India desperately needs to be rescued from itself – Editorial
…What is remarkable about New India – should that be the Bharatiya Janata Party’s India? – is that nothing to do with the ancient world, myth or history, is a stretch any more. It is a brave new world in which the prime minister insists, even to a gathering of doctors, that Ganesha’s elephant head was a result of plastic surgery.…
Waves of ignorance have submerged sensible political life. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP and the present Congress government are bickering over the building of a Sita mata mandir in Sri Lanka; the country has obviously come a long way since the dreams 72 years ago – or more accurately, gone back.
It is truly a surreal time, when the Uttar Pradesh chief minister calls Hanuman a Dalit or forest-dweller – without sighting him, it seems – and one BJP leader decides he is a Vaishya, another that he is a Muslim, till the state sports minister, a former cricketer, chips in with a superior sort of piety: gods cannot have caste, hence Hanuman was a sportsperson. India desperately needs to be rescued from itself. Only a decisive, collective rationality can do that.
- Was India More Religiously Tolerant 70 Odd Years Ago Than It Is Today? – By Samyuktha Nair (Aug 24, 2019, ED Times)
- ‘The Idea of India’ is failing – By C. Rammanohar Reddy (Aug 19, 2019, The Hindu)
- The anger of New India – By Ajay Gudavarthy (Aug 24, 2019, The Telegraph)
- Democracy under siege – By Dushyant Dave (Aug 20, 2019, The Hindu)