30 November, 2020

Looking Ahead

As Outlook celebrates its 21st anniversary, we look at the exc­iting and ominous possibilities ahead

Illustration by Saahil
Looking Ahead

As Outlook celebrates its 21st anniversary, we were busy looking at the exc­iting, and at times ominous, possibilities in the world of science, fiction, ideology, religion, society and much else. But the events that overtook us this week were constantly forcing us to look back, actually to look over our shoulders. The dark forces that lurk in the shadowy world where power, politics and pelf meet have almost succeeded in deposing the young chief minister of the most populous state of the country. Even as we go to the press, we do not know whether Akhilesh Yadav will survive the trials of filial intrigues or not. He may falter; he may fall. More than his failure as an individual, the shenanigans of the Yadava clan depict the failure of our politics.

All of a sudden, the narrative has changed from a discourse on ideology, wealth creation, jobs and growth to that of the many wives of a politician and their children, their ambitions and the conspiracies they hatch to grab and smash. Though the Ram Lila season is over, there is now prime-time Ramlila of the Ramanand...



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