Are we watching a new phase of politics? A kind of postpolitical politics? Politics is supposed to be founded on the ethics of the 'polis', on debate, dialogue, public interest, civility of conduct, and so on. But what do we have here?
It appears that the last thin veils of democracy on the ugly reality of this part of India's body politic have finally been torn to shreds and cast away. And what we are watching is the naked reality of money and muscle and other forms of 'legitimised' power.
Democracy does not inhere primarily in institutions and books of law. It inheres in practices. We have the institutions of democracy but the practices of an entrenched criminal aristocracy that shamelessly displays its vulgar greed.
Do we have any mechanisms to bring to justice those who commit crimes against democracy? Why, if not?