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Agamben on 'Politics'

In the context of the ongoing assembly elections in different states of India, politics and democracy take a specific meaning: exercising one’s voting right as a citizen in favour of a candidate belonging to a particular political party. In fact, most of the people are compelled to show their loyalty to a “big” political party for their survival in everyday life. This dilutes and trivialises the meaning of politics.

In the context of the ongoing assembly elections in different states of India, politics and democracy take a specific meaning: exercising one’s voting right as a citizen in favour of a candidate belonging to a particular political party. In fact, most of the people are compelled to show their loyalty to a “big” political party for their survival in everyday life. This dilutes and trivialises the meaning of politics.

In his seminal book, Homo Sacer, Giorgio Agamben argues that “politics” is experiencing a “lasting eclipse” in which both theory and praxis are “imprisoned and immobile.” He gestures, in the same work, towards a “completely new politics.”

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