There are no public intellectuals in
today since as soon as someone shows merit, he is co-opted by one political
party or the other. Journalists graduating as MPs and Ministers has become
common and most news-channels dish out party point of view. A few who look like
independents operate clandestinely on behalf of some foreign lobby. The so
called Civil Society sector is crowded by entities with uncivil intentions. On
the whole, there is confusion all around.
The Democracy Industry in our country is in a formative stage. All are part of it, but no one understands its dynamics. Certain myths like justice, liberty and equality are given lip-service, but all know it's hypocrisy. Political parties find no compulsion to improve their functioning as long as they are part of the power game.
Words have lost their force. The magnitude of allegations traded day in and day out has gone up exponentially. White collar crime and white lies have become staple of the white elephant called bureaucracy. The robotic functioning of a dummy Prime Minister has robbed the Constitution of its lofty morals. [TNM55]