Opinion | Endless protests without a clear goal threaten India’s democracy
Unless protesters have a viable political alternative to offer the country, these could lead to chaos and tyranny of the mob
As anti-government protests become a drumbeat of daily life in India, one question has been nagging me: What is the role of an ongoing popular protest movement in the context of a well-functioning representative democracy such as India? Protests representing “people power" and aimed against ruling elites proliferate in non-democratic, authoritarian regimes and, indeed, even on some occasions succeed in toppling such regimes—witness Bolivia, most recently, in which popular protests against an election widely seen as rigged toppled the long-serving and entrenched president, Evo Morales. Examples abound in the history of authoritarian regimes in Latin America, Africa and Asia.