These are interesting times. After the century of ideology, we are now in a century of identity. All political parties work within the boundaries of “national” even though their geographies are different. Five states are due for elections. We see a clash of emotions. In a post-truth world, emotions are fuelled by othering, a driving force in today’s politics.
Dominique Moïsi, a senior adviser at the French Institute for International Relations, in an essay titled How cultures of fear, humiliation and hope are reshaping the world, says that “mapping of emotions will become as legitimate and compulsory an exercise as the mapping of geographical realities”. There is a greater need to understand “the Other” and to answer the question, who is this other.