Oxford University press India has refused to publish an upcoming book To Kill a Democracy by Debasish Roy Chowdhury and John Keane possibly because of fear of the Narendra Modi government. This book is highly critical of the policies of the Modi government. Asia Times reports:
In an apparent attempt to avoid offending the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Oxford University Press has declined to print the Indian release of To Kill a Democracy, a book whose international edition was reviewed favorably by Asia Times in June.
Is Narendra Modi really killing Indian democracy? Let’s see.
What is democracy?
Democracy is defined as a system of government of elected representatives of people. In India a political party needs 2/3 majority to be in power. This is the majoritarian rule for which democracies around the world are famous.
Judging by this main criteria of majority rule, Narendra Modi is very much a democratically elected prime minister of India. His party BJP and allies won more than 2/3 seats in the last parliamentary election. Modi’s ascension to power is very much democracy.
So what Modi is doing to India is Democracy. He is not killing it. Modi is a properly elected democratic PM of India like what Hitler was. This is democracy. It actually is the peak of democracy. Modi represents the heart of a majority of Indian voters. I talk with them daily in my classes and outside them. They want a Hindu Rashtra even at the cost of their livelihood.
This whole episode reminds me of what H L Mencken said about democracy:
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Narendra Modi represents this inner soul of the majority of the Indian voters. And this is why all the criticism of Narendra Modi should be the criticism of democracy. Narendra Modi isn’t a problem. The system of democracy is the problem which allows majority of people to dictate the terms. Narendra Modi is just an agent elected by the majority of voting public to do what their heart is desiring. Without their support, he is a nobody. This is the tyranny of many. Despotism of the crowd. To understand why democracy is the worst form of political system my readers are advised to read Frank Karsten’s Beyond Democracy.
People need to stop worshipping the failed God of democracy. It is time to go beyond democracy and look for better alternative political systems for the world.
5 thoughts on “Is Narendra Modi killing Democracy in India?”
The only alternative system that I can think of other than democracy is democracy based on individualism and policy rather than based on electing leaders. For example, if I want welfare, then I should only pay taxes for it, and no one else.
By the way, can you do an analysis of this year’s budget?
> They want a Hindu Rashtra even at the cost of their livelihood
Tell me, what makes the majority of Indian voters immune to very real material conditions that they’d vote for ideology instead of the basic amenities? What makes India magically immune to basic principles of anthropology? The majority in India doesn’t go to universities and meet with professors or indeed even understand basic systems of democracy, autocracy, individualism, libertarianism, communism, or even hindu nationalism etc. Modi definitely wants to maintain this perception that he’s winning because of Hindu Nationalism. And so does his opposition, to peddle narratives. Reality is much more complex, and I’m disheartened to see even thinkers at Mises, whom I’ve never known to buy popular narratives, conform to this line of thinking.
It’s like if you have to defeat someone, you focus on their flaws which makes you feel confident and superior and impending success motivates you to justify acts of confrontation.
People in India vote for he who shows them a better dream and fulfills atleast a part of it.
While analysing this, we ignore contributions of central schemes like gram sadak Yojana or lpg scheme or toilet building. Or Delhi govts work on schools and hospitals. Or Bengal’s kanyashree schemes that actually touched millions of people’s lives , which is very rare in 3rd world countries where state for the majority of people’s lives has been absent.
We look at politics basis twitter trends and statements made in Central Delhi – but that’s hardly how things run on the ground.
“People in India vote for he who shows them a better dream and fulfills atleast a part of it.” How do you know that? Are voters coming and telling you?
THE CHAIWALA HAS KILLED THE CDS OF THE INDIAN MILITARY
IT WAS NOT A DEATH ! IT WAS A KILLING ! THE INDIAN MILITARY IS DOOMED !
THE PILOT JUMPED OUT OF THE CHOPPER BEFORE THE CRASH LEAVING THE CDS ALONE !
INDIAN STYLE !
THE IAF HAS BLOWN A HOLE INTO THE CREDIBILITY OF THE RUSSIAN MI17 !
IN 1963 ALSO,A CHOPPER CRASHED WITH 3 GENERALS AND THAT WAS 1 YEAR AFTER THE 1962 WAR WITH CHINA ! THE CDS WAS KILLED 1 YEAR AFTER GALWAN ! THOSE 3 GENERALS HAD FOUGHT IN 1962 ,AND THE CDS FOUGHT IN SUMDORONG CHU !
IN 1993 LT GENERAL JAJAL MEHMOOD WAS KILLED IN A CHOPPER CRASH IN BHUTAN ! HE ALSO FOUGHT IN THE 1962 WAR !
IT IS A MESSAGE FROM PROVIDENCE TO INDIANS, TO DRINK COW PISS COLA AND QUIT KASHMIR AND NORTH EAST INDIA ! IS IT THE CURSE OF THE KASHMIRIS , AND THE PEOPLE UNDER THE DRACONIAN AFSPA ?
BUT THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE KILLED ARE STILL ALIVE ! LIKE CHAIWALA AND BANIA AMIT SHAH AND LOOONGEWALA RAJ POOT RAJNATH SINGH !
