Democratic freedoms breed authoritarianism. Consolidation of power, achieved through democratic means, is a tempting phenomenon when regimes are slowly being wrapped up in totalitarianism.
Nationalism is aroused, and the fear factor is introduced by scapegoating foreign enemies and targeting the minorities. To streamline the influence of fear several practices and arrangements are mobilized. Judiciary, the intelligence agencies, the income tax department, the police forces, state-sponsored ‘terrorism,’ and the disciplined media are the channels to move democracy toward fascism.
It is a camouflaged and uneven process which the majority and middle class naively get adapted to acceptable disturbance mainly for security reasons.
However, the fear factor permeates into the culture of silence and apathy. And this is where the authoritarianism survives till the next elections if these are not corrupted.
-By Promod Puri