The Negotiations of Power from Centre to Periphery and Vice-Versa

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Any Indian newspaper today, carries some news related to AAP or Aam Aadmi Party. For the past few months, it has been a major discussion topic more so for the people of Delhi, but nonetheless for the rest of India as well.

So how has AAP successfully garnered so much attention? What does it bring to the table? Is it just about building a corrupt-free India? The answer is, certainly not. An even important factor is its basic ideology – that they are the common man, working for the common man. What they have successfully done is propagate the idea of distribution of power from the government into the hands of the common man. The government is the centre of power whereas the people are the periphery. This contemporary example helps us
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The entire education, health care, environment, and social sectors in the developing countries basically run and pump the money to the developed ones because they are the centre of power.

This is the Dependence Theory from the political and economic aspect as it was originated. But it has wider applications. From topics as big as the world economy to the running of an academic institute like MICA, it finds relevance at many places. Some of the below examples help us in understanding the importance of this theory even further:

In almost all major religions of the world, there is an intellectual elite appointed whose words and prophecies are considered to be of immense value by all the followers (Zarycki, 2007). For instance, Pope in Christianity is the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church (Pope). From long back in history, he has always held a central position of power for all the Christians of the world. He works for the spread of Christianity. He solves all disputes and governs the course of the religion itself. He is the centre and the followers are the periphery of Christianity.

A very contemporary example of how the theory works for the Indian culture is well explained by taking the example of Bollywood and Cricket in India. The stars are held in such high reverence and almost preached by the entire nation, that they have automatically become the centre of power. Their style statement, their dressing

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