About Robin Jeffrey

Robin Jeffrey is a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore.


Pioneer of India and South Asia studies inspired a generation of students


Obituary Donald Anthony Low (1927–2015) Anthony Low, the third president of the ASAA in 1981–2 and vice-chancellor of the Australian National University from 1975–82, died on 12 February in Canberra after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Nanital in north India (his father was a missionary in Allahabad), Low was an outstanding scholar not […]


Modi’s new broom aims to sweep India clean

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Narendra Modi enlists the Mahatma in his ambitious campaign to make India a clean place in five years, ROBIN JEFFREY and ASSA DORON report. Narendra Modi, India’s powerful new prime minister, chose Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October to launch a ‘Clean India!’ or Swachh Bharat campaign. He committed big funding to making India a […]


Anxiety persists over India’s new government


Early signs are mixed that India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, can deliver on his promise to create a genuinely inclusive sense of nationhood. Why are many people in India apprehensive about the country’s new government? The Bharatiya Janata Party won 282 seats in the 543-seat lower house, and with its allies, it won close […]