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Deepak Lal: On populism

It is doubtful if India will become a populist autocracy. But it depends on judiciary not caving in as it did during Emergency

Deepak Lal 

Deepak Lal With the failure of the regular media and pollsters to predict the outcomes of the Brexit referendum and the US presidential election, the word populism is being widely used to describe what is seen as the upending of the usual political expectations. But what is populism? In 1967 the London School of Economic held a conference “To define populism”. The participants included some of the leading political scientists and philosophers, including Isaiah Berlin, Richard Hofstadter, Kenneth Minogue, Ernest Gellner, et al. (The discussion was summarised in “To define ...

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