Bangladesh is not a monarchy, it’s a People’s Republic, and yet its powerful political families are treated like royalty, a trend which is replicated across South Asia. Novelist and anthropologist Tahmima Anam explains why.
Is good PR the key to the enduring popularity of monarchy in the UK? Historian Justin Champion suggests that this might well be the case and says that the air of deference which comes with monarchy stops us from thinking clearly about what it means to be a citizen.
Psychologist Dorothy Rowe argues that the respect many people feel for royalty can come perilously close to trying to be like virtuous children. She also explains that even a fleeting encounter with a royal, perhaps shaking hands with a prince, makes many adults feel significant.
SIXTY SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
Queen for a day...
Writer Tahmima Anam says that once a year every person, including the Royal Family should be randomly paired with another person in their locality who lives a completely different life, and they would have to live the life of that person for one day.
They would live in that person's house, do that person's work, wear their clothes and eat their food.
Sometimes it is difficult to imagine the lives of others, this would create the basis for such imagining, and thus would reduce the amount of misunderstanding and misapprehension that people often have about others.
In Next Week’s Programme:
Conflicts in our brain, in particle physics and in literature, with American neuroscientist David Eagleman, Dutch physics Nobel Laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft and Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin.
Our three guests in the programme