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Blameless The Happy Vestal?

Justice Katju deems nearly all Indians to possess spotless minds. How far does the echo go?

Blameless The Happy Vestal?
Blameless The Happy Vestal?
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We live in a fools’ paradise, no less. What else can one call a country that patiently nurtures a populace composed overwhelmingly, as Justice Markandey Katju recently pronounced, of “fools”? The venerable former Supreme Court judge and sitting Press Council of India chairman has sentenced Indians to a lifetime of folly with a single statement: “90 per cent of Indians are fools”. No, he didn’t say those words on April 1, and yes, the allegation is no joke.

Social scientist Shiv Visvanathan says, “This is just the kind of elitist arrogance we don’t need. Our people vote in the democratic regime, our people brought down the Emergency. Sometimes there is populism, but overall, don’t you think Indian democracy is quite intelligent?”

Cricketer-turned-MP Kirti Azad agrees, “It bothers me that our country, our Parliament, are becoming regional and caste-based. But people who haven’t had the chance to receive an education, to know their rights can’t...

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