Quotes

Selected quotes from Deepak Tripathi:

Culture of Violence 

Reliance on coercive power as the primary method of convincing others corrodes the moral fiber of society, creating a world shorn of human sensitivity, justice and a stable order.

Murderous optimism of powerful and suicidal pessimism of victims in an oppressive environment blight the lives of many.

Intense propaganda battle and murderous war often accompany each other.

Europe 

The eurozone is not a community of equals, but an empire, with Germany at the center and the rest on the periphery.

History 

The present will define the future.

Hubris

The sense of being the global master promotes a state of mind which becomes addicted to self-worshipping and misinterpreting others. Assertions of exceptionalism humiliate and radicalise, and often do not recognise the extent of resistance they produce.

Excessive ideological commitment, immoderate sincerity and determination to fight to the finish are fueling Syria’s crisis.

Hunger for war and lust for power or for distant resources always impair both reason and morality.

Persuading those who are ideologically drunk and politically myopic is often a hopeless undertaking.

Those who play Russian roulette must be ready for unexpected consequences.

Humiliation 

The manner in which the modern Middle East was carved out by the victorious Allies after 1918 made sure that the new states were small, weak and unstable. They could only be held together by authoritarian rulers, beholden to external powers. New imperialism was born.

The shame of defeat radicalizes nations and societies, and often makes future conflict inevitable.

The fewer means the humiliated has, the more precious his honor and the stronger and more determined his retaliatory instinct.

Imperial Behavior 

When imperial powers conquer they force other peoples’ lands together for economies of scale. When they retreat they divide to keep those left behind small and weak.

Those who seek greatness bring about their own downfall.

The State and Citizens 

The age-old social contract between the state and citizens is in crisis in the twenty-first century.

The glorious lives with the ignominious in modern India, and the country faces a moral crisis which seems to get more and more acute as time goes by.

Vigilante groups may lack unity, so they seek an external target to maintain a semblance of unity.

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