No Country For Rationalists


No Country For Rationalists

Illustration: Rutuja Patil/ Arré


he Rational Choice Theory is an economic principle that states that individuals always make prudent and logical decisions. These decisions provide people with the greatest benefit or satisfaction — given the choices available — and are also in their highest self-interest.

It’s at play in matters of personal importance like choosing a nursery school for our children where we would make our choice on rational things like say facilities and location rather than colour of the uniform. But what happens when we try to be rationalists outside our homes, in matters that concern the country? Bollywood actor Om Puri got the answer to this question the hard way.