Historiography needs to go beyond Eurocentrism and saffronisation.
Suchet’s portrayal was more than the sum of the character’s distinctive props.
Producers of highbrow art never quite shake off a need for what’s further down.
necessary representativeness of FPTP. How the anti-defection law, by committing an MP to her party’s whip, limits the exercise of the power vested in her by voters to do the right thing. How the responsibility for a government to mop up legislative support on a bill, among its own party or coalition MPs individually as well as those from the opposition unfettered by the anti-defection law’s extreme punishment for dissenters, makes FPTP’s representativeness meaningful. That’s a conversation we need to have.
The writer is a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’