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Trivialization of Indian Politics

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Getting personal is easier. The Prime Minister and those in power are soft targets as they cannot stoop down to the level of name calling and counter personal attacks to defend themselves. There is a trivialization of politics at place. This is evident in the political debates and discussions, news channels and talk shows as well as social media.

The current activities of some opposition political leaders reflect the larger erosion of the norms of intellectual engagement in this country. We no longer debate ideas, we attack individuals. The reason behind such vile tactics may be that it is easier to mislead the public and grab the headlines to cause the TRP to rise. Simply call your opponent names, use four letter words, jeer and boo at them, and lo-behold the sound byte will play in every news-channel and social media like an endless loop of a broken record.

Getting personal is easier. The Prime Minister and those in power are soft targets as they cannot stoop down to the level of name calling and counter personal attacks to defend themselves. There is a trivialization of politics at place. This is evident in the political debates and discussions, news channels and talk shows as well as social media. In the name of democratizing debates, social media has trivialized it. There is no deep engagement on important issues. Often both sides indulge in meaningless cacophony.

Social media is to politics what the ‘Fun Boy Three’ were to pop music. A footnote, as incidental and as evanescent as any other teenage crush. Be not fooled – this is not the Putney Debates for the young. Trolls working at the behest of politicians can use Twitter and Facebook to link to interesting political stuff. They can share a witty meme of a stalwart leader looking like a different incarnation of a plonker, and that’s amusing for 10 seconds. But the screechy, exclusive self-righteousness of social media political tribes/trolls is enough to drive out anyone balanced or curious after 30 seconds.

Congress spokespersons and its troll army have trivialized politics in the last 8 years. 2014 general elections dealt the Congress an 

electoral punch that knocked the wind out of its sails. It also threw up a leader in Narendra Modi that was reminiscent of Indira Gandhi with a larger-than-life image and that resulted in a tectonic shift of political equilibrium in Delhi from the middle of the centre ideological pinning of the Congress to the right wing brand of politics of the BJP, which rolled out a new political discourse promising to usher in a new India free from the Congress.

India continues to face real social problems like poverty, malnutrition etc and incidents of gender violence continue, our entire political discourse is mired with trivial politics. Those out of power make silly insensitive statements and those in the power have to respond on the backfoot by justifying their actions, rather than continuing to tackle real issues and challenges before the nation. There is an urgent need to bring back political discourse and discussion with issues of concern. The policies of government which impact the lives of the people have been pushed to the margins. And the centre stage has been taken by the irresponsible remarks of some people.

Amidst all this, the voice of the reason is silenced, while politics is trivialized.


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