Transition in Indian Politics
32.2 Crime and Politics
32.3 What is Repression?
32.4 Tenor: A Contested Category
Let Us Sum Up
32.6 Some Usekl Books
32.7 Answers to Check Your Progress Exercises
Crime, repression and terror have become commonly used adjectives to
describe Indian politics. Each of these
however, has specific meanings
the fiameyork of democratic theory. They
in democracy, and manifestations of a rupture in the democratic processes.
AAer going through this unit, you will be able to understand:
How crime, repression and terror form significant contexts of Indian
The manner in which they determine the content of Indian politics.
Meanings of Politics
Before one can begin talking about crime, repression and terror ifi Indian
politics, it perhaps makes sense to talk first about the meaning of 'politics'.
It is only after having understood the meaning'of politics, that we can
understand how crime, repression and terror, 'corrupt' or 'pervert' politics,
and change its meaning altogether. Generally speaking, the expression politics
refers to a distinctive space as well the activities
characterise the space. ~hus
in our common usage of the term we tend
'political' hm other spheres of human activity which form
the private concerns of individuals and groups, viz., social, cultural, economic,
etc. Politics has generally been understood in three broad ways:
a) Politics is
governmental activities. This understanding
of politics can perhaps be illustrated with the help of the notion of politics
as it existed in classical Greece. Politics in Greek usage pertained to
participation in decision-making and the, exercise of authority. In the
nineteen sixties, David Easton conceptualised politics as the 'authoritative
allocation of values'. For others like Bernard Crick, politics refers not
so much to authoritative decision-making, but the processes by which
decisions could be reached amiably.