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Sunday, Oct 17, 2021
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A Monochromatic State

Intolerance is ingrained in the Congress as well as the Opposition

A Monochromatic State
Illustration by Sorit
A Monochromatic State
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The “rock star of yoga”, as BJP president Nitin Gadkari fawningly called him, has never sent my spirits on a roll. I hold no brief for his regressive politics either, even though I might agree with him on a point or two about corruption and black money. Yet, the midnight dandasana meted out to Baba Ramdev and his supporters by a high-handed establishment made me take a hard look at what we call our democracy. Democracy is not just rule by a party or coalition that is in majority; equally, it is the tolerance of criticism, adversarial opinion and peaceful protest.

In fact, directing criticism, adversarial argument and peaceful protest against the ruling dispensation are all legitimate means of persuasion and mobilisation in a democracy. Everyone—even a charlatan, or someone facing allegations of misconduct—is entitled to these democratic rights. It’s not just the UPA government, even the saffron-brigade supporters of Baba Ramdev, like the BJP and the RSS, need to imbibe this primary lesson of democracy and...

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