4 min read.Updated: 21 Sep 2017, 05:06 AM ISTLivemint
Weak institutions and state capacity of the kind India suffers from enables dynastic politics
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s fumbling justification of his party’s brand of dynastic politics at the University of California, Berkeley, US, last week continues to haunt him. It is now Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s turn to put the boot in after colleagues like Amit Shah had a go. Gandhi’s blithe dismissal of the phenomenon indeed rankles. But he was correct in pointing out that most mainstream parties in India are culpable. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is far from immune to it, no matter that its tallest leaders have come up the hard way. Across the northern and Dravidian parties, it has become the norm more than the exception. This transformation of dynastic politics into a generalized phenomenon comes with serious negative consequences.
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