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  • In our attempt to posit some limited hypotheses to partially explain evaporation of communitarian ethics from the public life in contemporary India, we take two major community organizations, viz; the State and the markets which display a large scale and regular perversion of the rules of the game, involving politicians and political parties, businessmen and the markets and the civil servants (in broader sense which includes administrative, military, technical professionals–like teachers, ‘scientists, engineers, medical personnel, etc.,—and public and private sector managerial personnel).
  • As a result of systematic, regular, non-episodic and large-scale violation of the moral code, the line of demarcation between legal and illegal has become obscure.
  • This is what invites criminalization of public life in politics, business and administration and, woefully, in a well-integrated manner in all the three spheres. The civil society has become cynical, defeatist And its constituents have become withdrawn in their narrow shells.
  • However, one, does encounter, in the civil society some bright patches of conscientious, purposive, solidaristic thinking and action with inevitable but weak and sporadic linkages with all the vitiated sectors of the national public life.                            Evaporation of communitarian Ethics from Public life in India
  • It is also probable that the depth and extent of the rot has started telling adversely on the survival, sustainability and legitimacy of all the afflicted components so viciously that the game is nailing out to be a negative sum one for most of the players; if not all.
  • We will follow lip our discussion with a brief analytical overview of the Government of India’s committee on nexus between politics and crime (perplexingly termed, even formally “Vohra Committee” after its chairperson), which is an ex cathedra substantiation of the moral rot and its extent.
  • Despite its total neglect of the commercialization of politics, politicization of the business and the extra legal and character of the bulk of the market operations (it is absurd to say that ‘X’ per cent of the business is dirty, unclean and illegal and ‘I-X per cent is legal, because in actual operation, the two are indistinguishable and acquire their legal or illegal character not in the course of actual operation but at the level of their formal declarations), this report is an authoritative confirmation of the facts as clear as day light.
  • Then, we present a broad-brush sketch of the operational mechanism of Indian politics and economy respectively, underlining the process of evaporation of communitarian moral values.
  • We will deliberately avoid giving specific evidence here. Partly, this is too difficult and voluminous a task, and partly our belief that the Vohra Committee and a large number of other official and non-official studies, and widespread popular concern and evidence from contemporary literary sources and the media provide enough evidence to be able to sustain our attempt to reconstruct the operational modes of the public life of India (in politics and economy) towards the close of the 20th century.
  • In fact, it can also be posited that similar moral decay can well be regarded a ‘global phenomenon’— a ploy and cliché often deployed apologetically.

We conclude by an attempt to specify the broad character and some implications of our exercise in order to underline the social, economic, political and cultural contexts which have a close bearing on the societal/communitarian values.

Such a large context, may have logical strength, but makes the task of social intervention for moral regeneration a stupendously arduous one.              Evaporation of communitarian Ethics from Public life in India




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