In Christian mythology, the devil has a cloven hoof. Sometimes this hoof shows under his long robe, giving him away. Our devil's hoof is the settlements. While scrutinizing any idea or plan, one should lift the hem of the robe and see what it is standing on.
Around 420 tonnes of timing and scoring equipment was used at the Beijing Games; around 450 technicians and engineers, apart from 1,000 volunteers, were used to ensure that the results were always right. Indeed, several partners of the Games were competing in their own Tech Olympics
The latest email tries to refute the allegations of the Gujarat police that the SIMI activists arrested by them were the perpetrators of the Ahmedabad blasts. It denies that the SIMI has metamorphosed into the IM as alleged by the Gujarat Police.
We heard about 'decompression' and other such absurdities but no coherent advocacy of the rule of law, the necessity of imposing the writ of the state, or of protecting the lives, properties and freedom of movement of the common people, found any meaningful space in the frenetic policy discourse over weeks of crisis.