April 09, 2018

The Missing ‘For’ in the ‘Anti’ Fronts

Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes on why competitive politics calls for more than just conflict rhetoric, in this New Indian Express article. Excerpts:


"The kinetics of karma essentially rests on belief in the principle of causality, in action and reaction, and is Newtonian in concept. The kinetics of politics is also Newtonian in its construct, delivering the cycle of inevitabilities, of cause and consequence. Consolidation of power causes catharsis and catalyzes the unity of those otherwise divided.


The rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party, from six to 20 states on its own and with allies, has triggered political realignments. On Friday, during the celebration of the party’s foundation day in Mumbai, BJP President Amit Shah deployed a mixed metaphor to define the aggregation of political voices and said that when there is a great flood, all kinds of creatures—snakes, mongooses, cats and dogs—find a big tree to climb on to.


The cacophony in the political discourse is fueled by the much-prophesied earlier-than-May 2019 general election. And parties have staked their identity for survival and relevance. The budget session of Parliament, which was reduced to an adjournments session, provided the perfect backdrop for political action– dinner diplomacy by the Congress, meetings by Mamata Banerjee, mediation by Pawar, networking by Naidu, and evangelism of regionalism by K Chandrashekar Rao."


Read the full article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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