Getting rid of the socialistic hangover

De-intellectualising the Right

Gaurav Sabnis was able to convince a cabby on the merits of libertarianism. His experience leads him to conclude that the struggle for economic freedom needs a new Mahatma. Such a Mahatma, however, will have to contend with the layer of socialistic verdigris that has come to encrust the India’s entrepreneural shine. Shruthijit at Spontaneous Order describes just how entrenched the socialism is in Indian society.

But Gaurav has a point — there is no mainstream political party that is even close to espousing right of centre economics. Before its electoral defeat, the BJP appeared to be heading in that direction, but it since has abandoned those inclinations. Considering that socialist moorings remain strong in academic curricula, it may be a generation before India sees the formation of genuine political Right.

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5 thoughts on “Getting rid of the socialistic hangover”

  1. Considering that socialist moorings remain strong in academic curricula, it may be a generation before India sees the formation of genuine political Right

    That day JNU will turn Right. What we need is a genuine political Right minus religious bigotry. Is that possible?

  2. Tavleen Singh made a similar point in a recent article, though she focused her criticism on Singh et al. Part of the problem may be that for so long, politicians like Indira Gandhi derided anyone in favor of free-market policies as being “anti-poor”. This leaves politicians hesitant to endorse such policies even though many people are now aware of the growth that’s come since the first reforms were introduced. Hopefully once the BJP figures out that banging the drums over Ayodhya isn’t enough to bring them back to power, and could wreck their coalition if taken too far, they’ll take a second look at emphasizing economics.

    The Swatantra Party sounds interesting. Hopefully they’ll gain a following within the middle class.

  3. This post was bang on target, Nitin.

    Anyways, ‘right to enterprise’ being enshrined as a fundamental right in the constitution would be a great way to begin i’d say….. Followed by the ‘right to information’ of course which has worked up quite a strom in the few places where NGOs and enlightened individuals have realised its potency.

    I’ve always championed the emergence of pro-market economics in India…if onloy th syndicate had ousted Indira…If only the pakis (or the russians) had posioned Indira instead of shastri…..

    But this mahatma concept to sell reforms…hmmmmm. I suppose Chidambaram woukld make a good candidate, wears a dhoti and all. (just kiddin’)

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