24 November, 2020

Run, But You Can't Hide On Doublespeak Avenue

Is there need for intellectually mangled positions on the Olympic torch run?

Dinesh Parab
Run, But You Can't Hide On Doublespeak Avenue
outlookindia.com
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What do Aamir Khan and Kiran Bedi have in common? Not much, you might say, apart from being public figures who sometimes get into trouble for the things they say and do. The Bollywood star alleged to have a sensitive, brooding side, and the tough former cop allegedly unburdened by such personality traits, are not even on the same side of the Olympic torch controversy. Aamir will run; Kiran, it now turns out, won't.

What they do have in common, however, is the knots they've tied themselves into while explaining their positions on this controversy, if you can call them positions. When Kiran first articulated hers ten days ago, the air was thick with 'high-level' Indian assurances of 'watertight' security arrangements for the Olympic torch's journey through the capital, to keep Chinese face. The relay run with the torch, it was clear, even to someone who has never worn a police uniform, was going to be a regulated affair, and not a joyous and untrammelled expression of the Olympic spirit. And while Tibetan protesters were unlikely to...

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