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Sorry, We Are Going Wrong

Where will a condoning of acquisitiveness and fratricidal violence lead us?

Sorry, We Are Going Wrong
Sorry, We Are Going Wrong
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As 2014 sighs to a beginning, the noise created by self-appointed ‘truth-screamers’ is deafening. Everyone seems to be searching for new passwords to an undefined hope.

The year will be as the previous year was: one of Narendra Modi and his spin doctors and the sanctimony of the AAP. The Congress and the UPA trail behind, reminding one of Kipling’s burnt fool, whose bandaged finger goes “wabbling back to the fire”. Calendars change, dates change too, but some lazy certainties are just carried forward. The question, then, is not whether India is going ‘Right’; it is whether India is going ‘wrong’. The quality of public discourse best reflects this scepticism as well as this not unfounded dose of pessimism. Three broad trends are worth considering.

The first is our love of simple binaries. These are formulated as: “If you oppose the BJP, you must be a pseudo-secularist and/or a lapdog of the Congress. If you argue for real equality and social justice, you must be a Communist, or worse still, a Naxal.”...

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