Thursday, August 10, 2017

Makings of a banana republic

A banana republic is defined as
  1. "a small state that is politically unstable as a result of the domination of its economy by a single export controlled by foreign capital."

In contemporary parlance, any state where the rule of law does not prevail is named a banana republic.

If a state is not to become a banana republic, various institutions need to perform their role responsibly. In particular, the judiciary, the police, the election authority and the so-called nominal heads like the President and the Governor have to be true to their calling.

In this regard, India is in a perilous state for a long time. Judicial delays and motivated judgments are legion. The police dances to the dictates of political masters. The election commission seems to be on surer footing. President, Vice-President and Governors are at the beck and call of the party in power. Some of them become conscious of their duties only after demitting office.

1 comment:

akji said...

Just see the latest judgement for Karti in Madras High Court & how it was stayed by SC. His father's election of 2004 is still to be decided