Post-democratic state

Print edition : January 31, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arriving at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi on October 24, 2019, after the party’s victory in the Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections. Photo: PTI

RSS members participate in a rally in support of the new citizenship law on the outskirts of Hyderabad on December 25, 2019. Photo: AFP

September 6, 2009: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel attend a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh gathering at Tria Mandir in Adalaj, some 20 km from Ahmedabad. Photo: AFP

Prime Minister Modi visits the Atal Ghat to review the cleanliness of Sisamau Nala, in Kanpur, on December 14, 2019, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi. Photo: PTI

DECEMBER 5, 2009: Chief Minister Modi along with Chairman and CEO of the Adani Group, Gautam Adani, during a visit to a power plant at Mundra (SEZ) in Gujarat. Photo: PTI

A trade union rally against the Centre’s “anti-workers policies” on the second day of the nationwide strike in Bengaluru on January 9, 2019. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

A historically novel kind of state seems to be arising in many corners of the world, which combines elements derived selectively from the two classic forms of the capitalist state, the liberal and the fascist. India under Narendra Modi too may be moving in that direction.
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