Felix Pal is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University’s Department of Political and Social Change. They have a BA (Islamic Studies) from the University of Melbourne (2015), and a BA (Asia-Pacific Studies) (Hons) from the ANU (2016). Their academic interests centre around the contemporary far-right Hindu nationalist movement in India, focusing specifically on organisational ties within the movement, and its relationship with India’s minorities. More broadly, Felix is interested in contemporary Indian politics, ethnic conflict, far-right organisational networks, and contemporary South Asian Islamic thought.
Felix’s PhD dissertation explores the politics of pluralism within far-right movements building on extensive fieldwork with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the Muslim wing of the militantly Islamophobic Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Suggesting that pluralist ideals can be repurposed for bigoted agendas, Felix’s work proposes a rethink of how the contemporary far-right engages with progressive thought.