4 min read.Updated: 03 Jul 2018, 03:07 PM ISTAakar Patel
Why is there such a dearth of quality thinkers among the right?
My friend Sagarika Ghose has written an interesting piece in The Times Of India wondering why “India’s right wing has failed to create intellectuals of global stature". She offers her speculations: “One of them could be that the bharatiya inheritance has not really produced writers and thinkers on political philosophy and liberal governance. The Indian tradition may have had a preponderance of thinkers on spirituality, divinity and other-worldly concerns, but where for example is the bharatiya John Locke or Thomas Paine? Where’s the bharatiya Magna Carta? The exception is the Arthashastra, but that’s over 2,000 years old. The Bhagavad Gita does not contain tenets of liberal governance but is predominantly concerned with good and bad conduct. The Manusmriti cannot really be a blueprint for a liberal progressive society." Quite true.