Three Components of Modern Political Order

Francis Fukuyama’s new book “The Origins of Political Order” makes the point that the three components are:

  • Strong and capable state
  • The state’s sub-ordination to a rule of law
  • A government that is accountable to its citizens

My take is that in India, what we are now seeing is a subversion of all three. Some examples:

  • The state has been weakened, and we now find it paralysed when it comes to decision-making
  • Those in power seem to be above the law – look at the chargesheets filed in various cases and see who all have been left out
  • With off-constitutional mechanisms like NAC and Planning Commission’s huge budget, accountability is to no one

Is this a right/fair assessment?