ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Tyranny of the 'Common Man'

The term common man has swiftly shifted from having one connotation to another. The common man has become the conservative brigade that makes up the nation's moral police, and seems to be taking up the sovereign's role and vice versa, and both are out to discipline and punish the uncommon other. Democratic politics has to recognise the problem of otherness and treat it without prejudice and a partisan law.

Creon: So the city now will instruct me how I am to govern?
Haemon: Now you’re talking like someone far too young. Don’t you see that?
Creon: Am I to rule this land at someone else’s whim or by myself?
Haemon: A city which belongs to just one man is no true city.
                                                                               ~Sophocles, Antigone

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