Aao Twist Karein!

Democracy as a feedback loop

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Here is an article that tries to argue that:

Mitt Romney doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy.

Irrespective of what you think of the arguments, the interesting bit for me comes in one of the comments:

This is why you’re a foreign policy analyst and not an election analyst. Mitt’s probably not ignorant– he just knows most of his audience is.

Among other things, politics is the art of trying to determine what your audience wants to hear, and then say exactly that. This holds true for India as well. Contrary to a lot of rhetorical talk of politicians in India being incompetent and out-of-touch, the successful ones are successful because they are able to detect what the people want to hear, with reasonable accuracy. The electorate, in turn, votes for politicians that say what they want to hear. Democracy at one level is a slow feedback loop.

The Indian middle class needs to understand that if they really want development to be the primary issue and not identity politics, they have to wait for the rest of India to change its mind as to what it wants to hear. The rest of India is not ignorant. It just has different priorities for the moment, and that will change with time.


Written by aaotwistkarein

March 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

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