WHOSOEVER FOLLOWS THE PATH OF MODI THE CHAIWALA IS DOOMED ! PARRIKAR SPOKE THE SAME LANGUAGE AS CHAIWALA AND AMIT SHAH, AND DIED A SLOW DEATH OF CANCER! THE CDS ALSO SUPPORTED CHAIWALA AND TALKED LIKE CHAIWALA AND HE DIED A SUDDEN DEATH !
THE MORAL OF THE MAHABHARATA IS THAT ” YOU CANNOT SUPPORT EVIL”. HINDOOISM AND CHAIWALA ARE EVIL. WHOEVER SUPPORTS THEM IS DOOMED !
THE KILLING OF THE CDS,IS A POINTER AND A PREMONITION OF THE DOOM OF THE INDIAN MILITARY. THE CHOPPER CRASH WAS DUE TO A DETONATION OR A SABOTAGE.HE WAS A RUSSIA LOVER,AS ALL ARMY MEN ARE,AS THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH SOVIET PRICES, AND TECHNOLOGY.THE FACT IS ALSO THAT,INDIANS ARE DUDS AND ARE NOT CAPABLE OF USING NATO HITECH.
THE CDS IS THE MAN,WHO TILTED THE ADS/BMD DEAL TO RUSSIA – BY CONVINCING CHAIWALA AND LOOOGEWALA RAJPOOT RAJNATH SINGH.IN A NATION,WHEREIN THE NAVY NEEDS US TECH,THE IAF NEEDS US AND EU TECH – THEREFORE, A CDS FROM THE INDIAN ARMY,IS DOOMED BY DEFINITION.dindooohindoo
THE CDS HAS PROVIDED THE DEFINITIVE TILT TO THE INDIAN MILITARY PROCUREMENT STRATEGY, WHICH,POST UKRAINE,WILL BE SUMMARISED AS,”GOOD BYE TO NATO AND EUROPE”.
AMERICAN AND EU MILITARY CONTRACTORS,HAVE DUG DEEP TRENCHES,IN THE INDIAN NAVY AND IAF.
TO THINK THAT THE CDS WAS KILLED,IS “NOT” IMAGINATION,AND IF THE RUSSIANS DO NOT USE THIS OPPORTUNITY……………..
“HOW CAN AN INDIAN FLY RAFAELS OR RUN NUKE SUBS” ?
Net Result – 1 year later the Indian CDS is dead,in a chopper crash,in Toilet Nadu.Next doom is for the Indian Navy.
Which is Y I tell people,that can cannot place your life in the hands of an Indian ! Nothing touched by an Indian,should enter the body,no life saving support should be made or diagnosed or administered, by an Indian.
When you are in an aerial or land or sea contraption,run by an Indian – you are placing your life in the hands of an Indian.Prepare for an accident – ANY SECOND.Position yourself, that you neither die nor be hurt,and that you will be able to exit the contraption, no mater what.
This IAF fool – Mr Varun – was flying at low altitude,at a time of the day in a valley of dense forests, with temperature variations (Hot/Cold),which causes mists and low hanging clouds – WHICH ARE TRAPPED IN THE MOUNTAIN SIDES.
Y was the fool flying at low altitude ? He would have saved fuel at higher altitude ?
2nd – why were the fuel tanks FULL,for a 30 minutes flight ? The passengers would have survived,had the fuel tanks not burst,and set the chopper on fire.In addition,the steel which can survive a missile shot – MELTED,due to the Aircraft fuel,of a CHOPPER !
That means,you had an EXPLOSION ! BEFORE OR AFTER,THE CHOPPER HIT THE GROUND – is the question !
Jackpot is for Russia !
The Black Box and CPR … will go to Russia – and you can expect a 10 Billion USD,IAF and Army acquisition by India,from Putin (to keep Rasputin quiet).
Putin will have the Indian Military’s soul,in his hands – via the CPR and Black Box.
Even if a Mi17 can dodge a missile hit,Y fly low,when the schedule of the CDS is known,and any Ellai Pillai LTTE,can fire a RPG at the tail wing,and it will hit – cause a tailspin and there will no vertical distance downwards,to control the chopper.At a height,the pilot can dodge the RPG,and be beyond its range,and have enough time and space,to play around.
Also,low height means,parachuting is not an option.All Military staff on a chopper,should have PARACHUTES ON THEM,AS A MANDATORY PROTOCOL TO BOARD THE CRAFT.ONLY AN INDIAN DUD WOULD MISS OUT ON THESE MATTERS.
ONLY AN INDIAN FOOL WILL FLY INTO FOG WITH A VIP,IN A VALLEY WITH DENSE FORESTS AND THAT TOO WITH A NEPALI TRASH – SATPALRAI, IN TOW !
Which is Y I say – NEVER PLACE YOUR LIFE IN THE BRAIN,OR HANDS OF AN INDIAN (and their derivatives,id.est., Khmer/ Laos/Vietnamese(South)/Indonasean trash).As an example,place yourself in the cycle,bike,3 or 4 or 6 wheeler or boat or a jet,in a position that you will survive a headlong collision and concentrate on the road and the traffic – every second.
That is a fundamental rule of life,which I follow,EVERY SECOND .dindooohindoo