo Salvini in Italy to Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, right-wing populists are doing better than ever electorally and, increasingly, taking power.
They are also consolidating in the world’s largest democracy, India. This month, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is seeking re-election after five years in government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Right-wing populists, like Marine Le Pen in France and Viktor Orbán in Hungary, offer the same recipe: they claim that a virtuous and homogenous people attached to its traditions is under siege, from above, by political, financial, media, and judicial elites, and, from below, by “dangerous others”, such as immigrants and those with different behaviours and beliefs (especially Muslims).
Please click here to read the full “The global blight of populism threatens the world’s biggest democracy” article at The Sydney Morning Herald, written by Griffith Asia Institute member, Professor Duncan McDonnell.