Ian Hall

Ian Hall

Ian Hall is a Professor of International Relations at the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University. His most recent book is Modi and the Reinvention of Indian Foreign Policy (2019).

Ian Hall reviews 'The Shortest History of India' by John Zubrzycki

July 2022, no. 444 25 June 2022
Ian Hall reviews 'The Shortest History of India' by John Zubrzycki
It takes genuine courage to attempt a synoptic history of India and considerable skill to abridge the story of more than five thousand years into a book of fewer than three hundred pages. For a start, the evidence we have for what occurred during the first forty centuries is scarce and uneven. Archaeologists have unearthed planned towns, figurines, seals, pots, and tools that attest to the existen ... (read more)

Ian Hall reviews 'To Kill a Democracy: India’s passage to despotism' by Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane

September 2021, no. 435 19 August 2021
Ian Hall reviews 'To Kill a Democracy: India’s passage to despotism' by Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane
In a recent interview, India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, was asked whether his country was heading in what his interlocutor, the Lowy Institute’s Michael Fullilove, called ‘an illiberal direction’. Bristling, Jaishankar denied the charge. India is undergoing something quite different, he argued. It is experiencing a ‘very deep democratization’. This process might be ha ... (read more)