4 Jan, 2017
The idea of democracy is in a state of flux. An ordinary citizen doesn’t know how to read the events that unfold around him. He knows that democracy is a relationship between knowledge and power. But what does he do when the power of truth confronts the truth of power? He often confuses the two, creates labels, neologisms and acronyms: but the labels often turn out to be reductionist. Often he takes two contradictory words and hyphenates them, and thinks the two contradictory worlds can co-exist. Or he puts a prefix to indicate a seminal shift in mindsets. One such commonly used word is ‘post’. It signals that something is over. Thus, we have post-modern, post-industrial, post-Germanic, each signalling a world that is dead. But what is the world that is born?