27 October, 2020

You Can't Buy The People Of India

Even Vajpayee proved no match in the Byzantine complexity of Indian reality where class, caste, ethnic and religious loyalties change every 200 km.

You Can't Buy The People Of India
Although I am tempted to declare that pseudo-secularism has triumphed, it is Indian democracy (pseudo-secularism included) which has triumphed. Not only has the country been stunned by the awesome verdict, the entire free world must learn from the courage of the poor, the illiterate, the voiceless and the underprivileged of the earth's largest democracy as they punish rulers who thought their realm consisted of 150 million for whom India was definitely 'shining'. That this resentment against a callous, corrupt, divisive government, with a seemingly benign leader, was not picked up by the news media or political parties should keep researchers engaged for a few years. Since the news media is made up of people comprising India Shining, it did not submit the dubious slogan to the scrutiny and scepticism it deserved. This magazine's record in exposing the slogan is better but that does not absolve us of all responsibility.

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