Covid-19 interacts with underlying political trends in the 'rising powers', especially their complex relationship with democracy and authoritarianism. This session will explore how the coronavirus pandemic affects political dynamics in Brazil and India, and particularly the perceived shift of both countries towards more authoritarian governance in recent years. The session will also examine how the crisis intersects with the politics of Hindutva in India and the end of the Pink Tide in Brazil, how it affects the quality of democracy and the potential of movements which oppose the governments in both countries.
Image (adapted): “Meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Norenda Modi” by Alan Santos/PR (CC BY 2.0)
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Dr Sabrina Fernandes, academic and activist, researching currents within left activism in Brazil during the rise of Jair Bolsonaro
Dr Harsh Mander, public intellectual working on human rights, citizenship and social exclusion.