December 18, 2018

Of big Government and poll verdicts

In this The New Indian Express article, Visiting Senior Fellow, Shankkar Aiyar, writes on the erroneous belief that big government is the cure for ills afflicting the political economy. Excerpts:

 

"Popular consensus has it that the defeat of the BJP in three states in the Hindi heartland was caused by agricultural distress and joblessness—aggravated by anti-incumbency, demonetisation and the impact of flaws in GST. The supposition finds resonance in the general discourse in the political economy. The cause, though, is really the consequence of a larger malaise, and that is the big government approach to governance.

 

Political parties have erroneously come to believe, a la Mao or Mahalanobis, that big government is the cure for ills afflicting the political economy.  Ironically, the best articulation of the antidote to big government was in the 2014 manifesto of the BJP, which promised Minimum Government, Maximum Governance."

 

Read the whole article here.

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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