Frontline On Air | A nation at crossroads: Reflections on what India faced in 2023

LISTEN: India is so busy ticking progress in terms of roads, buildings, space shuttles, and unicorns that it has failed to notice its profound regression in the incalculable indices of compassion and ethicality.

From Shakespearean demagogues to mob-sanctioned savagery, 2023 was a year that tested the soul of the nation.

Published : Feb 06, 2024 14:44 IST - 1 MIN READ

A demagogue’s power is in knowing how to change a gathering from a crowd to a mob. Then, to give the mob an enemy. We ask why a people would willingly give an autocrat untrammelled power over their lives. Because when the people become a mob, they do not want good government, all they want, to quote Greenblatt, is “permission to break the rules”, to destroy, to slake their thirst for blood.

In 2023, that permission was given.

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