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Majoritarianism taking India down dark, uncertain path: Raghuram Rajan

Prime News, National (New Delhi), October 14:- Former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan in his latest criticism seen to be directed at the centre has warned of the ill effects of “divisive, populist majoritarianism”. The former RBI governor whose policy thinking differs from that of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – Rajan is a big critic of demonetisation – has said only “internal cohesion and economic growth” and not “majoritarianism” will help strengthen India’s national security.

“I don’t believe that the majoritarians actually improve national security, they weaken it, because they want national integration on their terms. In India, this means the universal imposition of Hindutva,” Mr Rajan said at the OP Jindal lecture at Watson Institute, Brown University, on October 9.

“Majoritarian nationalism is intrinsically divisive because it labels a bunch of citizens as ‘the others’ and by setting impossible terms for these minorities to be considered true citizens, it eventually ends up alienating them,” Mr Rajan said in his speech at the university in Rhode Island, US.

“In the long run, it seems to me that internal cohesion and economic growth rather than divisive, populist majoritarianism will be India’s root to national security. So all this sort of majoritarianism may certainly for a while winning elections, but it is taking India down a dark and uncertain path,” he said.

His comments come amid a slowdown in the economy that threatens to consume several key sectors from manufacturing to finance, and a controversy over an exercise to filter out illegal immigrants from Assam and other parts of the country that critics and even some proponents of such a policy say has serious flaws. The ruling BJP in Assam has promised to look at bringing a state law to fix gaps in the National Register of Citizens, which some BJP leaders say have excluded a number of Hindu migrants.(MR, Inputs: Agencies).

 

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