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Is Revenge Politics the new formula for survival in Indian Politics?


From social media to the streets, we see the calls for revenge feeding the political agenda. As a result, we see democratic tolerance and the space for acceptance of diverse ideas deteriorating in our country. 

Whether you consider the battle between Jayalalitha & Karunanidhi where there were acts of political vendetta, violence and arrests that shocked the nation or those who voiced concerns against Modi in Gujarat after the Godhra riots incident or if we go way back to Indira Gandhi’s assassination, vendetta politics have always been part of the Indian political space. 

However, ever since 2014, a slow dissemination of hate into the psyche of people through various media has created an atmosphere of distrust, anger and hate — negative emotions that are now dominating the political sphere. This has also given rise to revenge politics i