The mistake is to think that the current paralysis in decision making in
The other mistake is to believe that the Indian state has weakened in the past two decades as a result of coalition politics. Truth is that
The past twenty years of capitalist growth have made
A ‘strong state’ usually carries a bad odour, conjuring up authoritarian images of Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. A ‘liberal, strong state’ is, however, not oppressive. It is efficient, enabling and tough against law-breakers. It punishes the corrupt swiftly. But it also protects liberties and dissent and enjoys legitimacy among the governed. A strong civil society is needed to hold such a state accountable. More than ever, Indians today need to make a liberal case for such a strong state.