A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen

A Question of Order India Turkey and the Return of Strongmen Neoliberals thought capitalism would bring about democracy civil liberties and human rights everywhere But that is fast becoming an illusion particularly in the East where traditionalist and natio

  • Title: A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen
  • Author: Basharat Peer
  • ISBN: 9780997126426
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • Neoliberals thought capitalism would bring about democracy, civil liberties, and human rights everywhere But that is fast becoming an illusion, particularly in the East, where traditionalist and nationalist leaders are attracting religious, rural, or newly urban constituencies and ushering in an era of illiberal democracies Peer, who was born in Kashmir and wrote with paNeoliberals thought capitalism would bring about democracy, civil liberties, and human rights everywhere But that is fast becoming an illusion, particularly in the East, where traditionalist and nationalist leaders are attracting religious, rural, or newly urban constituencies and ushering in an era of illiberal democracies Peer, who was born in Kashmir and wrote with passion and intelligence about his native land in his acclaimed first book, Curfewed Night, reports from two of the world s largest democracies Narendra Modi s India and Recep Tyyip Erdogan s Turkey and examines how two charismatic strongmen came to power and moved their country in the direction of authoritarianism.

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    1. When I first picked up this title I imagined it would pull back from the detail and micro-angle on nationalist movements cropping up around the world and draw some larger conclusions. It doesn't get that far, but it does raise the questions. Peer gives a detailed timeline of events that led to the embrace of the authoritarian leaders in India (Narenda Modi) and Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdogan). Author Bashir Peer points out that those two countries are not alone, and names Russia (Vladimir Putin), [...]

    2. “If you want to feel ten feet tall and as though you could run a hundred miles without stopping, hate beats pure cocaine any day. Hitler resurrected a beaten, bankrupt, half-starved nation with hatred and nothing more.” - Kurt VonnegutIn this work, the author offers a very unbiased account on the emergent new-age leaders of big time democracies. The kind of new-age Politicians who have been dominating the world lately. POTUS Trump. GBR Prime Minister Theresa May. Emerging Right wing party le [...]

    3. When I picked this book, I was not sure what to expect. i l knew it would be political but did not know to what extent.It details how the democratically elected leaders of India and Turkey were elected/ rose into power; and how certain elements are used to divide voters (i.e. religion, caste system, social standing etc).The stories told are quite sad in some cases. in other cases, they stir up some anger in me. How are people manipulated in such a way to cause untold harm and destruction all in [...]

    4. "The forces Modi and Erdogan represent see themselves as frustrated but ascendant, as supplanting an outdated order; they are unlikely to disappear even when the present demagogues exit the stage. How much sense does it make to lump these types together? How can we hope to address either, if we insist on viewing them as the same, when one's solution is the other's problem?"–Marc Edward Hoffman on Basharat Peer's A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen in the Feb/Mar 201 [...]

    5. an interesting look at the return of strongmen in India & Turkey, it wasn't exactly what I expected - I think going into this I expected more on the leaders themselves & their policies - but instead this actually gives a great overview of the current situation and background and how these contribute to the rise of these democratically elected strongmen, which I actually enjoyed reading far more than I though I would. thanks again to NetGalley & Columbia Global Report for providing an [...]

    6. A really fascinating account of the recent history of these two countries and how their politics have lately turned to authoritarianism and aggressive nationalism. This is self-evidently relevant to those of us under Trump or May as well; I've been making comparisons between Modi and Trump ever since the latter became a political candidate, and Peer clearly agrees with me. The book is divided into two sections, the first on India and its current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who was elected in [...]

    7. The author presents two case studies showing how democratic institutions can be perverted by charismatic politicians who take advantage of nationalism, and sectarian, religious, ethnic and economic divides to convert democracies into authoritarian regimes. These lessons from ongoing events in India and Turkey, which were once vibrant multi-ethnic democracies and are now headed down the path to becoming authoritarian dictatorships may be useful for those in the United States who believe that "it [...]

    8. Timely look at the (frightening) current trend toward consolidation of authoritarian-type power happening most noticeably now in Turkey with Erdogan and India with Modi (and to a certain extent the election of Trump here in America). Interesting counterpoint to the economic gains India is experiencing under Modi--the individual stories recounted here make clear that those gains come at a cost to democracy and free speech/open society. Not exactly a page-turner, but a short, worthwhile read queue [...]

    9. If you're looking for confirmation that the election of Donald Trump is a symptom of a larger global trend, look no further. While the book isn't lengthy, it does dive fairly deep into the history of these nations as it pertains to the rise of these authoritarian regimes. I found it enlightening, and it whetted my appetite for more work like it.

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