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Ideas Definitely Matter!

When Ideas Matter: Democracy and Corruption in India by Bilal A Baloch, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2021; pp xxiii + 335, `995 (hardcover).

The bookWhen Ideas Matter: Democracy and Corruption in Indiamakes a powerful argument that when rulers/ruling elites face a credibility crisis in a democracy, their ideas/ ideology become the determining factor that guides their response to it.

With his in-depth studies of two of Indias anti-corruption movements and the responses of the respective rulers (governments) to them, Bilal A Baloch rightly advises that one must take ideas of political elites seriously. These two well-known episodes of post-independence Indias history are now widely referred to as the Jayaprakash movement (JPM) and India Against Corruption (IAC), informally, the Anna movement. The rulers they were pitted against were Indira Gandhi-led Congress and Sonia GandhiManmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). At the very outset, the author raises this pertinent question as to why Indira Gandhi responded by suppressing the JPM, while the UPA government looked incoherent in its dealing with the IAC movement. Obviously, in his answer, the difference lies in the ideas/ideology of the respective ruling dispensations.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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