Destroy your institutions at your own peril

In a democracy, institutions are all that stand in the way of tyranny and caprice. The Caesarism of smaller parties gets more attention because it is on the surface. The Congress’s Caesarism escapes scrutiny because it is cloaked by its pedigree. But politicians should not be surprised at growing insolence towards them. By behaving as casual frat boys, contemptuous of the very institutions that give them authority, they are inviting the ill will they so bemoan

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, writing in The Indian Express – on the contempt for institutions that the political class displays. No surprise then, that the ‘aam aadmi’ too often displays casual contempt for institutions and institutional norms in the public sphere


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