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The three strands of any Rightwing ideology in the West are:
open society, free economy, and limited government. Not that Rightwing ideology
is a well-defined system, with established dogmas and universal doctrines;
there are numerous variations in the Rightwing or conservative theme; besides,
conservative beliefs have grown over the centuries. Yet, in almost every
variety of conservatism, the three strands of open society, free economy, and
limited government are always present. And individual liberty is always a
cornerstone of conservatism, though liberty is located in the concrete reality
of society rather than in some abstraction.
It may be argued that conservatism is a quintessentially
Western phenomenon, that it is the child of Anglo-Scottish Enlightenment, that
it is relevant only in the Anglo-Saxon world or, at the most, in the Western
civilization. While it is true that conservatism first took a concrete shape in
the works of philosophers like Adam Smith, David Hume, and Edmund Burke—and has
grown as a leading political philosophy primarily in the Anglo-Saxon world—our
contention is that Rightwing ideology is
possible in India. Of course, Indian conservatism has to be homegrown, arising
from and in tune with the conventions and traditions of the country. It is
possible because India is an ancient civilization; it can boast of a society
that is sufficiently vibrant and resilient, readily absorbing Western values
without losing its cultural moorings, as evident from the experience of the
last two centuries.
A Rightwing or conservative ideology is not only
possible but also necessary—necessary
to tap the boundless potential of the people, necessary to liberate them from
the clutches of a predatory and egregious political class, necessary for full
emancipation of the economy; for Indian society is much healthier than the
Indian state; and, one may add, the Indian people are much worthier than their
politicians. The answer is conservatism.
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