18 September, 2020

Opinion | Why Police Treating Us Like Animals? Why Are Humans Made To Crawl, Duck-Walk, Frog-March?

We are in an Emergency; the State has sucked up our power to make even the most ordinary decisions, writes Outlook's Executive Editor, Sunil Menon

Opinion | Why Police Treating Us Like Animals? Why Are Humans Made To Crawl, Duck-Walk, Frog-March?
outlookindia.com
2020-04-03T18:00:25+05:30

As fear of the elevator button, of the ATM keyboard, of flat, gleaming surfaces…sneaking new forms of dread grip us today. Maybe they will linger and become part of our bouquet of bodily reflexes, long after the corona pandemic blows over. Will we fear that man next to us on the Metro? Animals? Currency notes? Will our enduring bequest be a supermart tray full of irrational new tics, pangs and OCDs? We will have to live long enough to find out.

But there’s one ancient figure of fear among them, one that has always been with us, a dull, thick presentiment of pain that is newly sharper. A transparent, polycarbonate, soulless piece of fear that comes swishing through the spring air like a whip.

It’s the fear of the policeman. It’s not easy to comprehend and master a battle with unseen things. But to get there, India first needs enough time and mental space away from things it can see. It’s a long list—from the casually cruel, to the abnormal, to the truly depressing. Like the hundreds of thousands of Indians who have to get home...

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