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Political Science “made easy”

We in India have a magic pill for the pains that one has to suffer while undergoing process of education. This "magic pill" is usually called a “guide” or a “made easy” and whole lot of other names though out India. Name might be different, but we know what it is. We know where to find it and when to buy it, at what cost to buy it and at what rate to sell it.

Like a laxative it works, only it helps in passing exams but sometimes it works like an anacathartic pill too, helping to vomit out crammed up undigested-hence poisonous-stuff. The concoctions that go into these pills are made by unknown quakes and at sometime by hacks who like to make a name and a lot of money for themselves.

Sham Lal in his essay titled Slums of the Mind, written way back in 1988 and first published in The Times of India, revealed the secret ingredients that go into making of a “made easies”. Sham Lal shred to tears a “made easy” prescribed for modern political theory course covering both BA (Pass) and BA (Hons.) to students in Delhi.

Here are some of the gems from the “emulgated mind” of the writer of the “made easy”, a certain Mr. Yog Raj. The essay was written way back in 1988, things are no today. These Mr.Yog Rajs are still in business and the generation that grew up on “made easies” is running the wheels of the nation.

Sham Lal tells us that the preface of the book reads, “the distinguishing feature of this book is the clarity of thought and expression”.

Sham Lal read some random pages and here is what he found to his distress.

Hobbes: The parties to the contract are natural men. The parties are not groups or (sic) any sort and into (sic) any superior or sovereign authority (sic). The superior or the sovereign is the result (sic) of the pact and existed to that (sic).

Locke: His sovereign is party to a contract. He has given supreme power to the community and says that the public will of the society to which the member owe allegiance (sic).

Rousseau: He says that the state of nature was disturbed because property entered in the society like a serpent, bite the whole society (sic).

Adam Smith: The sovereign is completely discharged from superintending the industry of the private people (sic).

Karl Marx: He considers democracy necessary for establishment of dictatorship of the proletariats (sic).

John Stuart Mill: He has considered representative government as a super-government (sic). In order to remove the defects of majority rule he introduced proportional representation system…In this way he pleaded for not only external pleasure (sic) rather than internal sanctions and conscience (sic)

Jeremy Bentham: Legislators have right to ignore the happiness of the people (sic)…Individual himself is capable of exercising moral judgment.

The author also has some other gems up his sleeves.

Democracy: It will never die. It is a continuous (sic) system which has its roots in the native of community (sic).”

Liberalism: It is not conservative theory. It is not synonym of individuality. It is not only democracy. It emulgates (sic) many ideas.

Quite a read for the "emulgated minds".

The students, who must have written these explanations in their examination paper, must have passed, without a doubt. The magic pill always works. That's why it is a bloody magic pill!


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