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Strained apology

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An apology under pressure reeks of insincerity, particularly when it comes from a politician. And like all political apologies, Jayant Sinha has prefaced his “sorry” with the “if” that adds to the hollowness of the civil aviation minister’s bid to weather the buffeting turbulence he triggered for himself by felicitating persons convicted for a ‘gau rakshak’ lynching whose life-sentences have only been suspended ~ not set aside ~ by the High Court.

Leading the whip-crackers was the minister’s father, Yashwant Sinha, a former senior minister of the BJP who quit the party over serious differences with the Modi-Shah regime, well-known “supercop” Julio Ribeiro, and a host of respected civil servants who........

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