Our public (this is true elsewhere) likes to get stoned on ideology. One of my friends called it (the Lokpal celebration) champagne super-nova in the sky. In India it also reflects the Final Solution Syndrome - the psyche that yearns for 'victory over the evil outsiders after 1000 years' etc. I first heard this in December 1971, in a train in Bengal. It's still going on. As this piece shows, there's a lot of Freudian goings-on in Hindutva politics. ..DS
Kashmir Valley has seen many a lockdown but why this time it is so different
BJP thinks it is going to Indianise Kashmir. Instead, we will see, potentially, the Kashmirisation of India.
There are times in the history of a republic when it reduces itself to jackboot. Nothing more and nothing less. We are witnessing that moment in Kashmir. But this moment is also a dry run for the political desecration that may follow in the rest of India. The manner in which the BJP government has changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir by rendering Article 370 ineffective and bifurcating the state is revealing its true character. This is a state for whom the only currency that matters is raw power. This is a state that recognises no constraints of law, liberty and morality. This is a state that will make a mockery of democracy and deliberation. This is a state whose psychological principle is fear. This is a state that will make ordinary citizens cannon fodder for its warped nationalist pretensions.