Bereaved --and bereft of Nirmal, I am bewildered, almost like a philosopher facing the obvious ... Thank you, Nirmal, for making me an intimate witness. Now I will recall even my quarrels with you with a tinge of wistfulness.
Don't we owe a tribute--before we cast our votes--to 'parivar's and 'samghatana's, 'sena's and 'brigades' that assiduously work towards keeping our 'sentiments' alive? Must we not laud their cadres and storm-troopers for their sentimental zeal?
Is Maharashtra's Home Minister declaring another Emergency of his own during this pre-election period? Will champions of civil liberties remain articulately silent and silently articulate in the face of this clear and present danger to democracy itse
What we have at stake in the floundering career of our Republic is the plural character of our polity pitted against a conformism imposed from above, i.e. by an elite conspiring and conniving to rule the vast mass of population.