01 Jun Elected autocrats, their pandemic responses (The Hindu, GS-2, Governance, International relation))
Context:- Response of India, USA and Brazil to the pandemic shows the elected representatives’ autocracy. There is a similarity in the representatives of three countries. Author tries to show these similarities.
- the U.S.which has one of the highest per capita death in pandemic in the world.
- Donald Trump took the pandemic as a personal affront and didn’t even give heed to scientific community
- Brazil has taken denialism to new levels when her president said it is just an influenza, nothing else.
- Bolsanaro who became famous as tropical trump due to his ego maniac policies
- In india 1st wave was somehow bear by indians but the mismanagement of 2nd wave on the pretext of election and religious gathering led to outburst of pandemic by mutation.
- they came to power as classic rightwing populists who branded themselves as incarnations of the people
- All three have surrounded themselves with yes men and ruled from the gut, peddling triumphalism
- autocrats feed on polarisation and hyper nationalism. All three have championed a virtuous nationalism
- once in power, the autocrats quickly personalised, centralised and insulated their power
- the authority of expert institutions, tampered with data, assaulted the independence of the me
- elevated loyalty to the leader as the highest principle of service.
Conclusion:- democracies are not just about their leaders. Throughout the crisis, healthcare workers and civil society organisations have stepped up where their leaders have failed, and democratic institutions have pushed back.
Plutus IAS Current Affair Team Member