This is a very interesting chart showing the dimensions of politics in India.  (HT: The Acorn: On the Indian National Interest).


Nitimandala - The Indian Political SpectrumWhat do you both think of the horizontal axis?  Is that the most relevant other dimension in Indian politics next to liberty?

I like having this extra dimension. Frankly, it does help me understand something about the reality of Indian political spectrum.  On the other hand, and please correct me if you think I’m wrong, the Nolan Chart of economic and social freedom is more logically sound if we are thinking about how people think of the role of government.  The nationalism and regionalism dimension on the Indian Political Spectrum chart are interesting to categorize people in the why they are liberal or authoritarian in certain issues, but not whether they are liberal or authoritarian. Frankly, I would like to see the three dimensional image (cube) that has the Nolan chart on one face and the internationalist vs. regionalism dimension on a third axis.  Now we have computers, it’s just a matter of programming.  What do you think?

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