By Tirthankar Mukherjee
Judging by what is dished out by the English-language media here,
Mongolian political leaders and policy makers do not much believe in
taking the masses into confidence. The paternalistic norms of the ancien
regime still hold sway: the people have no right, or business, to know
about any problem in the economy, no matter how threatening they are.
Ignorance is the best way to popular contentment, if not bliss. On their
part, the people, too, are happy to repose responsibility in these
leaders, unconcerned that complacency is no guarantee against
disappointment and disaster.