July 23, 2018

Realities beyond hugs-n-winks optics

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, parses the no confidence motion debate in Parliament, in this New Indian Express article. Excerpts:


"People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.”
— Michel Foucault


You could say Foucault’s proposition was visiting the political landscape this week. Friday saw the entire nation tuning in and out of the 12-hour spectacle of a no confidence motion brought by TDP and the Opposition. The average John Jaani Janardhan could well step up and ask, does the political class know what what they do does? The score at 11.08 pm, in the hour approaching pumpkin time, read 325-126.


Soon after Rahul Gandhi finished his speech, the BJP’s Twitter handle, @BJP4India, posted a cleverish “We cannot thank you enough for the entertainment.” It would be seductive to adopt the framing to characterize much of the 12-hour binge of political bluff and bluster. The fact is, between word duels, amidst the decibels and beyond the optics of hugs and winks, reality was calling out."


Read the full article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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