This may not be true in all situations (not generalised), however in most cases: Yes.
I have been observing and discussing about the apparent misconceptions around the terms “Progress”, “Development” and “Prosperity”. Apart from the dictionary meaning, in the context of socio-political sphere these words are grossly misused and are used as a tool for fooling (rather providing a comforting feeling) to general masses.
This is good in health of any ruling class to make the people victims of their own complain. Let’s consider the situation of public institutions. What i call in current India as “Institutional Failure” is a result of development propaganda. Public institutions which are in control of government’s policies and procedures are gradually deteriorated and at times politicians make “people” feel guilty as they are the problem themselves. Keeping the corruption, bureaucracy and all behind-the-scene “understandings” in place. It is all due to population growth and opposition propaganda. Keep moving.
One live example of such a nature is swachch-bharat-abhiyan. Cleanliness drive is good. In general this applies to individual, family, community and state layer. However the political leadership should not blanket the “Institutional Failures” of “Municipal Corporations” and make this issue an inspirational drive at people layer. If political leadership is really concerned in making cleanliness as a genetic default of our neighbourhood they should operate at the layer where they are supposed to. Elected representatives are responsible for maintaining and keeping government institutions self oiled and corruption free. Keep the individual inspirational work to the social leaders of communities. Solve the problem at the layer you are responsible for.
Another example of such nature in recent times is the beef ban issue. If government is really serious about saving Cows, they should first stop the beef export. However as this will hamper the political nexus between corporates and social elites, they will rather “export beef” and will keep a vicious atmosphere of social unrest in stopping in-house beef consumption. This is a dual blade sword. Communalism serves the electoral agenda and who cares what is happening at higher layers? This is a proud feeling for most of the Pro-Hindu population to see a PM who is silent over minority issues, has a record of anti-minority sentiment and emerges as a Hindu leader to establish a hindu state. At last.
The Indian politics is undergoing a majoritarian treatment and is unhealthy in many ways. However we can not ignore the development factor. The development perceived to general masses is not the result of a bold political leadership for people, rather is a greedy nexus between corporates and politicians. People who are mesmerised and hypnotised with the fantasies of their sentimental win will thrive so as long they are not struck with social injustice and resulting crimes. The greedy nexus between corporates and politicians exists at the cost of “Institutional Failures” in public space. This is blinded to masses with the glitters and glamours of political stunts which feed their sentiments.
There is always a sugar coated or twisted-truth hypocrisy which is advocated as diplomacy. Failure of such true lies in home is communal riots and in foreign affairs is terrorism incidents. Hope we understand and learn the basics.