In India, it appears as though suddenly the media have just slapped Left, Right labels on political parties out of the blue, because it certainly didn't seem to be there before.
To my eyes, there are certainly more people around.
- Real conservatives - The actual people who want medieval Indian values of spirituality come back, and that consumerism has been imported from the West. Not business oriented.
- New religionists - Those who think Indians was so much more advanced in the past and that we only have to look into Vedas and religious texts to go ahead. Business oriented.
- Nehruvian socialists - Those who think India has suffered due to systemic defects in native cultures and religions, and generally prefer importing Western concepts. The more radical among them are Marxists. Not business oriented.
Here is an article wondering the same thing, though saying something different : http://indospheric.blogspot.in/2008/10/afterword-on-quigleys-comparative.html
So I keep wondering if Right-Left are applicable to India, or indeed, anywhere outside USA.
OTOH, there is some clustering into 2 groups going on even here.
So is there some political theory explaining how religion, business orientedness, social programmes are all tied together necessarily?