ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bored to the Teeth and No Bite Left

ABOUT a quarter of a century ago Arthur Koestler held it against political parties that they either ignored or exaggerated the importance of the irrational in politics. We in India, the land of Kautilya, need no instruction from a Hungarian. Left or Right, we recognise the irrational and take the fullest advantage of it- One look at the politics of Bihar or Uttar Pradesh will convince anyone that caste is the decisive factor. Dissident Congressmen, the Bangla Congress, is fully conscious of its regional appeal. There is no reason to doubt that caste and parochialism are equally important factors in the other States. The larger the electorate, the more decisive is the irrational in us all. Discernment and democracy may be almost mutually exclusive quantities.

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