Laws of Indian politics

by rexplorations

  1. Zeroth law: If two issues emanating from any sphere of life are as contentious at any given point of time as a third issue, the issues are all considered in political equilibrium with each other.
  2. First law of Indian politics: Political attention span can neither be created, nor destroyed, only transferred from one political issue to another.
    1. First corollary to the first law: When total political attention span available increased for any specific issue, it is almost always because of external interference.
    2. Second corollary to the first law: It is impossible to create political attention span in a politically closed system OR only the government creates political attention span where there is none, and the opposition can at best respond.
  3. Second law of Indian politics: When two disparate issues are competing for attention in news channels and are allowed to be combined in a talk show, the attention span assigned to each will eventually become equal.
    1. Corollary to the second law: When there is an issue which is more contentious than either issue, that issue will corner all the media’s attention span.
      1. Corollary to the first corollary to the second law: As any discussion grows, you can bring in the most divisive issues like Narendra Modi, the 2002 Gujarat riots, the 1984 Sikh Riots, Ram Janmabhoomi if you wait long enough
  4. Third law: The political attention span for any given issue regardless of contentiousness always approaches zero over time.
    1. Corollary to the third law: Over time, only one most contentious issue will actually continue get political attention.
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