We also know that despite being a multi-party system on paper, India is *essentially* a two-party system: it’s always either the Congress or the BJP that forms the government.
And like the thread I quoted—read all of it if you can—different context but there’s that essential truth: A country built on repressing people’s choices isn’t stable.
One vote to one person? HOW MANY votes is that? How many of those votes get cast in India?
Can you see why I said we’re basically several feudalistic societies under a thin veneer of democracy?
We’ve always lived in India like that. That was the way of life.
Even the least political of us have noticed that.
We all know India will not go gently into transitioning to a full-on Hindutva nation.
But another Modi government may END the democracy altogether.
But you see, that is the *problem.* An efficient dictator kills you in more efficient ways.
I didn’t use the Holocaust analogy lightly. Many people forget this, but pre-Holocaust Germany used to be a democracy. Hitler was an *elected* leader. He didn’t inherit his position.
It was a genocide carried out by the elected government of a democratic country against its own citizens, sanctioned and supported by its *other* citizens.
Hitler wasn’t a single psychopathic anomaly—a bloodthirsty king whom nobody likes but they can’t get rid of.
Nazis were an ideology. COMMON PEOPLE were Nazis.
Vajpayee or Manmohan Singh couldn’t have destroyed India. Nor can RaGa, even if he wanted. But Modi? I’m not so sure. And I’m very, very afraid.