25 January, 2021

'None Of The Above'

Their disconnect with elections is not always a function of their station in life, but the venality of politics itself

Saibal Das
'None Of The Above'
These are the people everybody else loves to hate. A designer-labelled, body-pierced generation that believes that roti, kapda aur makaan are no longer basic needs, just idle concerns about calories, cuts and carpet area.

They’re the young urban Indians who live in those bits of Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai that other people come to gape at. It’s easy enough to dismiss them as effete irrelevances in a political world where Dalit is the meaningful class affiliation, not Dolce & Gabbana. But are these people really just self-centred, or is their alienation a sign that the political process has failed them, because it holds no resonance for them?

Bangalore: There’s a buoyant group in a chic open-air restaurant on M.G. Road. Sindhu, 22, who has just returned from New York, sends clouds of smoke over the table and into her hair. She is studying for a bachelor’s in computer applications. Malavika, 18, nose stud flashing in the light, says she wants to study journalism in Delhi and Sajith, 25, has joined a multinational bank.

Their conversation is more...



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