09 JAN,2022 | MEDC
A key socioeconomic challenge India faces today is a slow but steady institutional deterioration. Rescuing society from failure often requires tactical engagement with traditional institutions, rather than their ostracism. An experiment worth conducting for the state is to start using traditional institutions to govern those who owe allegiance to the latter, rather than pretending that they lack legitimacy. India has many influential traditional institutions, and by making them more accountable and self-regulating, their social capital can be harnessed towards public service. For example, it will be easier for the government to tackle juvenile delinquency if the communities the deviants hail from know that they risk losing their powers if they don’t control their adolescents. In today’s world of (often) mindless modernism, this alternate approach is seriously worth trying out.
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