Opinion | Liberalism as the biggest casualty of triumphalism4 min read 30 May 2019, 10:44 PM IST
A regime isn’t needed to ban books and films once liberalism is discredited. Illiberal culture is enough
First up, disclosures. I am one of those liberals who Sandipan Deb called out in his column: Why Indian ‘liberals’ fully deserved to lose this battle, in Mint, on 24 May. At a time when our own beliefs and certainties are shaken, his schadenfreude is well aimed and finds many shares and takers among liberal-bashers. And, he is partially right. One does occasionally feel there’s a dissonance between what people have come to identify with and what is real and existent. Our aspiration for a better world should not blind us to what this world is, what it wants, and what it seeks. In this moment of introspection, Deb has chosen the right moment to make a point about how liberals deserved to lose. He appears to have pronounced the death of not just the liberals, but, sadly, also of liberalism.