lørdag 24. oktober 2015

Vandalism and polarisation: Something is rotten in India

Isn’t it very strange that all those who indulge in vandalism have social acceptability and those who question it are subjected to the nationalism test?

Even more disturbing than the vigilante violence India has seen in the past month is how ugly and polarised some of the responses to it have been. You would have imagined that irrespective of political affiliation and ideology, a basic humanism and sense of fair play would have brought people together. Instead, ifs and buts have qualified the expression of public revulsion at vandalism and, worse, murder. Most disappointing are those who have responded with silence, as if the debate about what sort of country we want to be is too inconvenient and other-worldly for them. Read more