“The British constitution is a state of mind,” says Peter Hennessy, a historian who calls this the “good chap” theory of government. “It requires a sense of restraint all round to make it work.”
— The Economist, in ‘Britain’s good-chap model of government is coming apart’
In constitutional terms, Turkey is a secular country. But whereas in most places this implies the separation of religion and state, in Turkey it means state control over religion.
The Economist: Turkey’s religious authority surrenders to political Islam
Their belief is that cow protection is central to Hinduism, and Hinduism is the core of Indian nationhood, even though the constitution says that India as a nation belongs to all religious groups. Cow protection and nationalism have got intertwined.
FT: Narendra Modi’s illiberal drift threatens Indian democracy
Please tell me that I’m not the only one who’s been seeing this connection between nationalism, religion, conservatism, and (crony) capitalism in India, Turkey and elsewhere?
Leading the curve: Russia.
Ahead of the curve: Turkey.
In the pack: India, Poland, Hungry, US, UK, Thailand, and more…