22 September, 2020

New World Symphony From Benares

A nay to old socialism: our just-crowned ‘conservatism’ is, ironically, a brash, radical validation of the new

New World Symphony From Benares

Illustration by Sorit
Having bucked the fate of liberal democracies elsewhere in the world, India has belatedly gone conservative. In the last forty years, Western democracies have witnessed the steady erosion of voter participation and the consolidation of conservative politics. Modi’s victory has declared the arrival of a distinctive brand of conservatism as the mandated political language to direct India’s future. Modi is now routinely, if inaccurately, compared to Thatcher and alarmingly and erroneously to Hitler. Yes, he is a strong figure determined to cast his imprint on...


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