13 June, 2021

Ideas In Slumber? Switch To Praxis

From the near-paralysis of Nehruvian socialism to a de-ideologised pragmatism is a long way to go

Ideas In Slumber? Switch To Praxis
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In November 1993, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew said, "Good government includes the pursuit of the national interest regardless of theories or ideologies." In the same month six years later, Atal Behari Vajpayee said that the "central message of the 13th Lok Sabha elections was about governance". Later, L.K. Advani confirmed this unconditionally, subordinating the demands of ideology to the even more compelling demands of good government. Here then we have the extraordinary situation in which the Singapore brand of pragmatism, unqualified by theory or doctrinaire convictions, is recognised in the Indian context as central to the process of national development.

From the near-paralysis of Nehruvian socialism to a de-ideologised pragmatism is a long way to go. Yet it represents an attitudinal change from which a national transformation can emerge. True, the new formulation can turn out to be only a form of words. But so far, circumstantial evidence suggests otherwise. Over months, the bjp scene has been one of the party and government—the first partially, the second almost...

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