Archiving damage (Book review)

Gowda, Chandan (2017) Archiving damage (Book review). Frontline.

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IN a classic essay, the sociologist Charles Tilly argued that the modern state, for most of its existence, was an institution of organised crime and worked like a protection racket. Viewing it as an institution rooted in a social contract was mostly regulative fiction, he observed. Five Years of Saffron Rule in Karnataka, which chronicles the numerous misdeeds of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka between 2008 and 2013, is a graphic confirmation of Tilly’s thesis. The no-holds-barred corruption indulged in by this government was of unparalleled scale and scope and open to see. The depths of its corrosive effects on the institutions of democratic governance are yet to be fully ascertained. Further, the BJP’s relentless effort to secure an institutional base for its Hindutva ideology continues to vitiate the cultural life in the State.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Gowda, Chandan
Uncontrolled Keywords: Book review, BJP rule Karnataka, Ambrose Pinto
Subjects: Social sciences > Political Science > The political process
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Full Text Status: Public
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