The curse of a soft state
Democracies can remain healthy only when there is rule of the law, and when there is an efficient state machinery
The horrific rape of a young girl in a New Delhi bus last week has led to understandable public fury. The arrogant response by the political establishment has made matters worse. There is something perverse in the way the Indian state cannot protect citizens but turns its fury against youngsters who have taken to the streets to protest against this failure.