The media coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela and retirement of Sachin Tendulkar brought back the memory of an old essay written 'on charisma' by German sociologist Max Weber. I asked a German colleague how many charismatic personalities he knows in politics in his country. He responded somewhat indirectly, "There are some, but usually … Continue reading Do we really need ‘strong’ leaders?
Andrea: Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero. Galileo: No, Andrea: Unhappy is the land that needs a hero. -- Life of Galilio, Bertolt Brecht The French political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville, a great observer of man's affairs, while witnessing the birth of democracy in America, thought that the age of democracy will be … Continue reading Problem: Charisma in democracy
One of our national dailies reports that Madras High court has ordered a CBI inquiry into what is a quintessential internal affair of IIT Madras, namely the process of appointing faculty . The process of selecting students and appointing faculty are vital to any university health and must be a prerogative of the university. It … Continue reading Judicial activism
Following table is an outcome of notes taken for sole purpose of generalising Left and Right politics. Left politics is usually confused with ideology of some political parties. Such views of politics in popular media are confusing if not contradictory. The distinction made between Left and Right was of French origin where the Left is … Continue reading Comparing Left and Right Politics