Mukti

My politics

Posted in politics by jrahman on October 17, 2012

What’s your politics?  Whose side are you on?

I get these questions a lot.  I also get — though seldom directly — what’s my real agenda, or whose dalal I am.  India and Jamaat-e-Islami come up, about as often as each other.  Perhaps I should rename the blog more-in-the-middle-of-really-nowhere!

Of course, the ‘about’ page describes my politics.  And I’d like to think the posts speak for themselves.  But since that’s not satisfying many, I thought I’d do a specific post.

I guess Zafar Sobhan would pin me to BNP — I am much more of a ‘modernist’ than a ‘nativist’ or an ‘Islamic revivalist’, and unquestionably ‘believe that entrepreneurism and private sector-led growth is the best way to provide opportunity to all, not low-income housing and subsidies for farmers’.  The thing is, in none of the elections I’d have been old enough to vote would I have unambiguously chosen BNP.  In 2008, I would have voted for the Awami League because I believed an unambiguous AL victory was the only way to move beyond the 1/11 imposed impasse.  In both the previous elections, I believed the incumbents deserved a re-election (now that’s truly in the middle of nowhere!), but the opposition also had a stronger case.  This means that if I could vote in those elections, my choice would have been determined by the local candidates and factors, not national party politics.

Okay, so much for Bangla politics.  How about something a bit more general, like:

My Political Views
I am a centrist moderate social libertarian
Right: 0.73, Libertarian: 3.28

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -5.31

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Culture War Stance
Score: -4.86

Political Spectrum Quiz

So, if I were an American, turns out that I’d be solidly in the Democratic party.  Of course, that means in any other western country, I could be pretty much in anywhere between conservatives, liberals or social democrat/labour parties. 

Perhaps the blog could be renamed in-the-middle-of-everywhere?

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  1. jbeck (@geffbeck) said, on October 20, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Dear Jyoti,

    Do you have an email ID somewhere on this blog? Can’t seem to find it.

  2. Fariha said, on October 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    ” This means that if I could vote in those elections, my choice would have been determined by the local candidates and factors, not national party politics.”

    That is exactly what I told you was a catch 22 for me because this is what I had wanted to do, but my options were Ershad, Hannan Shah and Col Ibrahim! And you said I should compare the relative merits of the parties!

    • jrahman said, on October 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Because in 2008 I was comparing the relative merits of the parties. 🙂


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