31 August 2011

Article: India's assault on democracy

Article: India's assault on democracy

There has been endless debate in India over what the till-death hunger strike and political demands of Anna Hazare mean for democracy in the country. Here's a piece from the blog of the British left-of-centre magazine, "New Statesman", written by Indian freelance journalist Kapil Komireddi on 29 August 2011, calling the recent events "India's assault on democracy".

Excerpt: "Unanswerable to parliament, above the constitution, beyond the traditional checks and balances of democracy, and its incorruptibility apparently secure because its functionaries would be drawn primarily from a pool of distinguished prizewinners, the Jan Lokpal [citizens' ombudsman] is a crystallisation of the emergent Indian middle class's yearning for a benign dictatorship."

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