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It’s that time of the season when…

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12.07.2018

…premonition casts a darker shadow over the op-ed pages where a wilful suspension of dissent prevailed for long, as if to speak up was to commit blasphemy, to give oneself to the internet lynch mob, to isolate oneself as a heretic worthy of being burned at the digital stake; and where the fear of being frowned upon by the one whose name shall not be mentioned ran between the lines;

…dissenting savants have regained their words, shed the last raiment of fear, and written the last phrase that an irredeemable regime deserves, a regime, as the newly liberated pundits tell us, that has outlived the vote—and, more significantly, their initial endorsement;

…the political obituary, the eleventh-hour dissenters’ last act of bravado, shows an aversion to the normal, defines change in terms of comfort and status quo, and takes particular offence at initiatives that imagine a future beyond an inherited mess in the marketplace and in taxation;

…Demonetisation rhymes with demonisation, no matter if the same people sought by news cameras for the perfect queue on election days queued up outside ATMs too, without complaining, vindicating the truth that the credibility of the politician who takes the boldest—or........

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