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India’s politics in its vernaculars


The 'India's politics in its vernaculars' project is a major international collaboration involving twenty-four scholars of Indian culture, politics and languages.

Together, the team is working to record and analyse the conceptual vocabulary of India’s political life across seventeen Indian languages.

The purpose of the project is not only to capture the most significant features of political language use across the country, but also to build a theoretical vocabulary for analysing Indian politics not in the exogenous terms of Western Political Theory, but in its own terms – using concepts through which Indian political actors themselves conduct and reflect on their politics.

Project status: Ongoing

Principal investigators

Anastasia Piliavsky

Anastasia Piliavsky

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Politics


  • Funding body: European Research Council
  • Amount: 1.5 million Euros
  • Period: February 2021 - January 2026


Anastasia Piliavsky (Principal Investigator):

James Gagen (Project Coordinator):


  • India
  • vernacular
  • language
  • politics