Thresholds of offence
If 'vigilante' action is simply forbidden, we can avoid even beginning the cycle that leads to mob violence
We have recently witnessed a series of tragedies, as well as a set of incidents of public humiliation, all of which appear to signal rising intolerance in our country. The president has expressed himself eloquently on the issue, and numerous public commentators have lamented the loss of the ancient Indian traditions of pluralism, openness to ideas and syncretism. Are we witnessing a fundamental shift in Indian attitudes and a rejection of these core values? Is this, on the other hand, a more superficial trend? Are the worrying actions that we are seeing reversible with swift and decisive action?