I believe that the Centre has placed content higher up than priority. If we look at the issues building up around us, then we will realise the fact of the matter. In a democracy, it is essential to carry and conduct every opinion and idea along. Instead of disagreements, efforts should be made to reach a common ground. Accountability and transparency are the keys to ensure the conduct of any democracy. Who are we to disenchant and disallow dissent, simply, because it lacks the value of being classified as content?
Look at the arrests and detentions of activists, academicians and intelligentsia in the country on charges of defying the moral sentiments of those exercising and executing actions and orders. I guess you ought to fall in line and not to be targeted, trolled and chased as an anti-national. Well, we may have our preferences to pick up on as for our dutiful democratic decorum.
I don’t understand why states across the country are alarmingly becoming patriotic in the times of pandemic—refusing to buy their guilt at the front of Covid-19instead of indulging in rhetorics. Investments and innovations on possible vaccines are being initiated. Vaccine trials have started in a phased manner but without proper clinical tests.
Putin and Trump are the primary motivators when it comes to the rush of vaccine trials—stepping aside from the advice from the experts and practitioners of medicine and health. Managing public opinion has become necessary as the concept of morality and ethics has been inherently interlinked with this thought. Constitutional roles and responsibilities—either have been abdicated or made redundant. How you organise ideas—by mobilising minds—has become important.
Thus, we are witnessing a popularisation of populism and polemics calling for utmost obedience and loyalty. Misplacing priorities and creating content is the foremost fundamental of this new realist picture. This era belongs to the strongman who gets what, when, where and how.