24 November, 2020

Reading Between The Buttons

Written like a ready reckoner of issues that should have mattered and set the agenda for this election

Reading Between The Buttons
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General Elections 2014 is a mega farce in which rhetoric, horseplay, manufactured consent and a host of scriptless actors are playing their parts. The battle will be fought on the principle of Hobson’s Choice—take it or leave it, or worse still, choose between equally app­a­lling options, choose when you have no choice. The jasmine revolution of India has come and gone, leaving a lot many Gramscians gloating over their scotch. NOTA (none of the above), the abstinence button on your EVM, is all that is left. In the context of such dismal travesty, the timely and clever 100 Things To Know And Debate Before You Vote by Hindol Sengupta makes for spirited reading.

It is written like a ready reckoner of issues that should have mattered and set the agenda for this election—“from fina­ncial scams to womens’ rights and parliamentary spends”—instead of the dangerously covert balderdash that dominates the media space. Even as political parties publish their manifestos—three weeks before the elections very few...

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