04 December, 2020

New Year Diary

It took a battered woman’s gasps for life in the final fortnight to hold a mirror to the serial offences the Republic has quietly endured.

New Year Diary
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Gee, The Tweeple

If in 2011 the government revealed its disconnect with democracy’s undercurrent, those it governed began switching off from the mains—the processes, procedures and pivots that have kept the tableau afloat—in 2012. All year long, the BJP behaved as if it had met its oppositional obligations by slipping in sound bites through a tiny window on TV screens. From Ram Jethmalani to Prashant Bhushan, legal eagles were convinced that the judicial system they had built their fortunes on had become too much of a drag on everybody’s time. So a former irs officer happily conducted trials of the crooked and the corrupt in the court of public opinion (when not clambering up an electricity pole and cutting off the power supply).

It took a battered woman’s gasps for life in the final fortnight to hold a mirror to the serial offences the Republic has quietly endured. And, in some sort of poetic justice, it was Facebook and Twitter and BBM, which the high-IQ geniuses from Oxford, Stanford and Harvard had tried to fiddle...

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